Lawrence nonprofit cooks up dog treats for good cause

LAWRENCE, Kansas (AP) A program that began seven years ago to help homeless people in Lawrence gain job skills has proven to be a hit with four-legged visitors to the local farmers’ market.

Dogs can’t seem to get enough of Good Dog! Biscuits & Treats, baked fresh five days a week in the kitchen of the Lawrence Community Shelter.

The treats are made and marketed by residents of the shelter. The nonprofit’s founder and general manager, Dianne Huggins, says the idea was to give people a chance to develop skills that could help them find jobs and get out of homelessness.

Eight or nine current or former residents are employed at a time by Good Dog!, and Huggins says 16 people so far have graduated to other jobs.

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