Puppies bring belly rubs to Rikers Island.
Proving once again that dog is man’s best friend, a partnership between New York City’s notorious Rikers Island jail complex and the city’s Animal Care and Control organization provides healing to both dog and man. The special foster program, which allows teen offenders ages 16—17 to care for and train shelter dogs while the dogs await adoption on the outside, teaches the young men responsibility, discipline, affection as well as providing them with much needed love and affection. The foster pups, in turn, get a stable place to call home with grateful and loving caretakers.
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