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Tuesday, September 14, 2004

more innovative philanthropy 

Photo Credit: Smithsonian Magazine / Enrico Ferorelli 2004.

I just read an article in the Smithsonian Magazine called "New Leash on Life." The article profiles a program in New York -- Puppies Behind Bars (PBB) -- that places puppies in the care of inmates to train them to become seeing-eye dogs. It's a remarkable program -- and highly successful. Jean Coaxum, an inmate serving for second-degree murder and attempted robbery said," You get confidence, and you believe that you can do something good." I love these types of programs that instill confidence and work to assist individuals in seeing alternatives so that they can change their lives. I also like that prisoners provide freedom to the new, blind puppy owners -- seems like everyone involved is getting out of their own prisons.

If you don't have time to read the article, I highly recommend visiting the PBB website where they have a video that profiles the program and the individuals who participate.