Each dog is specially chosen as a puppy to be trained for a child.WAGS 4 Kids is a non-profit
organization that survives solely on donations. Each family is asked to have a fundraiser to help "Pay it Forward," not for their dog, but for the next one to go to a child in need. These animals can cost up to $16,000 to train and care for. Each inmate approved for the program is trained by a professional. Training the dog can take nearly two years.WAGS4 Kids covers the cost of all veterinary needs, food, supplies and training.The professional trainers often travel two hours or more to the prison to meet with the inmates and help train the dogs.