Cat lover or dog lover, animal person or not, you can’t look at a cat nestled in the arms of someone and not smile. And if you can, you may not have a soul. Cats can be seen as divas, but many of them are just as vulnerable and slow to trust as some of these inmates. Everyone involved in this program has benefited, as prisoners connect with animals for the first time since their incarceration, and shelter cats get the human interaction that they need. See what happened when a program called F.O.R.W.A.R.D. brought kittens to Pendleton Correctional Facility in Indiana.
Cats Are Even More Fragile Than You Knew
The ASPCA says that newborn kitties weigh a mere 3.5 ounces on average. That weight will nearly double in just a few days, but you can imagine the fragility of something that weighs about half a pound. It’s no surprise that prison is a rough place to be, but give a “hard” person a soft kitty, and this is what happens.
At Pendleton Correctional Facility, the prisoners are caring for shelter cats who don’t have a caretaker, which gives them a way to express compassion without having to be worried about perceived weakness.