Program looks to pair inmates with dogs
Posted on January 11, 2010 under Pet Health & Safety
In an effort to teach prisoners about humanity as well as diminish overcrowded animal shelters, the Society of Humane Friends and the Gwinnett County jail in Georgia are teaming up to combine prisoners with abandoned animals, according to WSBTV.com.
The inmates are given dogs that are about to be euthanized, and are expected to provide proper pet care. This program hopes to save the lives of many dogs that would otherwise be put down, in addition to changing the lives of prisoners.
A similar program has been adapted in correctional facilities in more than 17 states, which is why Dennis Kronenfeld, president of the Society of Humane Friends, feels that this effort will work. Kronenfeld told AJC.com that he once read a story about how a convicted murderer was involved in a similar program and went from cold-blooded killer to a friendly man who would play with the pup.
"Now, when a dog has that kind of influence on these people, you know that it’s a program worth pursuing," Kronenfeld said.