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IN Lifestyle ON 08 Nov, 2015
The dog is man's best friend, and a prison of America has made the best use of this idea. Dogs are kept as cellmates with the prisoners.
The results obtained by this uncommon practice is extraordinary. It has changed the lives of both the prisoners and the animals.
Canine CellMates team came up with the exclusive scheme in which each convict is kept with a dog awaiting adoption. The inmate also needs to provide training to his allotted canine as part of the work scheme.
The deserted animals get a chance to find a family willing to adopt them in the near future. Also, the inmates get a soothing experience by looking after the canines 24/7.
The dogs eat, sleep and exercise with their handlers.
The Canine CellMates mission has expanded from saving dogs to supporting the trainers making a transition from jail.
Susan Jacobs-Meadows, executive director of Canine CellMates, said: "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." One of the prisoners added: "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."