Every day, thousands of dogs around the world are put into euthanasia to end their miserable lives — but not with this project, TAILS, that seek to be different.
TAILS or the Teaching Animals and Inmate Life in Florida, rescue dogs that are from an abusive background. Since these dogs have behavioral issues, it’s harder to find people who are willing to adopt them. That is why it matters that facilitators appropriately execute the training as the more improvement they show, the higher the chance they get not to be put to Euthanasia.
The dogs are matched with a trainer, a handler and two inmates throughout the project. It usually takes two to three months where inmates are the ones responsible for engaging their dog partners. The program also strives to give the prisoners a work-related experience.
But more than that, people behind the project deemed it to be most beneficial in the aspect of promoting healing both to the animal and their human counterparts. As the drills progress, the connection begins to build between the dog and the human, which showed to cause a significant development to their behavior.
Like the dogs they attend to, the prisoners are also new to the feeling of belongingness. For them, receiving support and love may be a luxury, and that is why it is interesting to see how they try to reconnect with society through these animals. Consequently, they are transformed into new individuals.
For three years now, TAILS has trained over 500 pups. They didn’t only save the dogs from Euthanasia, but they too gave the inmates a chance to look at life more brightly. It’s incredible how two broken souls heal by giving love to each other!
A big thumbs up to TAILS for this initiative!
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