There’s a new system that is now changing the lives of people and animals alike. In this new scheme, prisoners are given the chance to train pups that were left at animal shelters.
There are many dogs that are left unclaimed in shelters as well as inmates who seek to have a fun activity. To benefit both a new program, Canine CellMates, was introduced.
Every inmate is paired to a pup that is still waiting for a new owner. The prisoner is tasked to take care of the dog and train it for the next two months. They can also teach them basic tricks like sitting and rolling over.
The animal, in return, shows affection to his new trainer. With the training, the canines are also expected to learn discipline and sense of responsibility, traits that their new owners would love to see in them.
Executive director of the project, Susan Jacobs-Meadows, remarked, “Most of these guys gave up believing that there was very much of value to them a long time ago. But when that dog loves them and trusts them that starts to change how they feel about themselves.”
So far, the project is seeing positive results. Joseph Baker, one of the inmates, shared, “This program has changed me—it has taught me to have responsibility and how to have patience.”
Another one was heard saying, “The bond that me and Fred have . . . He came to a place where he was going to be put to death, and I came from a place that was on the bad side. If Fred can have an opportunity to go to a good home and he can change, that makes me want to change the environment that I’m in. That means I can do better also.”
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