Community Involvement, Dog News

New Life K9 team raises $100k

Three incarcerated men in New Life K9s program stand with dogs.
From left are William Segura with K9 Bobbi, Raymond Robles and Brandon Gonzalez with K9 Darla.

Brandon Gonzalez, currently incarcerated at California Men’s Colony (CMC), describes his experience as part of the New Life K9 Program at CMC as “priceless.”

Gonzalez, along with incarcerated individuals William Segura and Raymond Robles, are participants in CMC’s New Life K9 program and each is quick to provide a heartfelt acknowledgement of how grateful they are for the program.

The three men, along with other incarcerated program participants, turned gratitude into action by organizing two fundraisers, grossing nearly $100,000.

The money came from food sales offered in February and July.

Small-business restaurants prepared top-notch barbecue for the sale. When all was said and done, the two restaurants received approximately $23,000 in sales, which helped their COVID-19 depleted bottom lines.

New Life K9 programs at CMC, Pleasant Valley State Prison and the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad were provided much-needed support via those same fundraisers.

The three men described how being trusted with facilitating such large fundraisers was gratifying.

Learn more about New Life K9s on their website.

Submitted by Lt. John Hill

Learn more about CDCR’s K-9 programs.

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