New Leash on Life USA, created by Pennsylvania animal lover Marian Marchese, aims to make shelter dogs at risk of being euthanized more adoptable by pairing them with inmates who will train and groom them, says the Philadelphia Daily News. It also seeks to help the inmates gain skills for the future.
The first four dogs were brought this month to a building in the Philadelphia prison system’s Alternative and Special Detention facility, which houses minimum- and community-custody inmates. Karen Bryant, the facility’s warden, said that the eight inmates in the program were “especially selected” for their good behavior. Prison Commissioner Louis Giorla is a big supporter of the program. Marchese, 58, came up with the idea for New Leash when she was volunteering with the city shelter and “saw all these great dogs” and “wanted to do something to save” more of them.