Shelters Spotlight: How Incarcerated Men and Shelter Dogs Rehabilitate Each Other

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Shelters Spotlight: How Incarcerated Men and Shelter Dogs Rehabilitate Each Other Shelters Spotlight: How Incarcerated Men and Shelter Dogs Rehabilitate Each Other
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Shelters Spotlight: How Incarcerated Men and Shelter Dogs Rehabilitate Each Other

by Alessandra Rizzotti, GOOD Partner

March 22, 2013

This 9-part series is brought to you by GOOD, in partnership with Purina ONE®. We've teamed up to highlight inspiring organizations that are doing innovative and unexpected things to connect with their local communities and promote positive perceptions of shelter pets. Read more about how pets—and the people who love them—can brighten lives and strengthen our communities at the GOOD Pets hub.

Aside from improving the lives of incarcerated adults, RPSM has also changed the lives of families in the surrounding community. Eveginna and Tom had a dog that was losing its eyesight and when they adopted Indy through RPSM, he became an important companion and guide for their blind dog. The departure letter they received from the incarcerated man that trained Indy even included commands and tips so that the couple could continue to encourage the best behavior in their new dog.

Now, due to the success of RPSM, Ojibway Correctional Facility in Marenisco, Michigan is in the middle of implementing the program. The power of education, for both dogs and incarcerated males, combined with a complete approach to sheltering animals, is what makes Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan so effective. "Animals housed in shelters don't fair too well if kept there too long, so these animals thrive in this type of one-on-one training environment. If the dog can put the human on a right path, everyone and everything benefits," says Skladd.

Photos via Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan


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