Happy Tail: Inmates partner with pets
Dogs listed on Petfinder are awaiting their second chances. And in an
inspiring program, the dogs listed by the Second
Chances Canine Program in St. Mary, KY, are also giving inmates at the nearby Marion
Adjustment Center correctional facility a second chance.
The Marion Adjustment Center has partnered with Friends of Second
Chances, the Marion County Animal Shelter and a community of volunteers
to make the program work, helping inmates learn life skills such as
patience, responsibility and compassion. They also learn job skills.
At the same time, dogs in the program graduate with obedience
training that ensures they won’t end up back at the shelter for
want of manners. They also are spayed or neutered, get their routine
shots and are housetrained.
Dot Campbell of Louisville, KY, adopted Tilly — a graduate of the
Second Chances Program — and praises the training Tilly received. Tilly,
she says, “is such an awesome and loving girl! I am so blessed to have
found her and to have added her to my family.”
The Second Chances Canine Program is a win-win for everyone.
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