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The FIDO Program – Saving Dogs and Rehabilitating Inmates

June 10, 2013

ANDERSON, Ind. - The FIDO program, started by Maleah Stringer, executive director of the Animal Protection League in Madison County, saves dogs that might otherwise be euthanized, and allows inmates at the Correctional Industrial Facility in Pendleton to gain new skills. According to Stringer, the inmates are serving time for crimes from theft to murder, and they're caring for 16 dogs until permanent homes can be found for the animals.

"The offenders become better offenders, less difficult to deal with," she declared. "They've learned to care for something other than themselves. They take ownership in the program. It helps them with responsibility issues - following rules."

Stringer said there is also a 9 Lives cat prison program, where 25 cats from the shelter are cared for by inmates at Pendleton. The shelter director noted that their facility receives as many as 3000 animals a year needing homes; she says the FIDO and 9 Lives programs are just one small way to help keep pets from being euthanized.

Stringer said a positive effect of having the animals in the prison is a lessening of violence.

"A lot of these guys have pretty much shut down their emotions and just basically hardened their hearts," she said. "And the animals have a way of getting their humanity back for them, because they finally start to care about something other than themselves."

The Animal Protection League director remarked that pet overpopulation is the biggest problem facing all shelters in Indiana. People can help by having their animals spayed and neutered.

Leigh DeNoon, Public News Service - IN