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Prisoners Help Horses

Inmates from several counties in Oregon have been helping neglected and abandoned horses by working on teams to build animal shelters. A local vet has been taking in the horses, but she was running out of structures to house them in for the upcoming winter months. Seventy inmates were recruited by sheriffs and they gathered to work for a total of 500 man-hours. What they built in a very short time would have required months of work by the vet and her volunteers.

In difficult economic times there is tendency for more animals to be abandoned by their owners because they can no longer afford their food and healthcare, or they are forced to admit they actually never possessed the means to care for them properly in the first place. Since the recession hit in 2008, more animal shelters have been swamped with former pets and abandoned animals. For example, just since March hundreds of donkeys have arrived at one animal care facility.

Prisoners working with animal caretakers is not new. In nearby Washington state inmates were helping take care of threatened frogs earlier this year, with a success that surprise some researchers.

In California last year, prisoners in Folsom grew hundreds of pounds of vegetables for an animal sanctuary. In Florida inmates were helping take care of pets in animal shelters, which saved the shelters money they would have had to spend on paying workers. Additionally cats were used in a Nebraska jail by a sheriff to help calm prisoners.

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7:04PM PDT on Apr 22, 2013

What a beautiful thing for these prisoners to do for these deserving horses!! Thanks for posting!!

4:59PM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

I just read an article about inmates helping dogs, and now this one about prisoners helping horses!!? Makes me feel hope humanity.

6:09PM PDT on Mar 19, 2013


6:47AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

thanks for sharing

9:14AM PDT on May 27, 2012

thank you

9:13AM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

Helping animals is a great way to feel better about yourself and the world around you.

12:54PM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

Thanks for sharing

1:19AM PST on Feb 26, 2012

Thank you.

9:15PM PST on Feb 13, 2012

This is excellent! Not only is this a great idea for the animals, but hopefully it helps the prisoners develop more compassion, peace, and a sense of self-worth.

6:07AM PST on Nov 10, 2011

this is a great story. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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Thanks Ann. Very interesting study.

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