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Therapy dog graduates from Mule Creek State Prison

Incarcerated man kneeling next to a dog.
Incarcerated trainers helped rescue dog Burnett earn certification as a therapy dog.

When the team at Paws For Life (PFL) K9 Rescue met Burnett at a South L.A. Animal Shelter, they knew he was destined for great things.

Uniformed officer standing and looking down at a dog.
Rescue dog Burnett completed thorough training to help firefighters.

But PFL never imagined this.

Recently Burnett was placed as a certified PFL therapy dog with the County of Los Angeles Fire Department, Fire Crew No. 2.

Credit goes to the hard work and dedication of the incarcerated trainers at Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP). Burnett received specialized training to relieve stress and provide comfort to firefighters on the front lines.

Battling wildfires can take an emotional and physical toll on firefighters, but Burnett has come to the rescue.

As the firefighters were being trained to navigate their new therapy dog, Burnett demonstrated his skills performing over 40 commands flawlessly.

PFL is proud to offer this important resource to the County of Los Angeles. PFL continues to find innovative ways to impact the lives of first responders and the community at large.

PFL thanks the staff at MCSP for continuing to support these efforts.

The program was founded in 2014 with a simple goal to create a dog training program for incarcerated people.

Over time, as PFL saw the impact their program was having on the incarcerated population, along with the dogs, PFL decided to enhance their programming, increase training curricula and find additional ways to greatly impact the community.

PFL now includes seven programs at three California state prisons with over 180 trainers. PFL has also expanded its services to first responders and victims of violent crimes. For more information on Paws for Life K9 Rescue visit