Troubled Cats Get New Chance in Prison

Cats that might have otherwise been put down are enjoying a second chance at life inside the walls of a Washington state program. Prisoners take care of the cats and gain their own benefits from the interaction. Photo Credit: Steve-h via Flickr.

Troubled Cats Get New Chance at Life in Prison
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Dale Overall

Sounds like a marvellous program, there is often a bond between cat and person and caring for them in an environment like this likely helps the person involved in the caring. The cat that had been close to being put to sleep also benefits. Such interaction is very positive.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

good for both involved. although taking cats away as punishment doesnt seem really right.... but a great idea! now lets introduce dogs too :)

Jane R.
Jane R.3 years ago

This is a great idea. Other states should try it. Of course it would have to be a minimum security prison. Most inmates there are trustworthy. I think this benefits everyone, the inmates and the cats.

Carrie Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :) hope it works :)

Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley3 years ago

I agree that this is a win-win program--great for both inmates and cats!!

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Thank you for the information.

Paige H.
Paige H.3 years ago

They wont hand a mentally troubled, psychopath inmate a cat and expect everythign to turn out ok. They have done screenings and psychological tests to determine who is suitable for this project. As you heard in the video, the guy was found guilty of multiple counts of theft; not murder, torture, rape, or any other crime that may indicate some mental dysfunction. I'm sure the cats are being well cared for by these guys, and I doubt that they are completely unmonitored for majority of the time, so they may not have the opportunity to do these said "disgusting things". If this program wasn't working, they wouldn't be televising it.

Samantha Hodder
Sam Hodder3 years ago

great idea

Regina P.
Regina P.3 years ago

Lets hope it works. thanks

Michelle C.
Michelle Carden3 years ago

Julie B.....let's hope you're wrong. These are cats don't forget. If you're not treating a cat right, it's going to be noticeable. A mistreated cat will never sit docilely in the lap of unkind person.