Jail With An On-Site Animal Rescue Center Teaches Inmates Compassion And ResponsibilityAshley Maisano
In 1994, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Animal Farm in Key West, Florida, started out as a little pond for nearby ducks. Today, it’s home to 150 animals, who are cared for by some of the inmates as well as a full-time biologist. The farm does not buy their animals, rather rescues them. From horses left to die to exotic pet whose owners no longer want them, each animal at the farm has been abandoned, abused, confiscated or donated.
The inmates love being able to take care of the animals and spend time with them, and it teaches them compassion and responsibility. Former inmates are so proud of their work that they even come back to the farm after being released to show their families their great experience. One of the animals there, a blind horse named Ghost, was abandoned on the side of the road. The inmates have learned to accommodate his blindness by using their voices to communicate with him. It’s truly heartwarming to see these inmates being given a chance to show compassion and open their hearts up to these rescued animals!