Sitting in a corner of the Girardot Center basement, teen Luke Clinton is waiting--waiting for his main girl, Casey. With a brown nose, a big smile and large floppy ears she’s far from your average girl. Casey’s a dog.
The two were brought together through the Early Prevention Impacts Communities Coalition program EPIC Pals. The program works to build protective factors in at risk youth like impulse control and good decision making in order to prevent substance abuse. As a result, the youth are able to use those same skills to build healthy relationships with their dogs.