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A unique dog rehabilitation program in Florida offers new hope and a promising future for both inmates and rescued dogs. The program mainly focuses on rehabilitating the canines from their abusive past. It helps the animals become better candidates for adoption as they receive behavior improvement training from their incarcerated trainers.
Teaching Animals And Inmate Life Skills program, in Alachua County Jail, Florida, receives recognition from the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. The program also aims to provide the prisoners with work-related experience that they can use once they finish serving their sentences. The positive results on both the animals and the carers garnered appreciation from the locals too.
The inmate partner looks after their canine partner for 2-3 months. Within those months, the inmates train their dog by doing daily exercises and play. Their job also included providing their dog enough TLC. In this process, not only the dogs receive positive changes and improvement from the program. Their inmate partners also get unconditional love and care from these unexpected furry companions.
T.A.I.L.S. created a different kind of bond between the dogs and their human counterparts. They both get attached in just a short amount of time that sometimes it makes them feel sad when they have to separate after finishing in the program. For the convicts who seldom receive affection and support with the environment they have now, the dogs they care for provide them a healing effect.
This unusual yet heart-warming relationship provided them a different kind of experience of love and affection. The dogs are brought into the program to avoid euthanasia, not knowing they would impact the same their inmate partners. T.A.I.L.S. saved about more than 500 dogs from kill shelters in the last three years, proving this unique method’s effectiveness.
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