There is new hope for shelter cats in the Yacolt, Washington area. The program is called “Cuddly Catz” and it gives both inmates at the Larch Corrections Center and cats a second chance.
If a prisoner is non-violent and has a record of good behavior then they are allowed to participate in the program.
The inmates are in charge of everything including the litter box. They also keep the cat with them as well as all of the toys and food -- all of the items are donated.
This program allows for cats to be ready for adoption outside of prison when they might have not been adoptable at all. The cats that are chosen for the program might have lost their lives because of their behavioral issues and other concerns.
One prisoner, who was in charge of a cat named Princess Natalie, stated that the feline used to spray and scratch people but now she is much more lovable and friendly.
The inmates also benefit from companionship and take pride in preparing the animals for adoption. After all, we all need a second chance, both animals and humans.
Special thanks to HLN.
Photo credit: Screen capture HLN