An official program of cooperation between the Austin Animal Center and the Travis County Correctional Center was officially released this week. The program seeks to provide a series of tools and skills to the inmates on dog basic care and training that may be useful when they go back to society, while the dogs socialize, get trained and acquire abilities that make them more adoptable. Each inmate is assigned a dog to train and take care of during a period of time. It sounds great on the paper, and I think it is even better when you look at it in depth. Two beings that are having a rough patch in their lives, give each other support and the best of gifts that you can receive. Trust. They depend on each other to rebuild their lives. They are healing and will not let each other down. There is no judgement or reservations. They are making possible for each other to have a second chance in life, and that is priceless.
I had the fortune to be there to photograph and document the official press release of the dog-jail program on November 3rd. These are some photos of the brave people and dogs who are making it possible.