Cuddly Catz Prison Program Helps Socialize Cats

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A prison program matching cats who might otherwise be deemed unadoptable with inmates is working well for all involved.

A local news crew from Washington State’s KOIN visited the Larch Corrections Center in Yacolt, where inmates are caring for cats who need socialization to help them prepare for adoption. The carefully selected inmates benefit, too.

The prison’s Cuddly Catz program made headlines earlier this month, and now a visiting news crew reports on how the program is working out. The carefully screened inmates are happy for the companionship and the opportunity to help the animals, and the cats are getting loving care as they are socialized to prepare them for adoption. The cats chosen for the program might otherwise not have been adoptable, and may have lost their lives because of behavioral issues and concerns.

The program has been in a test phase, and will now be expanded.

With the exception of an outdoor enclosure built by the prison for the use of the inmates and their cats, all of supplies for the program are donated and provided by volunteers.

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