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Updated: 07/10/2013 7:55 AM
Created: 07/09/2013 2:02 PM KSTP.com | Print |  Email
By: Maricella Miranda

Inmates Become 'Foster Parents' to Local Rescue Dogs


Bubbles is being fostered at the Lino Lakes prison.

Photo courtesy of B.A.R.K.

A nonprofit foster group for dogs has teamed up with the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Lino Lakes to give second chances to K-9s and prisoners.

The group Being Advocates for Rescued K-9s (B.A.R.K.) collaborated with prison officials in December to create temporary homes at the prison for dogs, where prisoners care for the animals and evaluate their schedules, playtime, feeding, training and crate time.

The Minnesota nonprofit Pause 4 Paws also has helped with the program.

The dogs are leaving the prison trained and sociable, program organizers say.

  • 9 dogs have been fostered at the prison so far
  • 3 dogs have been adopted
  • 2 adoptions are pending
  • Up to 3 dogs can be in the program at once.

Click here for a list of adoptable dogs offered through B.A.R.K.


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