Intersect proudly donates 10% of their proceeds to the Pawsitive Change Program:
Marley’s Mutts Pawsitive Change Prison Program is an innovative and progressive program that pairs incarcerated men with rescued dogs for mutual rehabilitation. Marley’s Mutts partners with California state prisons, to select 24-30 inmates and 8-10 at-risk shelter dogs for each prison program cycle. Over the course of 14 weeks, the inmates complete very challenging blocks of course work which involve weekly homework assignments and personal goals.
Program curriculum is designed to ready the men and dogs for the Canine Good Citizen Certification, a test which is by no means easy and which 99% of the world’s dogs could not complete without rigorous and consistent training. The curriculum is a phenomenal guide to understanding energy and emotion—both human and canine–as well as how to process that energy and those emotions. The curriculum provides valuable vocational training but also allows and promotes spiritual betterment.
Inmate selection is based on conduct while incarcerated and demonstrated interest in the program. Inmates must have zero, or very few points accrued, and are required to fill out a survey and write an essay outlining why they want to participate in the program. We do not discriminate against violent offenders but do exclude sex offenders and any with a history of animal abuse. Most of these men have been in prison for a long time, but ALL of them will get out, and some of them soon. This program is set up to establish compassion, develop skills, combat recidivism, and prepare the inmates for healthy and productive lives after incarceration.
Ultimately, this program is reducing the recidivism rate and helping both dog and man earn a second change for a positive and fulfilling life.