TAILS (Teaching Animals & Inmates Life Skills) is a collaborative effort bringing together prison inmates and hard-to-adopt shelter dogs.
TAILS not only has a positive outcome for dogs, but also a positive impact on the inmates who help them. One inmate, a Vietnam vet with PTSD, said the dogs have “opened up my wounds and let them heal from within.” Another expressed that the dogs “taught me to trust again.”
But perhaps one letter says it best:
“I came to this place full of hate and resentment. I have lost everyone and everything I ever had several times over. Why Lord, why am I here? And then He showed me. These wonderful creatures. All alone, locked up, for the sole crime of being born into a world that does not want them. Seen as mean and vicious, yet here they are, showing me what unconditional love really is and giving me back my heart. I hope and plan to help these dogs as long as God will allow.”
TAILS is currently taking place in the following correctional institutes under the following names. Every program below is part of the TAILS program. A special thank you to the Best Friends Animal Society for its important help.
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