Everyone remenbers the movie The Cats of Madison County. After all, it was directed by Clint Eastwood and starred him and Meryl Streep. The film, which won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role, was about a National Geographic photographer who …
Actually this post is about the cats of Madison County (and it’s a different Madison County than in the movie). But it’s still a cool story and there is video to watch.
The Pendleton State Prison (in Madison County, IN), has statrted a cat foster program with a local animal control facility. Like most municipal animal facilities, Anderson Animal Care & Control was always overflowing and had to make the painful choice to euthanize adoptable cats.
The prison program allows the shelter to free up some room and gives the shyer cats a chance to be socialized, greatly improving their chances of adoption. It also provides some inmates with a chance to learn to care for and bond with a needy animal. You can read a little bit about the program and see a video here.
Witrh a little digging around, I found out that the prison also allows cats in its Chronic Care Unit, which houses seriously mentally ill inmates. According to the prison, “The cats have a calming effect and play an important role in the emotional and physical health of the men.”
Very cool idea and a win-win for all, I think.
Trivia: this is the prison where John Dillinger was kept after his capture.