Serving a stint in prison can often take a lot of time; some inmates pass their time by doing productive things, like exercising and learning choreographed dance moves. At a correctional facility in Ohio, prison inmates are making sure that dogs in backyards around the nation aren’t going without a house of their own… by building them houses for them!
When Jim Conroy heard about PETA’s Angels for Animals doghouse delivery program, which donates wooden homes to those pets who are less-fortunate to shelter them from nature’s (oftentimes harsh) elements, he knew just the people who could help out the cause. The Northeast Ohio Correctional Center (NEOCC), where Conroy works, offers a woodworking course – and they’re always looking for new projects to tackle. The chance to help out some lonely dogs in need while learning new and useful carpentry skills? It was a win-win situation!
Using PETA-provided blueprints as well as generous Home Depot-donated supplies, the Ohioan inmates have already accomplished in making 70 doghouses since the beginning of the program, and they are adding four more houses every week. With the program, last year PETA was able to deliver more than 350 free doghouses and insulation to dogs that might otherwise be left exposed to the elements. Productive AND kind – you can’t go wrong with that!
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