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Paws in Prison is made possible through ADC's partnership with animal shelters and advocate groups around the state.

Last year, hundreds of homeless dogs were euthanized in animal shelters. ADC's partners rescue dogs, which are placed in the Paws in Prison program. Inmates, who have received instruction from professional dog trainers, work with the animals and teach them basic obedience and socialization skills to make them more adoptable.

This program saves the dogs and prepares them for adoption, while providing inmates new skills and opportunities to do something positive for the state while incarcerated.


Megan Kendall

Purdue University

Location Pine Bluff, AR
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  1. Animal-assisted therapies
  2. Animal roles
  3. Animal welfare
  4. Dogs
  5. Mammals
  6. Pet ownership
  7. Pets and companion animals
  8. prison-based animal programs
  9. Rehabilitation