Saving Castaways

Castaways offers a look at redemption and second chances


by CastawaysAdmin on May 30, 2013

Esther meets her new family for the first time.  Still shy, she will soon learn to trust and love her new adoptive family.  Esther is up to a proper and healthy weight after years of neglect and abuse. No longer cowering from human interaction, she now exhibits typical animal behaviors and social interaction.  Trainer Jason Mayo says ‘goodbye’ and embraces Esther for the last time.  Jason worked continually for 5 weeks to heal and rehabilitate Esther to the point where she has moved from her puppy mill abuse to trusting humans – maybe for the first time in her life.  Saved from a puppy mill and an abusive life, Esther spent 8 months at the no-kill National Puppy Mill Rescue where she was cared for and brought back to health.  Her emotional scars of abuse made her very distrustful of humans and therefor unlikely to be adopted. Her inclusion into the K-9 prison program was a turning point in her rehabilitation.  Five weeks of continual human attention and interaction, offender and trainer Jason Mayo, slowly restored trust within Esther.  Her true-self  soon emerged.  Today she is a playful and responsive companion.  danny_Doghugpicshow

11 thoughts on “Esther

  1. Leslie Riordan says:

    How is Esther now? She has a new family?
    I was moved by her and Jason’s story; you are doing God’s work!

    • CastawaysAdmin says:

      Esther did get adopted by a great couple who already had adopted a dog through the K-9 program and were looking for a friend for that dog. They actually brought that dog back to prison and the handler worked with both dogs so they were comfortable with each other and interact accordingly. The dogs are great friends and are both doing well.

  2. Linda Abbott says:

    Thank you so much for the update. I was so moved by the story of this dog and her trainer. There is a special place in heaven for all of you. You are a blessing in this world.

  3. sharon says:

    GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU such a wonderful thing to do for these beautiful dogs, our black lab died a few months ago she was 14 they are loving loyal dogs so happy these dogs are getting a second chance at being loved

  4. Kathy says:

    Incredible story! and what a wonderful ending!

  5. Ellen Discher says:

    I saw Esther’s video and was so impressed with the program and how it benefits canines and inmates. I would like more information on this program; would it be possible for you to send me whatever you have pertaining to this? I thank you in advance, and also for the wonderful work you are doing.

  6. Dawn Dayringer says:

    I know that Esther’s story is one of thousands and hope that you continue to post success stories on FB for us to share around the world. Thank you for all you do!

  7. Great story .Love happy ending. My heart broke for this poor Lab, having a beautiful English Yellow Lab I know how wonderful and loving these dogs can be. I hated to see how Esther was treated before your work with her. Keep up the good work I just wish all shelters would give all of these animals a chance and let them all go to all of you for rehabilitating ,and much love. Thank you so much.

  8. Sherri Messina says:

    Amazing!!!!! Not only is it helping these dogs but the inmates as well, just amazing. Whoever thought of this program is a genius!!!!

  9. Eileen Entler says:

    I was moved to tears watching the video of Esther & her trainer Jason, & was, in fact, impressed with the whole concept. I’d seen it with horses some years ago & I loved the idea that working with & taking care of the horses was rehabilitating the prisoners, but to further that idea & have BOTH the prisoners AND the dogs become rehabilitated is SO heartwarming, but not really surprising. I KNOW what the benefits of having a loving animal around can do … I’ve had pets since the time I was born & couldn’t IMAGINE being without (at LEAST) one in my life, & they were ALWAYS considered family!
    Once again, I want you to know how impressed & touched I am, & would beg you to PLEASE keep up the good work!!!!!

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