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Sat Feb 23, 2013, 03:49 PM

Prison inmates get rescue cats ready for adoption

ACOLT, WA (KPTV) -

There are sounds you expect to hear in prison - the locking of doors, announcements over the intercom, voices of staff members on

If you visit the Silver Star Unit at Larch Corrections Center, you may also hear something unfamiliar meows, purrs and the jingle of cat toys.

Five felines currently reside at the prison as part of a cat adoption program coordinated with the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society. The inmates socialize the cats and get them ready to be adopted.

Jerry Warfield is caring for a cat named Jinx, who previously lived in a hoarding situation.

"When she came, she did nothing but hide," he said. "She went straight underneath the bed, and she wouldn't come out for nothing. First couple of days, she didn't want to come out to eat."

After several weeks, Jinx has come around.

http://www.kptv.com/story/21292793/prison-inmates-get-rescue-cats-ready-for-adoption

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The Straight Story Feb 2013 OP
snagglepuss Feb 2013 #1
sasha031 Feb 2013 #2
Smilo Feb 2013 #3
forestpath Feb 2013 #4
rox63 Feb 2013 #5
Arugula Latte Feb 2013 #6
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Sat Feb 23, 2013, 03:57 PM

1. THat has me tearing up. Wonderful idea. Thanks for posting.

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Sat Feb 23, 2013, 04:22 PM

2. This is such a beautiful story, thank you for posting

I think it would be a wonderful idea for non-violent offenders to have pets, animals are so therapeutic & bring out the gentler side of everyone.

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Sat Feb 23, 2013, 05:02 PM

3. This is good both for the cats and the inmates

sadly many come from similar backgrounds - learning to trust, respect and love is a huge undertaking for both.

Lovely program - thanks OP.

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Sat Feb 23, 2013, 05:06 PM

4. So sweet, but sad too. I have two rescue cats and couldn't imagine giving them up to someone else.

 

And the cats would get attached to the prisoners, too. Still, it sounds like a great program.

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Sat Feb 23, 2013, 05:14 PM

5. Both the kittehs and the humans benefit

It's a win-win.

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Sat Feb 23, 2013, 05:38 PM

6. That's great.



I wish there many more kitty-inmate programs.

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Sat Feb 23, 2013, 07:35 PM

7. kick

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Sun Feb 24, 2013, 02:37 PM

8. A cat thread without pictures!!??

Here's Jinx:

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