In Indiana of 2015, the Animal Protection League started a wonderful program in Pendleton Correctional Facility (F.O.R.W.A.R.D). Their mission is simple, to foster shelter cats in a safe, healthy and cage-free environment while teaching offender cat caregivers responsibility, compassion, and empathy.
And so far, the program has proved to be very beneficial for both cats and inmates!
"The MCKC Program has reduced offender idleness, taught offenders about responsibility and increased their self-esteem." Purrfect Pals wrote on their website. "The presence of animals on E Unit has added a new calmness to E Unit's therapeutic milieu and strengthened its community spirit."
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