Only days ago, we shared the news of an online series documenting the transformative power that dog training has on prison inmates. Now, we’re spreading the word about a documentary about another heartwarming partnership between dogs and inmates.
Jail Dogs in 1C, an upcoming documentary film directed by Amy Jackson and produced by Karmalized Pictures, chronicles the efforts of Operation Second Chance, a partnership between the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department and the Society of Humane Friends of Georgia. Operation Second Chance’s Jail Dogs program rescues dogs and cats from euthunasia, giving the animals a second chance at a safe, happy life. After being cared for by vets, these prospective pets live and train with carefully selected inmates at the Gwinnett Detention Center in Lawrenceville, Ga., until the lucky felines and canines find their forever homes.
“Ever since I was a kid I have felt very passionate about rescuing animals and making movies,” Jackson writes on her website. “My rescue family inspire [sic] me everyday to be the voice of those who can’t be heard and to make movies that matter!”
Since the Jail Dogs program began in February 2010, more than 217 dogs have been pulled from death row and successfully adopted into permanent homes. There’s no doubt, of course, that the human participants receive as much benefit from the program as the cats and dogs do. Through Operation Second Chance, inmates gain dog training and handling skills, the experience of caring for someone other than themselves, and the fulfillment of making a positive difference in an animal’s life.
For more uplifting stories and adorable footage of jail dogs in action, explore the “Jail Dogs in 1C” webisodes posted on Amy Jackson’s YouTube channel. We’ve selected a video to start you off, but don’t be surprised if you’re sucked into the heartwarming web series for hours! Hey, it’s all for a good cause, right?