Prison Pet Partnership

Increase prison inmates’ sense of empathy and responsibility

Snapshot
Why this project matters and who it is for

Prison Pet Partnership gives inmates the opportunity to learn valuable pet care vocational skills to use in finding employment when they resume their lives outside of prison. In addition to training, boarding, and grooming dogs, inmates also gain clerical skills by working in our office. To ensure that they receive ample experience in the pet care industry, inmate employees are required to spend a minimum of two years with us.

All of the animals in the program are from animal rescue organizations, allowing them to lead lives of service rather than be destroyed. Our service dogs are able to respond to the needs of individuals who experience seizures, those who live with various illnesses such as Multiple Sclerosis, and those who have multiple disabilities by assisting them in their daily activities and giving them increased independence.

Which / How the Global Goals are addressed

Good Health and Well-being

Good Health and Well-being

Working in the care of animals is not only healthy for the environment, but also for the emotional and psychological health of each person. Prisoners in contact with dogs are restoring part of their self-esteem necessary for inclusion in society.

Decent Work and Economic Growth

Decent Work and Economic Growth

This project allows prisoners to acquire various tools that will be useful for their work environment in the future, be it pet care, administrative tasks, etc. Such tools also collaborate with the purpose of reducing inequalities, guaranteeing a source of employment.

Impact / Main outcome and goal

Reducing rates of violent incidents in prisons and recidivism, while at the same time training the animals to become pets or service animals instead of being out on the street or having to be put down.

Context compatibility

You can replicate this Blueprint in any community in the world.

Topics

Health & Wellbeing, Social Inclusion, Sustainable Cities

Type of project

Program

Origin

Washington, USA

Starting year

1981

Complexity level

Simple Easy Moderate Elaborated Complex

Type of license

This project’s intellectual property belongs entirely to its original creator(s), and the information contained in this blueprint is intended solely for the personal non-commercial use of the user who accepts full responsibility for its use.

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