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Rescued flood dogs to help Florida inmates

Atlas and four other dogs rescued from Louisiana flooding, are in Florida where they will help inmates develop life skills. (Source: WFOX/CNN) Atlas and four other dogs rescued from Louisiana flooding, are in Florida where they will help inmates develop life skills. (Source: WFOX/CNN)

(CNN/WFOX) - Historic flooding in Louisiana left thousands homeless. Many had no choice but to seek shelter.

Among those most impacted are animals.

“There are very few pet-friendly shelters, so unfortunately, some people have no choice. They can’t bring their dogs or cats with them,” said Jen Dane, who is with a nonprofit animal rescue organization in Florida.

Deane’s organization Pit Sisters coordinated with several others to bring five displaced Louisiana dogs to Jacksonville, FL, where they will be given jobs, helping the incarcerated.

They’ll work with TAILS (Teaching Animals and Inmates Life Skills).

“What we’ve heard from the inmates that participate is they learn patience, they learn teamwork, they learn responsibility,” Deane said.

As the dogs become accustomed to their new home in Florida, these rescued animals will be the ones who are doing the rescuing.

“We’ve seen firsthand folks that have changed completely just from interacting with one dog,” Deane said.

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