Cats are remarkable animals. They get a lot of attention here on the internet for over a decade and as time has gone on they have gained more and more attention in the real world.
A reason for this could be their therapeutic benefits from spending time with cats. Many cat cafes have opened up around the world over the last 5 years.
This could potentially be because cats make people feel uplifted. One prison in Indiana saw a similar result when they took in cats from a shelter and visibly saw the impact this decision had on the inmates.
The concept behind the program was to take cats from a shelter and allow inmates of the correctional facility to take care of them. This proved successful for all parties involved.
“I’ve had offenders tell me when they got an animal, it was the first time they can remember they were allowing themselves to care about something, to love something,” said the director of APL, Maleah Stringer.
“It teaches them responsibility, how to interact in a group using non-violent methods to solve problems and gives them the unconditional love of a pet – something many of these inmates have never known,” the APL writes on their website.
“The MCKC Program has reduced offender idleness, taught offenders about responsibility and increased their self-esteem. Since the program’s inception, offenders have been motivated to enroll in school, obtain jobs, obey unit rules and improve their hygiene so that they may become MCKC participants. The presence of animals on E Unit has added a new calmness to E Unit’s therapeutic milieu and strengthened its community spirit,” Purrfect Pals writes on their website
What do you think of this story? Are you a cat person?
Comments will be approved before showing up.