The first Dog-Tags Class graduated.  Sheriff Neil Godfrey, Lieutenant Forrest, Mary Joe and her staff of instructors Tom and Joe, along with Lieutenant Johns from the Ft. Bragg Warrior Transition Battalion presented students with Graduation certificates.

Several students made public comments, thanking the Sheriff, his staff, Mary Joe and her staff for the outstanding program.  “I have not felt this kind of comradery in a long time; thank you!”

Moore County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services partnered with the Moore County’s Dog Tags program to pair wounded soldiers with dogs. Soldiers are taught how to train Animal Services animals so they are more likely to be adopted.  The curriculum consists of proper handling of dogs, how to manage an aggressive dog, basic obedience training, insurance issues, information about search and rescue dogs and careers associated with dogs.

Moore County Sheriff Neil Godfrey stated “the Dog Tags program benefits the soldiers, the dogs, and Moore County families who adopt these dogs.  It’s an honor for the Moore County Sheriff’s Office to work alongside heroes that have given so much to our country and now to our community.”

Participating Dog Tags animals will be marked accordingly and made available for adoption. Soldiers participating in the Dog Tags program meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30-8:00 pm.

To learn more about the program or adopting one of the furry friends, please contact the Moore County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Center at (910) 947-2858 or visit website at:

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