"I Had No
Idea. I Never Would Have Expected The
Inmates To Be Taking Care Of The Animals."
- Prison Psychologist
in prisons is not the first thing that comes to
our minds, but the Animal Report was told
all about the issue by a correctional
For the past decade
the rescue friendly clinical psychologist has been working with
California prisons and rehabilitation centers.
"I first saw them outside
in a large field, some were cared by inmates".
She continues, "Later I found out there would be up to two-hundred cats on the prison grounds, living in colonies."
As the population of these animals began to increase the
prison staff took initiative. They
contacted local veterinarians and they
began to help. Some staff made contributions, paying for the transport and spay or neuter of the animals.
The staff felt close to the prison cats; adopting them into their own homes
and the situation became better.
the psychologist moved to a different prison
with new challenges.
The doctor explains:
They lived out on a huge yard; we call the East Yard - by my office. It's a large grassy expanse with gophers, and what I found out was that these cats were actually
the foraging gophers."
Another problem became evident once an inmate noticed a limping kitten on the prison grounds. After caring for the hurt kitten, he later explained to the staff that the kitten had been attacked by hawks. The following week,
the prison employees helped pay for the kitten's recovery.
prison administration had to advise the staff and inmates not to care for these prison cats; due to liability issues.
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This decision makes it more difficult
for the prison staff to collaborate to
help the cats. The prison captain
sympathizes with the animals, however
bound to his duty, he is forced to make
a difficult decision - enforcing a
Animal Report has been asked to help by
writing and publishing this piece and
Community Animal Network will be overseeing
the fostering program and the adoption as
well as providing the customary veterinary
medical. (spay neuter, blood testing,
vaccinations, de-worm and microchips and
treating any conditions such as ear mites.
All rescued animals come with a 30 day
health guarantee. Please call 949-759-3646
to help or email
Foster Or Adoption Needed:
available animals are friendly and in need of new homes. Please adopt
or foster to get involved to save lives.
Here is a list of prison cats that need your help.
Needing Fostering or New Homes:
One queen cat with 6 kittens
Two Kittens - one named Goldie, the other a Sylvester-type cat
3 young female kittens (approx 4 months) - black/white mix
Not just California
It is documented throughout the nation, from
the states of Montana, New York, Connecticut, and even provinces of Canada have feral cat colonies.
Many facilities conduct non-lethal approaches with countless unsung heroes that aid; contributing their time and effort to save these cats
inmates and staff are willing to openly help,
while some turn a blind-eye.
Community Animal Network
P.O. Box 8662
Newport Beach, CA, 92658
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