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981 Howell Mill Road, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30318
742 Spalding Drive
Sandy Springs, GA 30092
a 501(c)3 GA charitable organization
Tax ID: 46-0765041
Canine CellMates began on June 3, 2013 in Fulton County Jail, in Atlanta, Georgia. Canine CellMates works with the Fulton County Sheriff's Department and the Fulton County Jail to provide a program that is as much about rehabilitation and the reduction of recidivism as it is about saving shelter dogs. The ultimate goal is that each dog graduates and goes into a loving and forever home, and men that have evolved while in the program, and supported upon their release, go on to live productive lives without further incarceration.
In 2021, Canine CellMates expanded its vision, took over a facility, and introduced a new out-of-custody progam. Beyond The Bars.
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" Utilizing Shelter Dogs to Break the Cycle of Incarceration."
Canine CellMates strives to provide a better life for both the inmates in the Fulton County Jail and rescued shelter dogs from FCAS. During an intensive ten week course consisting of education, training and overall care for the dogs, we hope to positively change both the dogs and the inmates. During this time, each inmate handler has the opportunity to train and bond with their assigned dog. At the end of the training course, our goal is for the dogs to pass and obedience and graduate into a wonderful, forever home.
In our newest program, Beyond The Bars, we feel like one of the most important, and overlooked, components, of successful re-entry is positive community. We believe in kinship, and understand that our role is to stand with these men, as rejected members of society, and welcome them back. We believe in the power of positive affirmations and the potential for positive change when others believe in you. The program days at our facility often start – and end – with hugs. We have always told the men in our in-custody program "While you are here, we are your family. For as long as you want us to be when you leave, we will be your family." With the introduction of our out-of-custody program, our family just got larger.