Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Dogs teaching life lessons to teens

I just can't say enough great things about Best Friends Animal Society. Their very active Chicago Safe Humane branch has a new program called "Lifetime Bonds." In this program volunteers and their dogs visit young men incarcerated in the Illinois Youth Center in Chicago for some very valuable dog play time. In this program, they teach the young men about dogs, dog safety, and caring for dogs. Once these guys learn to appreciate how great dogs can be, BFAS hopes it will deter future interest in dog fighting.

There are broader benefits though--One of my other favorite organizations--Puppies Behind Bars--has showed us that spending time caring for a dog can go a long way towards deterring inmates from a future of crime generally.

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