The dogs have completed a year of fostering with local volunteers, and they’ll now start their professional training.
In 4 to 6 months, they’ll be certified assistance dogs to help people on the autism spectrum.. people with hearing disabilities.. or to become facility dogs – which help teachers, doctors and therapists.
Foster families who watched over the dogs throughout the process say that it’s bittersweet.
“It’s surreal, it’s a little sad of course. It’s like taking your kids to college and sending them off, you’re very proud of them,” said puppy foster, Kela Meredith.
The graduation ceremony was followed up with pizza and pictures.
NBC5 News reporter Mariah Mills is a Medford native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s Degree in journalism. She also minored in sociology.
In school, she covered Oregon athletics for the student-run television station, Duck TV. When she’s not reporting, she’s reading, hiking and rooting for her favorite teams, the Seattle Seahawks and the Oregon Ducks.