Dogs are the best friends of human. They are extremely loyal and develop an unconditional love for their caregiver.
Many people find the company of a dog extremely helpful in these difficult times of their lives, and this stimulates the Canine CellMates foundation to run a program with the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta.
Source: Canine Cell Mates
Namely, this program allows inmates to train and care for shelter dogs for two months.
This has many advantages: prisoners have learned responsibility and accountability, and these temporary owners felt the unconditional love of their dogs, which helped them gained confidence in working towards a positive outcome. In addition, they developed skills that will help them to become law-abiding and productive.
J. Lennox Gavin, a professional dog trainer, and director of training for Canine CellMates says:
“By using positive training, we are also able to teach the inmates how to approach problems in a positive way. It is a true transformation we are seeing with the guys.”
Moreover, this program significantly reduces the percentage of v.i.o.l.e.n.t outbursts in prison and jail facilities, and recidivism rates have shown dramatic improvements.
A successful story is that of John Dolan and the pitbull George, that transformed this life completely. George felt responsible for taking care of the dog, which meant he should stay out of prison in order to be able to provide care for it. Therefore, he started selling his draftsman and stayed away from d.r.u.g.s.
The program has also shown that responsibility should not be taken away, but it should be given, as it can serve as an effective tool to make positive change.
John Dolan and George the dog They are inseparable from each other. John is mainly to be found in trendy Shoreditch. Source: Facebook John Nolan
Susan Jacobs-Meadows, an avid dog lover, explains:
“I had heard of these programs elsewhere, and really wanted to start this in Fulton County. I was looking to make a difference and felt that with a program like this, we could really start to change people from in the inside and also help dogs find good homes.
We really want to make this a model program, and we need help in everything from fundraising, marketing to helping with canine transport and the adoption program.
The dogs are the instrument to change these men. We’re putting in place a program that will allow these men to be better — better parents to their children, better children to their parents, and better citizens in their community.”
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