Prison Program Socializes Feral Kittens; Hundreds Have Been Adopted Into Homes

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A video feature on Purrfect Pals’ Kitten Connection prison program shows program graduate Leini as a tiny kitten in a prisoner’s care, and afterward in her forever home.

Purrfect Pals, of Arlington, WA,  provides a no-kill sanctuary, foster and hospice care for homeless cats, and spay/neuter programs, among other services and activities. The nonprofit organization places 2,500 cats every year from its main location, along with more than 20 off-site locations across Puget Sound.  Short of foster homes for feral and semi-feral kittens in need of socialization to help them become adoptable pets, the organization began its Kitten Connection partnership program with the Monroe Correctional Complex-Special Offender Unit in 2006. The offenders who provide foster care and socialization to the kittens are carefully screened and receive training from Purrfect Pals. The program is both well-established and successful.

The following video report on the program is somewhat sensationalistic but provides a look at how the program works, as it introduces us to one program graduate, Leini, and her prison caregiver. Leini has been transformed from a tiny, hissing unsocialized feral kitten to a contented domestic pet with a loving home.

1 thought on “Prison Program Socializes Feral Kittens; Hundreds Have Been Adopted Into Homes”

  1. What a good story with a great outcome. I am glad that these little feral cats get great lives from their time with the prisoners. I hope that they all get great homes and live long, healthy, happy kitty lives.

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