American prisoners and dogs help each other: animal therapy in prisons
In prisons in the United States, an animal therapy project is underway, thanks to which animals from shelters find new homes.
In the photo: dogs who found new homes thanks to prisoners. Photo: news.tut.ru
In Arizona, an animal therapy program is held at a women's prison. The goal of the program is to care for the animals that were in the shelter, as well as their training. However, rehabilitation is not only dogs, but also people.
In the photo: a prisoner is teaching a dog. Photo: news.tut.ru
Every day, female prisoners come to the shelter and communicate with dogs, cats and horses. And after the animals undergo rehabilitation, they are arranged in new families.
In the photo: the prisoner communicates with the dog. Photo: news.tut.ru
Another program is called Paws for Life. Its participants - prisoners in a California prison - train dogs that have been brought to the shelter so that they can get the Canine Good Citizen certificate and find a new family.
In the photo: a dog licks a prisoner during a briefing. Photo: news.tut.ru
Prisoners of a California prison sentenced to life imprisonment and will never be released. But they have the opportunity to help others get a chance for a new happy life. The prisoners responsibly approached the preparation for the project - they studied the behavior of dogs and the methods of their training.
The program lasts 12 weeks, and all this time the dogs live in prison. Each of them has its own person, the training process is led by a professional instructor.
After classes, dogs accompany prisoners to cells where they play with people, hug, or watch TV. And before going to bed, animals are taken to aviaries located in the prison.
At the end of the program, the dogs pass the exam, receive certificates and safely find new families. But, of course, the moment of separation of prisoners from four-legged wards is not complete without tears.
However, after some time, prisoners get a new opportunity to help dogs - a new batch of homeless animals arriving in prison, who need training and accommodation.
Communicating with dogs is a very valuable experience for prisoners, because the animals do not care what these people did and why they ended up in prison.
Dogs love them no matter what. And many prisoners in communication with animals open up from a new perspective, demonstrating humanity, revising their views on the world and their place in it. Some of the program participants admitted that dogs taught them to love.