Everyone deserves a second chance…
That’s the motto of “Dogs on the Inside.” It’s a documentary featuring the special connection between prisoners and therapy-dogs-in-training. A lot of people have the image of prisoners being mean and tough guys, but not when you see these men and their dogs. It’s like a window opened into their hearts…
Over two million inmates are currently incarcerated, with thousands more at minimum security facilities. Every year, between six to eight million dogs and cats enter animal shelters across the country. With extreme animal overpopulation, lack of shelters and resources, an estimated four million dogs and cats are euthanized annually in the United States.
Instead of throwing these human and canine lives away, the creation of a partnership between prisons and shelters gives both inmates and shelter dogs a new lease on life. Prison dog programs are proving that the relationship between inmates and shelter dogs creates empathy, love and compassion; rescuing both human and canine lives which hang in limbo. In this unlikely partnership, homeless dogs gain the love, training and rehabilitation that will make them adoptable, and inmates become empathetic, gain a sense of responsibility and purpose, allowing them to re-enter society as productive citizens.
DOGS ON THE INSIDE follows the relationships between abused stray dogs and prison inmates working towards a second chance at a better life. In an attempt to re-build their confidence and prepare for a new life outside, these prisoners must first learn to handle and care for a group of neglected strays. This heart-warming story reconfirms the timeless connection between man and dog, showing the resiliency of a dogs’ trust and the generosity of the human spirit in the unlikeliest of places.
Really worth watching (and FEEL GOOD): http://www.dogsontheinside.com/