Dogs that cannot be put in homes are matched with inmates at the Monroe Correctional Facility. Inmates were screened and received classroom instruction from the Humane Society on how to take care of animals. The sheriff says the program benefits the community. There are 13 inmates certified to take care of dogs at this time.

It's a "New Leash on Life" for unadoptable dogs...

Wednesday, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office announced a new partnership with the Humane Society of Greater Rochester and Lollypop Farm.

Dogs that cannot be put in homes are matched with inmates at the Monroe Correctional Facility. Inmates were screened and received classroom instruction from the Humane Society on how to take care of animals. The sheriff says the program benefits the community.

"Inmate handlers learn to take responsibility for taking care of a dog and learning the specific job skills and life skills required in that," says Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn, "and the dogs become adoptable and hopefully find new homes and free up space in the shelters."

"I didn't think he would adapt at first but he really came to as his own like a dog at home, you know, meeting new people," says Geno Tavolino, inmate.

There are currently 13 inmates certified to take care of dogs.