Freedom and prison are two words that don’t go together. However, for dogs who have been locked up in a shelter for a long time, there was one prison that gave them a good life. Here’s the story of the Villalobos Rescue Center (VRC) and its prison program.
Tia, the owner of VRC, worked with another organization called DAWGS (Dogs Achieving Wellness and Good Structure) to bring twenty-two dogs to prison inmates. It is part of the prison program where dogs are put under the care of prison inmates. The dogs get a new home, and the inmates are given a chance to grow as a person.
The inmates’ role is to take care of the dogs until a family can adopt them. The dogs will also help rehabilitate and give the inmates a new perspective on life. Most importantly, the shelters that are always full of dogs will be greatly benefited.
A local news station interviewed Tia before they delivered the dogs to the prison. After the interview, the staff from VRC and DAWGS brought select dogs to meet the inmates assigned to them. The dogs, as well as the inmates, were very excited.
The inmates listened carefully to the rules and instructions given to them. They were also anxious to have the opportunity to take care of dogs. One of the staff from VRC, named Earl, couldn’t help but be moved to tears.
Earl was an ex-parolee. He knew the demoralizing feeling of being in jail. He also knew how having a dog inside a prison helps keep people’s mental state in check.
Tia believes that every prison in America should be included in the DAWGS prison program. The dogs do not care or know who is handling them. To a dog, no one is a bad person or a criminal. Many shelters in America will also benefit from such a program.
See if your community can manage programs where dogs and inmates get a new lease on life. It takes a dog to go to prison to be free!
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Video courtesy of Animal Planet via YouTube.