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.’’