“Utilizing shelter dogs to change
the lives of incarcerated men.”
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Canine CellMates takes shelter dogs and places them with inmate handlers at the Fulton County Jail who give them the love and obedience training they need to recover from abuse and neglect. The result: The dogs find new homes, and the men find new ways to contribute.
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Luna, Jazzy, Bronco, and the bunch won the doggie lottery when they were selected from the hundreds of dogs at Fulton County Animal Services, a high volume, open intake county shelter, to participate in alternative sentencing programs run by nonprofit Canine CellMates — which pairs dogs to be trained by individuals charged with felonies under supervision.
To assist in placing the dogs as soon as possible, Kate Mara is partnering with the Animal Legal Defense Fund in promoting the benefits of alternative sentencing programs and covering the adoption fees for all remaining dogs. Recently the lease on the facility Canine CellMates had been utilizing ended and the building was sold, leaving the nonprofit without a headquarters. The dogs and the program have temporary housing, but the organization is anxious to get their graduates placed while they look for their next permanent facility which will also serve as a training center. This yet to be identified facility will allow Canine CellMates to pull more eligible dogs from Fulton County Animal Control and offer them and criminal defendants a second chance at life.
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