A dog rehabilitation center, the first of its kind, is hoping to find homes this vacation for a few of its recent graduates.

The ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Weaverville provides training and treatment for fearful and emotionally scarred animals. Senior manager Deirdre Franklin said many dogs have suffered traumatic lives – from puppy mills, hoarding situations and illegal dog fighting operations.

“Our goal is to get them to the point where they’re going to be adoptable and not only be successful at home, but help adopters and dogs have success and a happy quality of life,” Franklin said.

According to Franklin, the center can house up to 65 dogs at a time. On average, it takes dogs 13 weeks to complete the rehabilitation program.

Currently, the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center has several dogs ready for adoption.

Kong and Hammond got a second chance to live in ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center.

Kong, a 3-year-old black-and-tan mixture, was found and rescued from a coal mine in Virginia. Kong loves to play outdoors and is a pro when it comes to walking on a leash. He weighs around 57 pounds, is a housekeeper and loves being around other dogs. Click here to learn more about Kong.

FOSTER PARENTS NEEDED FOR SOME SPECIAL DOGS IN WEST NORTH CAROLINA

Hammond, or Hammy, is a sweet, one-eyed beagle who loves cheese. The 5-year-old puppy was seized along with 90 other dogs in a hoarding situation. Hammond is blind, but you probably wouldn’t know it. He is curious and enjoys exploring his surroundings. Click here to learn more about Hammond.

ASPCA OPENS THE FIRST REHABILITATION FACILITY OF ITS KIND IN WEAVERVILLE

The ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center has rehabilitated and adopted approximately 500 dogs during its eight years of operation.

Click here for more information on adopting or fostering a dog.