Inmates Care for Deaf Dogs Evacuated from California Sand Fire
What better way is there to spend your day than training and caring for dozens of adorable pups in need of a home? The inmates at a California state prison are doing just that. The dogs arrived from a local animal shelter, Deaf Dogs Rescue of America, after the threat of California's Sand Fire got a little too close for comfort. When the rescue owners, Mark and Lisa Tipton, saw the flames approaching they quickly blazed into action to find their dogs a new place to stay.
After being turned away by a handful of other shelters, the California state prison stepped up to the plate and happily opened its doors to the almost 50 dogs without hesitation. It was almost like it was meant to be since the prison already has a program in place, Paws 4 Life, which acts like a match making system for dogs considered "high-risk" for euthanasia and the participating inmates.
Once a match is made the inmates work alongside professional trainers to teach the dogs basic commands, socialize them and hopefully get them adopted by a loving forever family. So far more than 70 dogs have been successfully rehabilitated and adopted in the two short years since the programs inception.
Not only is the program beneficial to the dogs, the inmates also get a renewed sense of purpose and companionship. How can you not be happy when you wake up every day knowing you're making a difference in a dog's life? So even though the pups from the Deaf Dogs Rescue of America were placed in an extremely stressful situation, the loving inmates made them feel right at home in no time.