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Cute Cats? Inmates? Purr-fect for JPay!

The Larch Corrections Center in Yacolt, WA has launched a new foster cat program to help increase inmate morale and improve reentry prospects.  Similar to another pet pilot program we discussed a few months ago, the Cuddly Catz (Cuddly Catz!) program organizers cite the sense of purpose most inmates experience when caring for a pet as a key benefit.  Having a fuzzy little ball of unconditional love hanging around doesn’t hurt, either.

Pound cats are paired with carefully screened inmates (no violent convictions, good behavior, not scheduled for release within the year) and the inmates are charged with caring for them, just as anyone on the outside would care for a pet.  Volunteers supply food, litter and toys.

And look at how cute these guys are!



  1. Nola Hickman

    December 6, 2016 - 6:18 pm

    I REALLY hope they can eventually get either the foster a dog or a cat programs in the Ohio prisons! I know from when I lived there that if ANYONE at all needs to be able to love and care for something, its Ohio inmates. Parts of Ohio are nothing but a cesspool of hate, violence, drugs and hopelessness. I was able to escape from Ohio and get back home to TN and I can GUARANTEE you, I would NEVER EVER live there again. That’s why the inmates there need SOMETHING positive in their lives. I know this program would help soooo many inmates and when they’re released, they might even being a little bit of light with them to one very dark, depressing state.

  2. Julie Dufour

    April 24, 2013 - 12:30 pm

    Can inmates in Hunts oorrectional in Louisiana adopt a cat? I think the adopt a cat program is one of the most awsome programs for inmates there could be. I would love for my son Ryan to be able to adopt a cat to have something to love and care for. I hope Louisana prisons will get this program.

  3. Hilda leffew

    April 1, 2013 - 7:26 pm

    Wish they had somthing like that in Texas.

  4. Audra

    March 14, 2013 - 7:49 am

    I think this is a totaly wonderful thing to to do, I know in a Ga Jai; they have dogs. And seeing the gods with the guys, I think shezz they are better trainers, then ones that do it for a living.

  5. Susan

    March 13, 2013 - 8:38 am

    This is a great program! When all an inmate sees is hatred and violence, how can they learn to show love and compassion? Cats are great friends and don’t judge anyone. This would be great in all of the prisons. Unfortunely, corruption has convicted far too many people who are innocent. This would be a ray of hope to anyone who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I would love to see this everywhere. Easier to contain a prison where inmates have pets to love than one with nothing but hate.

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