Meowmate/Muttmate Program

Animal Advocates of Barnwell and Allendale Correctional Institution have teamed up to create a program where carefully chosen residents in the Character-based Housing Unit (CHU) are paired with a dog or cat (MeowMate) from the shelter. In addition to providing basic love and attention, the handlers help socialize the animals. They interact with everyone in the unit, and they get to play with other animals to learn skills needed to make them more adoptable. Residents teach basic commands to the dogs such as sit, stay, come, stop, lay, etc. The dogs and cats live in the cells with the residents, so they quickly become house trained, which again helps to make them more adoptable.