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!