Dogs on the Inside: Everyone Deserves a Second Chance

66+ min. Brean Cunningham & Douglas Seirup, dist. by Kino Lorber, www.kinolorber.com. 2017. DVD UPC 738329211868. $29.95. PETS/CRIMINOLOGY
This touching documentary follows the dog rescue/rehabilitation efforts of the Don't Throw Us Away nonprofit in coordination with the Great Dog Rescue New England and the North Central Correctional Institution, Gardiner, MA. The theory behind this successful program is that no life is hopeless and there are no throwaways—canine or human. Viewers will be quickly drawn to the stories of six rescued strays that are paired with six inmates, with the intent that the dogs will be trained and rehabilitated for eventual adoption into loving homes. It becomes immediately obvious that the brokenness of the dogs is matched by that of the prisoners but that love and trust, caring and compassion will overcome their troubled pasts. The inmates provide much of the narration; their comments are deeply personal and inspiring as the project brings a happy beginning for those dogs that would otherwise have been euthanized.
VERDICT The prison participants acknowledge their sadness when the dogs leave but are grateful for the families giving these animals a second chance at life. Highly recommended.
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