What Is A Prison Pet Partnership?
SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE:
Inmates & Greyhounds a Prison Partnership Program™ is a collaboration of Greyhound Prison Foster Homes, Nation-wide.
The Second Chance at Life: Inmates and Greyhounds Prison Partnership program will establish a prison pet partnership program that will provide a Foster Care Home and Inmate caretakers for retired racing Greyhounds. It is an opportunity for Inmates to give back to the community. "The program alleviates boredom and tension in prison, resulting in a safer environment for both staff and inmates." According to Director Wilkinson of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.
The training and socialization program will increase retention of Greyhounds in their new adoptive homes, and allow many inmates, for the first time, to experience first hand, the un-conditional love of a pet. The combination of this animal/human bond and the socialization training by the inmates will help bring joy and un-conditional love into the lives of people in their community with a retired racing greyhound.
The NGF has analyzed and created a unique program in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Corrections, and Team Greyhound of Ohio which will show first hand the program in action. Now in production is a video, The Animal/Human Bond, a Second Chance at Life, which will be introduced to the prison industry at the American Correctional Association Winter Conference January 2007 in Tampa with a live workshop and the film screening plus guest speakers from Ohio, and Florida.
The nation wide collaboration when completed will partner over one hundred (100) Department of Corrections facilities, (5 prisons in 20 states), one hundred (100) Greyhound Adoption Groups, and 12,000 inmates all working together to save more than 6000 retired racing Greyhound's lives a year.
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