Cat Goes to Prison and Couldn’t Be Happier

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Meet Salem, a cat who’s on his way to jail. Salem is just one of hundreds of cats and kittens receiving foster care in prison as part of the Kisap Humane Society’s “Pawsitive Prison Program.”

When Salem arrived at the shelter he had been hit by a car and was suffering from a badly broken leg. His fracture required a large uncomfortable cast, which was very hard to keep clean in the small cat kennels available at the shelter.

Now Salem gets to roam in a large room at Mission Creek Women’s Correctional Center with four human roommates who dote on him and give him lots of attention. His foster moms report that he is a wonderful cat that loves to play, explore, and snuggle. And because of all the love he is receiving, Salem’s leg is making a remarkable recovery.


The Mission Creek foster program has yielded very positive results for injured cats, orphaned kittens, and nursing mother cats and their babies, because the cats get so much attention around the clock.

Once Salem is fully healed, he will be “released” from prison and sent back to the KHS to find a loving forever home. Once his spot at Mission Creek is open, KHS will be able to send another cat in need to take his place.

The Pawsitive Prison Program at Mission Creek enables Kitsap Humane Society to improve the quality of care and save more cats and kittens than ever before.

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