Inmates at local correctional facility create “cat aprons”

Inmates at the Prairie Du Chien correctional institute are working to make life a little easier for cats at the Coulee Region Humane Society.

For feral or shy kittens, the outside world can be a scary place. But a new program called Working with Animals to Gain Socialization or WAGS is providing cats with aprons to speed up the socializing process.

The cool thing is, these aprons were created as a prototype by inmates at the PDC Correctional Institution.

Employees at the Humane Society say they can count on these inmates for excellent stitch work.

“We asked our community partners down at the correctional facility if some inmates would be able to help us, and we provided them with a half-way constructable pattern, and they really turned it into something amazing,” said Executive Director for the Humane Society, Heather Drievold.

A few changes had to be made on the aprons to fit women, since the prototype was built using male models. But the first official aprons were sent out on Friday.

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