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Rescue Dogs and Trouble Youths Team Up For Shared Goal

Nonprofit group pairs teens with hard-to-adopt dogs.

A nonprofit based in Toledo, Ohio, is working to help find homes for rescue dogs and help troubled youth at the same time. According to The Blade, Toledo's Pet Bull Project has been pairing 14- to 18-year-olds with hard-to-adopt canines for about a year.

The program is called Teacher's Pet and it has helped up to 25 dogs since it began. The teens write essays to become part of the project that includes two-hour classes held for six weeks.

"They're just dogs that get looked over for some reason," Cindy Reinsel, director of Toledo's Pet Bull Project, told the source. "And they're awesome dogs, just as sweet as can be. So to be able to put this program on there, people may decide to take one of these dogs."

Once the dogs complete the program, they are tested. Those who pass receive a "canine good-citizenship certification." The Teacher's Pet project has been successful because most of the dogs that took part have found loving homes, according to the source.

Toledo's Pet Bull Project offers a variety of services, including humane education classes for youths, pet safety courses and a "pawsitive" reading program.

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