Pets have always been not only our companions but often even healers. The therapeutic power of cats and dogs have been known for years. These furry companions help us to reduce depression and anxiety, feel less lonely, elevate our mood and even decrease blood pressure.
However, one other aspect of pets’ ability to transform lives often gets overlooked – it’s their capability of helping convicted offenders.
In 2015 in the state of Indiana, Animal Protection League started a wonderful program in Pendleton Correctional Facility called F.O.R.W.A.R.D.
The idea behind this initiative is to take cats from a shelter and place them in the correctional facility so inmates could take care of them.
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