We are a 501(c)3 Charitable Org.  Second Leash on Life, Inc., DBA Canine CellMates # 46-0765041.

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Norcross, GA  30092

Canine Cellmates Utilizing Shelter Dogs To Change The Lives of incarcerated Men

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Canine CellMates' stories don't end when the dogs graduate from our program.  In fact,  what goes on after graduation provides the stuff that go down in history books.  And sometimes just meeting dogs and men provide us with stories to pass down from year to year.  Check out some of our most memorable moment, dogs and men in our new feature, "Beyond the Bars".  Read more...

Canine Cellmates Help To Rehabilitate incarcerated Men Using Shelter Dogs

Canine CellMates...

“Utilizing shelter dogs to change 
the lives of incarcerated men.”


Beyond the Bars -  the Making of Mario
​Canine CellMates doesn’t just invest time and effort into dogs.  The men at the Fulton County Jail who become the handlers of our recruits become part of the Canine CellMates team and family.  We do our best to support them in their efforts to grow and evolve while in the jail and continue our support when they get out.  

This story is just one of many we are adding to our book about human perseverance in the face adversity.  It’s a story with all the key components - suspense, conflict, perseverance, success and most of all love.

Meet Mario.  Mario was in Cycle 1 of the Canine CellMate program.  The very first cycle to begin in Fulton County Jail.  We met Mario on June 3rd, 2013.  We were a bit nervous as we interviewed these men in orange jumpsuits so we could evaluate who would be a good fit for this inaugural cycle.  We had no idea what we were in for or what to expect.

Mario met us with a huge smile and lots of sparkling gold.  We’re sure he thought these “nice white ladies from the burbs”, as they call us, had absolutely no idea what they were doing.  We didn’t, but we were there ready to wing it!

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“Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.  

For, indeed, that's all who ever have.” - Margaret Mead

You may have heard about a photography exhibit that was displayed on the Atlanta Beltline recently, in which images of the Canine CellMates program, taken by photographer Kelly Kline, were prominantly displayed and publicly removed. This is the statement issued today jointly by Canine CellMates and Kelly Kline that addresses our position on these events:

The images of the Canine CellMates program recently removed from the Atlanta Beltline were intended to highlight a positive rehabilitation program within the Fulton County Jail. The anger over these images is misdirected and those seeking to ban the images are misinformed.   The Canine CellMates mission statement, "Utilizing Shelter Dogs to Change the Lives of Incarcerated Men," is the core of our program. We are on the front lines, working every day to counteract the problem of recidivism. We are helping men affected by incarceration change their lives in positive ways, so that they can return to the community as productive citizens.

The demographic disparity of that wider population need not - we feel - ever be whispered about or concealed in any way by anyone. We only see incarcerated men who need a second chance at life. We see men with the potential to become good citizens and loving fathers.  


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June 3, 2017 marked the 4th Anniversary of Canine CellMates! 4 years since we brought in the first group of dogs, and handed them over the first group of handlers. We thought - or rather we hoped - that we knew what we were doing! As it turns out, we had some great ideas, and some that didn't work so well! We've grown, and we've changed, and we've gotten better. Fulton County Jail and Fulton County Sheriff's Department know understand our program better, and we understand their the needs of the jail better - all of which makes for a more cohesive relationship. We have made great friends, watched a lot of men make amazing personal changes, and saved a lot of dogs! We've had our share of disappointments and heartbreaks too — but that goes with the territory. Please follow us and support us on this journey and we continue to forge ahead! Thank you for your support!

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We are a 501(c)3 Charitable Org.  Second Leash on Life, Inc., DBA Canine CellMates # 46-0765041.

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At the Fulton County Jail, inmates are hard at work — training dogs. Now in its fifth year, the Canine Cellmates program pairs inmates with rescue dogs so that they can be adopted. They sleep, eat and play with their four legged companions for nine to 12 weeks.  On Second Thought producer Summer Evans visited the program to see how Canine Cellmates works. She brought back an audio postcard.  Listen to the audio postcard by clicking this link:  http://gpbnews.org/post/mans-best-friend-fulton-inmates-bond-canine-cellmates