A rehabilitation program in Oregon has benefited individuals who are finishing their time with the Oregon Youth Authority and a local animal rescue
The young men are housed at a facility for juvenile offenders and are completing their sentence. They learn life skills that help them transition back into society, and part of that is doing community service and providing care for the animals at the shelter.
"After the first day [at the shelter], when they come back, you see a different young man," superintendent of the juvenile facility Brian Blisard told the new source. "Their humane side comes out."
The boys help animals
that have been through all kinds of situations. They take them on walks, feed them and spend time playing and encouraging them to be social. Shelter workers have seen vast improvements of many of the dogs that come to them terrified of humans, and they credit the young men with helping socialize the canines.
According to the Humane Society, every year in the United States six to eight million pets are cared for by rescue shelters.