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Tue, Jan 15 | By Matt Van Hoven | 645

UTAH – Inmates at the Utah State Prison have done something amazing for a colony of feral cats living on the grounds. The prisoners have helped implement a Trap-Neuter-Return program. USP substance abuse counselor Julie Cox says it al… more ›

Utah Inmates Give Feral Cats 2nd Chance
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Katie M.
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Katie M.
5 years ago

This is really cool!

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Ethan W.
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Ethan W.
5 years ago

Awesome!!

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Betty W.
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Betty W.
5 years ago

Inmate programs like this have dual benefits.

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marc h.
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marc h.
5 years ago

Great idea! Helps the inmates and the cats.

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Mel S.
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Mel S.
5 years ago

TNR is the only way to curb feral cat overpopulation. Killing the poor babies is not the solution. Yeah for this prison program. From hundreds to dozens that says it all!

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Christy M.
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Christy M.
5 years ago

Another great inmate program. Awesome!

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Geoff L.
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Geoff L.
5 years ago

Finally...some value found in a prison!

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DEREKDEMANE
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DEREKDEMANE
5 years ago

I agree.

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Jello1
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Jello1
5 years ago

Excellent all around. And a built-in permanent group of care givers

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Oldmaidcatwoman
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Oldmaidcatwoman
5 years ago

I hope this brings more attention to the benefits of TNR--it can make a difference.

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Sarah  W.
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Sarah W.
5 years ago

Nice program! Sounds like the inmates are really making a difference.

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Janet R.
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Janet R.
5 years ago

I have often wondered how prisoners could be used to help out the shelter situation. Could they help out with training of dogs or help to raise bottle kittens? I think it would be a win-win for all involved, but I guess the logistics are considerable.

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Andy K.
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Andy K.
5 years ago

Interesting program. I can't think of why it would be relevant to mention that a large inmate was the one that asked to help save the kitten but whatever... Maybe looking after the cats will be good for the prisoners and teach them new socialization skills.

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Meg S.
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Meg S.
5 years ago

That is one way to insure you have a caretaker for a colony!
Tis will certainly benefit the inmates as well as it gives them purpose and soemthign to care for. It has been shown that animals in a prison setting reduces violent behaviors so it is a win win for the cats and the inmates.

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Missy M.
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Missy M.
6 years ago

I can't help but think about the actor Tiny Lister being the one saying" can you help out?". He is a big and intimidating person. That said, this is great for all. Give the inmates a sense of giving back and or course helping the feral cat problem.

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Carol L.
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Carol L.
6 years ago

This is such a wonderful story, there is always a better way to handle a over population problem than killing them. this is a great project for the inmates, they are so involved in this dramatic program, would be nice to see more states follow suit with the catch and release programs.

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Michelle H.
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Michelle H.
6 years ago

It is wonderful that the inmates cared about the welfare of the cats. I am glad they were able to implement this program.

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Anna
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Anna
6 years ago

Thats so nice of them to look out for the cats like that! And yes, it does prove to people that not all prisoners are emotionless people. Kudos to them!

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Cwasson
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Cwasson
6 years ago

Now this is a wonderful way for a win-win situation to occur. Yes - I agree that this is something that would be great to see all over the country!

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Ashlee S.
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Ashlee S.
6 years ago

Great!!! Everybody wins!!!

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D. Rene
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D. Rene
6 years ago

Sounds like a good program...

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mARY ANN M.
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mARY ANN M.
6 years ago

This appears to be a win win win situation for the animals, the prison and the prisoners. I guess with the prisoners reporting on any new cats arriving so they can catch and sterilize them, it has worked according to reports. I am always leary of the catch neuter and release programs since new cats always appear that are not sterlized so without a watchful eye by people that know the herd, I can not see how it really works generally.

But the numbers seem to tell the story here.

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MELODY Q.
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MELODY Q.
6 years ago

Once again trap-neuter-return is a fantastic way to help control the feral cat population. I like the prisoners involvement too.... animals have a way of touching just about everybody's soft side.

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JGeb
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JGeb
6 years ago

This is a great way to help the cats and the prisoners!

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Jholt
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Jholt
6 years ago

This is excellent. I love hearing about two at risks groups being a benefit to each other.

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jan l.
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jan l.
6 years ago

This just proves the TNR does work. It is great for the inmates too, good rehabilitation. It gives them a purpose and should give them some pride in what they are doing while in prison. They are to be commended for caring about the cats.

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Jill6Johnson
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Jill6Johnson
6 years ago

good story, good to get people involved. everyone wins

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Melissa7271
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Melissa7271
6 years ago

I hope their plan works. This may be the first time in a long time these people feel like they have had some self worth and have done something good. Maybe it will give them a sense of pride and they will do better in society later if released.

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Jim  S.
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Jim S.
6 years ago

This sounds like a win win. It may even hel rehab the inmates?

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Hymcheng
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Hymcheng
6 years ago

What a touching story! What a way for these inmates to give back to the community!

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SandyReedy
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SandyReedy
6 years ago

What a great story! I noticed that a substance abuse counsellor was instrumental in implementing this program, so I am assuming that the inmates were mostly imprisoned on drug related charges. Hardened criminals are hardly going to care about a bunch of cats. We need to rethink the imprisonment of non-violent offenders. Perhaps we could give them community service in animal shelters.
These guys really seem to have some compassion.

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Iseeurn
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Iseeurn
6 years ago

great for the cats and the inmates

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Tanya F.
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Tanya F.
6 years ago

Good for the cats as well as the inmates. Nice to see something good to come out of this.

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Mary G.
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Mary G.
6 years ago

Wonderful story. Good for the cats, and better yet for the inmates of Utah State Prison.

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Loishill
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Loishill
6 years ago

Sweet story

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linda s.
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linda s.
6 years ago

sounds good

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Hymcheng
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Hymcheng
6 years ago

It's so great to see the inmates giving something back to the community.

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Sarah M.
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Sarah M.
6 years ago

Good story.

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WANSTREET
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WANSTREET
6 years ago

Good program. They are doing something useful and positive with their time and energy.

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Seana B.
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Seana B.
6 years ago

This sounds like a really great program.

Did anyone else notice that this is the same picture from the article on feral cats being used by the LAPD to cut down pests on the next page? Weird.

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Teresa A.
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Teresa A.
6 years ago

what a great story.

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Corrie  N.
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Corrie N.
6 years ago

This helps in my belief that there is good in everyone.

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5doxiemom
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5doxiemom
6 years ago

unusual story

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Elineen
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Elineen
6 years ago

Awesome. Why aren't they allowed to care for the cats -assuming they are cleared from any potential abuse. I think it would be beneficial to both the inmates and the cats.

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Sharon L.
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Sharon L.
6 years ago

Terrific example of what can happen when people work together.

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arnie
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arnie
6 years ago

the poor ferals everywhere else are not so lucky

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arnie
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arnie
6 years ago

this should be done all over

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Jobe
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Jobe
6 years ago

This sounds like an amazing program all around

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Laurel C.
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Laurel C.
6 years ago

I believe this is a great program for inmates to learn how to love and teach something and do good....it shows them that they are worth something and can make a difference

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Alice W.
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Alice W.
6 years ago

Great stoye. Keep up the changes

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Teresa K.
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Teresa K.
6 years ago

I think this is a wonderful win win situation.Why can't the inmates,if they are convicted of non aggressive crimes help care for them?

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