In­mates help give SPCA pups the ‘aww fac­tor’


Pris­on­ers are help­ing pound pup­pies find new homes with coats knit­ted be­hind bars.

A group of women from Aro­hata Prison, Tawa, have knit­ted the coats for Welling­ton SPCA’s lit­tle ca­nines to wear while they wait for adop­tion.

Team leader com­mu­nity en­gage­ment at Welling­ton SPCA, Jen­nifer Rizzi, said the coats kept the an­i­mals warm but served an­other, very im­por­tant pur­pose.

‘‘The coats make pup­pies even cuter and draw peo­ple to­wards them. It gives them the aww fac­tor.

‘‘A lot of our pup­pies look sim­i­lar and the coats help them ap­peal to adopters.’’

She said the SPCA had a long re­la­tion­ship with Aro­hata Prison and the pris­on­ers helped out with fos­ter­ing or­phaned kit­tens through­out the year.

Cor­rec­tions of­fi­cer Rae Not­ting­ham man­aged the knit­ting pro­gramme and or­gan­ised the do­na­tions of the knit­ted gar­ments to lo­cal groups.

‘‘The high qual­ity of their work is greatly val­ued and ap­pre­ci­ated.’’

She said the project was used as an in­cen­tive for the women and helped with their rein­te­gra­tion back into so­ci­ety.

‘‘They are very com­mit­ted to this cause.’’

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