More than 100,000 prisoners are currently housed in California’s 38 correctional facilities; many hundreds of thousands of dogs are euthanized each year in pounds across the state.
Where the paths of incarcerated humans and shelter dogs merge, there exists hope.
Paws For Life brings rescued shelter dogs to live full-time with inmates at the California State Prison, Los Angeles County. Over a twelve-week cycle, inmates learn from Karma trainers how to train our rescue dogs for ‘Canine Good Citizen’ certification. While similar programs have been instituted across the nation, Paws For Life is California’s first and only program in a high-security prison involving inmates serving life-term sentences.
Once a dog earns “Canine Good Citizen” designation, the chance for successful adoption increases — as does our ability to rescue another shelter animal in its place. The inmates also benefit: beyond the rehabilitative therapy of a dog’s presence, they are learning “real world” skills and connecting to a larger a humanitarian process outside of the prison walls. This program gives them a way to contribute back to society by helping a dog get a second chance at life. Learn more about Paws For Life here.