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Mutual rehabilitation: inmates and shelter dogs socializing each other: Jen Deane at TEDxFSCJ

By Jen Deane

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Jen Deane took a leap of faith in leaving the financial world to run a dog rescue. But she didn’t stop there. Recognizing that pit bulls and prisoners are often the first to be written off, Deane created a program enabling local inmates to train dogs and prepare them for adoption. In her talk, she recounts the story of how Sugar Mama, a pit bull rescued from the dogfighting ring, helped one local inmate recover a sense of dignity and purpose. This story and others like it show why we all need second chances in life.

Jen Deane is the President of Pit Sisters and the Director of the TAILS (Teaching Animals and Inmates Life Skills) program. She is a CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed) and is an evaluator for the Association of Professional Dog Trainers CLASS program. Jen is also a Regional Director for the Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation and is a board member of Clearly Jacksonville.


Katie Carroll

Date 2017
Size/Length 14:04
Language English
Notes Part of TEDx, an independently organized TED event.
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Animal-assisted therapies
  2. Animal roles
  3. Animal shelters
  4. Animals in culture
  5. Animal training
  6. Dogs
  7. Human-animal bond
  8. Mammals
  9. pet adoption
  10. Pets and companion animals
  11. prison-based animal programs
  12. Prisoners
  13. Prison programs
  14. Prisons
  15. Shelter pets