Unleashing Potential: The Canine CellMates Model for Developing and Implementing a Human-Canine Rehabilitation Program

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Canine CellMates is an innovative 501(c)(3) that strives to create meaningful, positive connections between people facing felony charges and rescue dogs saved from local municipal shelters.

Both in and out of custody, Canine CellMates facilitates programs in Fulton County (Atlanta), Georgia, that utilize the healing power of shelter dogs to break the cycle of incarceration for individuals in our community, providing a safe environment for meaningful self-reflection and personal growth.

The in-custody program serves pre-trial inmates in the Fulton County Jail. For ten weeks, the program participants live and work alongside the dogs they train, using positive reinforcement training methods only. During their time together, the men and dogs form meaningful bonds and develop essential life skills. At the end of the 10-week cycle, they graduate in a joyful ceremony that showcases their progress.

The out-of-custody program, called “Beyond the Bars,” is an intensive, year-long program that serves as an alternative to a prison sentence for selected individuals—helping men return home to their families while giving them the life skills and the safe space to practice making better decisions and building a better future.

Having explored the structural and penological underpinnings of this model in an earlier session, we focus here on how programs like this can be set up and function in other jurisdictions for the ultimate benefit of individual defendants and their families, rescued animals, and the community as a whole.



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Founded in 1979, the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s mission is to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. The Animal Legal Defense Fund accomplishes this mission by filing high-impact lawsuits to protect animals from harm, providing free legal assistance and training to prosecutors to assure that animal abusers are held accountable for their crimes, supporting tough animal protection legislation and fighting legislation harmful to animals, and providing resources and opportunities to law students and professionals to advance the emerging field of animal law.





This webinar has been certified by the National Animal Care & Control Association and is approved for 1 Continuing Education Unit. Please refer to your NACA membership portal for current CEU submission process. Current NACA Members who attend the live presentation or watch the recording will be able to download a jointly issued attendance certificate that includes the National Animal Care & Control Association logo. Visit the NACA training page for a complete list of future trainings.





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