Offenders hold puppies at CSP-Sacramento during the check presentation to Front Street Animal Shelter. Bobby Mann, with the shelter, accepted the check and brought the puppies to show how the money is used to benefit abandoned or lost pets.

By Staff at California State Prison, Sacramento

The inmate population on California State Prison, Sacramento’s (SAC) B Facility, raised $1,657 in April by holding a food sale. The proceeds benefited the Front Street Animal Shelter. As part of SAC’s continued efforts to serve the local community, the prison hosts various fundraisers, donating the proceeds to local charities. Inmate food sales, where inmates purchase specially priced food items not commonly served in the institution, is one of the ways proceeds are raised. The charities benefiting from donations are selected by the inmate population and the Community Resource Manager (CRM).

Bobby Mann, from Front Street Animal Shelter, came to CSP-SAC for the check presentation accompanied by three 6-week old puppies, to the delight of the inmate population. Many of the inmates who met the pups have been incarcerated since they were young adults; therefore had not felt the love of a dog or wagging of a tail in many, many years.

“Today was very impactful for the men, They had a rare opportunity to feel that unconditional love a pet offers,” said CRM Therese Giannelli .

One of the men made a comment that he did not want to hold the puppies as he had never had a dog as a child, and didn’t think dogs liked him. When the puppy was placed in his hands, the puppy’s tail started wagging and the dog began to lick his face, covering it with kisses.  This newfound canine lover was visibly moved by the love of the puppies. The day made an impact on the offenders.

The men involved in the check presentation were eager to share their stories with the rest of the population and inform them how the money they raised will be used to further aid the Front Street Animal Shelter and their efforts. They are all looking forward to contributing again to this great cause.

The Sacramento dog pound, as the Front Street Shelter was formerly known, had a euthanasia rate of about 80 percent. Today, instead of being put down, 80 percent of animals are saved by being returned to their rightful owners or adopted by new owners. The Front Street Animal Shelter attributes much of its success to the help of volunteers and foster families.

The adorable 6-week-old puppies present at the presentation were left at Front Street’s door with their mother when the puppies were just 2 weeks old.  They are currently being cared for by a foster volunteer until they are old enough to be adopted.