Skip to main content

Saving Cat And Crimimal

You'll love this win-win prison program in Washington state, USA. Everything about it is positive. I guess there will some downsides (having the cat litter in a 12x10 prison cell) but overall it is an enlightened idea. I love enlightened ideas that push the envelope. We need to do that to improve things.

This story concerns a program, Cuddly Catz, set up by the managers of Larch Correctional Facility in Yacolt, Washington. Yacolt is not far from Vancouver or Portland. 

The idea is to marry rescue cats that are considered unadoptable (and therefore destined possibly for euthanasia) with incarcerated criminals who are suitable to care for them. The primary objective as I see it is to teach the selected inmates to take responsibility for someone else. In this case a cat that needs someone.

The advantage to the prisoner is that they get out of a dormitory into a twin cell. That's the tangible, immediate advantage anyway. The longer term advantage to the prisoner is that they can begin to stop thinking of themselves and start taking responsibility for a companion animal that needs a caretaker.

Princess Natalie was a scared and defensively aggressive cat. After being cared for by Joseph Contreras she is still difficult to handle but much improved. She is the black cat in the picture above.

The guy in the larger picture above, Richard Amaro, holds Clementine. Richards says, “You get close to them.” It seems that Richard has improved his life and there is no doubt that Clementine's life has been improved to. She has probably been saved.

I presume these cats came from a rescue center. If true they deserve praise to. Very enlightened.

Original story: Global Animal - thanks


Popular posts from this blog

Cat Ear Mites

Brown gunge. Yes, I know this is a ferret! It does show the build up of dark brown to black ear wax caused by the presence of the cat ear mites in the outer ear canal. This parasite is not restricted to the domestic cat, which makes this photo valid and a useful illustration (I was unable to find a suitable photo of a cat with the condition). Photo Stacy Lynn Baum under a creative commons license. Ear mites (minute crab like creatures) are one of the causes of inflammation of the outer ear canal (scientific term for this inflammation is Otitis externa ). The outer ear canal is the tube that runs from outside to the ear drum (the pathway for the reception of sound), which can be seen when looking at the ear. Otitis externa affects humans and often swimmers as it is called "swimmer's ear" in humans. This YouTube video show ear mites under a microscope. They are not actually in the ear in this video. There are many possible causes of Otitis externa in c

Feline Mange

I'll write about three types of feline mange (a) feline scabies or head mange (b) demodectic mange and (c) sarcoptic mange. The source material is from Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook - the best on the market . Generalised feline mange? Puerto Rico - Photo by Gotham City Lost And Found Feline Scabies - head mange Head mange or feline scabies, is a fairly rare condition in cats, which is caused by the Notoedres mite (head mite) that only reproduces on cats. The female mites burrow a few millimeters (that is a lot) into the skin around the head, and neck to lay eggs, which hatch and lay their own eggs. Their presence and activities causes intense itching that in turn causes the cat to scratch. The scratching will obviously be noticed and it will cause the skin to become red, scratched and worse infected. Symptoms: hair loss and scabs, thick wrinkled skin and grey/yellow crusts form plus the symptoms of scratching. Feline mange (head mange) is contagious and tr

Cat Anatomy

Cat Anatomy - Photo by Curious Expeditions . The picture above was taken at Wax Anatomical Models at La Specola in Florence, Italy. The photograph is published under a creative commons license kindly granted by the photographer. I am sorry if it is a bit gruesome. It is pretty well all I could find as an illustration that was licensed for publication. Cat Anatomy is a very wide ranging subject. The anatomy of a cat is very similar to human anatomy. If you were writing a biology book for students of biology you would go through every part of the a cat's anatomy in some detail. It would be similar to writing a book about the human anatomy. It would be a thick book and pretty boring for your average internet surfer. So, how do you limit such a big subject and make this post meaningful? The answer I think lies in doing two things: Having a quick general look at cat anatomy - an overview and; Focusing on the areas of cat anatomy that are particular to the cat and of parti