Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for August 29, 2023


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for August 29, 2023

Canine Cellmates pairs Fulton County jail inmates or recently released inmates with dogs needing homes, according to Atlanta News First via WRDW.

“Those were dark days for me. I made a lot of bad decisions,” Howard said.

In 2017, Howard says he was serving time at the Fulton County Jail for theft charges related to his drug use. It wasn’t his first time behind bars, but it was his first-time meeting Susan Jacobs-Meadows.

Jacobs-Meadows runs Canine Cellmates, a program which has traditionally paired shelter dogs with inmates at the Fulton County Jail. The idea is to help inmates develop communication skills, make better choices, and take responsibility for something other than themselves.

Jacobs-Meadows got Howard involved in the program and paired him with an English bulldog, named Tyson.

“The time that I was working with him, it just, it helped me see the other side to life. Then I started to think well, you know? There’s some good there. I never knew about these feelings that I had,” Howard said.

Eventually Tyson was adopted, and Howard got out of jail. But this time, he had a new perspective. That’s when he started his own contracting and restoration company.

“I love working. I love helping people. And I love sharing my story because I’ve been through a lot. I’ve struggled a lot in life. So, I feel like if I can overcome the obstacles that I’ve overcome, then anyone can do it,” Howard said.

Due to ongoing health and safety issues at the Fulton County Jail, Canine Cellmates is not currently allowed to run their program inside the facility. Instead, they are working with recently released inmates at their West Midtown facility. They’ll being a new “beyond the bars” program in September.

Sandy (above and below) is a 2-year old, 45-pound female Terrier mix who is available for adoption from Canine Cellmates in Fulton County, GA.

Meet Sandy, formerly known as Casey! Casey was named for Sandy from SpongeBob SquarePants. Sandy from SpongeBob Squarepants is a squirrel – our Sandy is definitely not a squirrel, but she is adorable nonetheless! Our Sandy is a short stack with a smushy face that makes you think there is some boxer in there with what is surely pittie. She is around 2 years old, and a perfectly compact 45 pounds.

Jazzy is a 9-year old, 60-pound female Terrier mix who is available for adoption from Canine Cellmates in Fulton County, GA.

Jazzy is our longest term resident. She was adopted previously, but came back to us from her adopter, who had a change in his mobility, and was no longer able to care for her. She went through Beyond The Bars as a refresher, and excelled – again!  We believe her to be a shar-pittie (sharpei, pittie mix). She weighs 60 pounds. She would prefer to be an only dog adored by as many two legged family members as possible, but she would probably be okay with an mellow boyfriend around her age. 

Jazzy has lived most of her life in a shelter, or kenneling, environment, and would love nothing more than to live the rest of her life in a home, with people who will adore her!

Fiona is a 3-year old, 60-pound female Terrier mix who is available for adoption from Canine Cellmates in Fulton County, GA.

Meet Fiona, named for Fiona of the Netflix series Shameless! At the shelter, her name was the endearing Amazing Grace – we suspect that is because she is an amazing girl! Fiona came to the shelter after she was found loose near, and then placed in, a dog park. She has a beautiful red coat, and the sweetest face you’ve ever seen! Fiona is a 60 pound pittie mix – maybe with a little lab? – with a taller, more graceful build than most.

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