Prison Program Socializes a New Crop of Cats and Kittens to Prepare Them For Adoption

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By Karen Harrison Binette

Our post from last April, Cuddly Catz Prison Program Helps Socialize Cats, included video showcasing the newly instituted prison program matching cats who might otherwise be deemed unadoptable with inmates at Larch Corrections Center in Yacolt, WA. Inmates care for cats who need socialization to help them prepare for adoption, and the carefully selected inmates benefit, too.

The program has proven to be successful, and as socialized cats move on from the program, new ones take their place. A new report revisits the prison as inmates work with more cats and a crop of small kittens. We see inmate Joey Contreras again; Joey was featured in an earlier report.

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Cuddly Catz is accepting donations to help provide supplies for the program.The mission of Cuddly Catz is to facilitate and to supervise the placement of felines that are deemed undesirable or unadoptable into a safe, rehabilitative environment and ultimately to forever homes through inmate programs or other partner organizations in order to give cats and people a second chance. The “Cuddly Catz” name was selected by the first handlers at Larch Mountain Correction Facility. The organization was created to support Larch Corrections Center LCAP (Larch Cat Adoption Program) program.

Although the organization is new, two of the long term goals that Cuddly Catz hopes to achieve are:

– To assist with facilitating rehabilitation programs with other shelters and other correctional facilities
– To create a partnership with shelters that help victims of domestic violence in hopes that the animals may be able to stay with their family during the recovery process.

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