Adopt a Dog Program for Tasmanian prisoners

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A NEW program is lending a helping paw to the rehabilitation of inmates at Ron Barwick Prison.

“Inmates in the Ron Barwick Prison have had the opportunity to take part in an ‘adopt a dog program’ being run in partnership with the Dogs’ Home of Tasmania, which has proved very popular amongst inmates as well as being positive for their rehabilitation,” Minister for Corrections Elise Archer said.

Eight-year-old dog Ceasar was a regular visitor to the prison as part of the Tasmania Prison Service’s agreement with the Dogs’ Home of Tasmania that allowed prisoners the opportunity to train and socialise dogs being prepared for adoption as part of their rehabilitation.

“Ceasar struggled to find a member of the public who wanted to adopt him, but was always happy to be at the prison,” Ms Archer said.

“A group of more than 100 prisoners decided that they wanted to take responsibility for Ceasar, and they raised $1,100 overnight to cover his adoption fees, vet bills and food.”

This effort completed a $1000 donation made by prisoners to the Dogs’ Home of Tasmania earlier this year.

The Dogs’ Home of Tasmania currently runs a formal foster care program in the prison called ‘Pups on Parole’, and suitable prisoners also spend time working at the Dogs’ Home as part of the Tasmanian Prison Service’s rehabilitation program.

“As Minister for Corrections, I’m incredibly proud of the Tasmanian Prison Service for all its work continually developing new and more rehabilitation programs like this one,” Ms Archer said.

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