Published: Jul 09, 2014 4:56 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 09, 2014 7:44 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Middle school students are learning how to train dogs in Cape Coral and they're gaining self-confidence at the same time.

But the dogs they are working with have a story to tell as well. The dogs are special because they've been given a second chance at life.

Each dog was about to be put down in a shelter, but thanks to some determined kids and a unique partnership, they're looking for some new homes.

Eleven year old Caelin O'Brien is determined to find "Cherry" a forever home.

She joins other middle school students at Healing PawsAbilities, learning how to train Cherry in a special class.

"I'm learning that dogs have different traits when they are sad or mad!"said O'Brien.

The day each one of these dogs was about to be put down, the organization Brooke's Legacy Animal Rescue saved them.

"They go into the shelters and the only dogs they pull are on the euthanasia kill floor," said Kelly Legarreta. She is a dog trainer. Together with Brooke's Legacy and Tara Moser, a counselor with Delta Family Counseling, who specializes in using dogs for therapy, these classes for Pawsitive Kids Camp were born.

The dogs looking for homes learn some new tricks and manners.

The kids learn clicker training, which is all positive training, and the dogs learn their names, how to come sit down and we do a little bit of agility," said Legarreta.

As Moser explains, the children learn self esteem. "Theres a hormonal release that happens within the body when you are around animals, it helps the kids calm down," she explained.

The campers will host an adoption event on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at The Beach Dog in Cape Coral from 12pm-3pm to showcase their camp dogs, the new behaviors and cues they have taught them, and more; all in hopes of finding forever homes for the camp dogs.