Second Chance Dogs; Second Chance People – Inspirational Video

A homeless man and his dog.

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Dogs are easier to help than people.

You might find one living on the street. Coax him into your car with some food. Take him home. And teach him how to fit into life with your family.

Just try that with a person.

But although people find it challenging to help other people, dogs do it quite naturally—without judging—by building a relationship.

Today we have webisode #3, More Happy Tails, of the Jail Dogs in 1C series where you can see relationship-building in action.

If you’re coming here for the first time, you can find parts 1 and 2 of Jail Dogs in 1C here.

As you saw in the video, the dogs are pretty amazing.

We see two of them go from kennels in the shelter to a stranger’s car to a jail filled with strangers without lashing out or shutting down in fear.

I don’t think I’d show such grace under similar circumstances.

No wonder we have so much to learn from dogs.

People don’t always want our help. What do you think we can learn from dogs about caring?


Photo by Beverly is used under a Creative Commons license. Thank you to filmmaker, Amy Jackson of Karmalized Pictures for giving me permission to share these videos.

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  1. Indeed we have alot to learn. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

  2. Dogs have such open hearts it’s amazing. We’ve fostered many dogs and rescued four – each of them comes into our home ready to be part of the family, to fit in and play their role whatever that may be. Adaptability, flexibility and awareness of others – traits we could all benefit from.

  3. I love programs that match dogs that need saved with people who need saved. They help heal each other. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Such fabulous programs and yes, we certainly have an awful lot to learn from dogs.

  5. Whenever I’m reminded of what cruelty humans are capable of, I always say, “dogs wouldn’t do that!”

  6. It’s hard to accept help from other people. Pride is a big thing to overcome. We naturally want to prove that we can do everything ourselves, even though no one possibly can. There is also the fear of not meeting up to expectations, or owing someone more than we are able to give. Dogs don’t have any expectations and they don’t ask for anything in return.

  7. I absolutely love these programs. Dogs saving people saving dogs – does it get any better than that? And I’ve never heard of a bad outcome from these programs. I hope they continue to spread for the sake of the people and the homeless pets that are given the opportunity to make a difference.

  8. Thanks for posting this. Fabulous stuff!

  9. I love every single one of these videos! Thanks again for sharing :)

  10. I believe in the healing power of animals for the homeless. It is common to see a homeless person in Seattle with a dog. I think that it is a mutual benefit. I would guess that most of these dogs were abandoned on the streets and “taken in” my a homeless person. The dogs give these people possibly the only unconditional love they have known.

  11. What a great program! thanks so much for sharing.

  12. JewelNature says:

    All good if it saves a shelter dog’s life AS LONG AS THE DOG’S SAFETY is put first and supervision is ongoing during visits to the prison and afterwards. There is a proven correlation between violence towards people and towards animals so the happiness, safety and welfare of the animals should be the first consideration, with no dogs staying overnight.

    • JewelNature says:

      The white dog (above) looks like she’s not enjoying it and feels trapped by the inmate’s hold.

  13. Goodness! there are so many dogs there! Great programme. It’s a win win situation, isn’t it? That section with Sandy the Anatolian shepherd and the young man made me teary. 2 broken souls getting fixed together.

  14. Greetings. I have seen such positive changes in both the dogs and inmates in the Jail Dogs program. Visit my facebook page to see pictures and videos and meet some awesome dogs looking for safe and happy homes.
    It’s hard to leave without taking all of the dogs with me, so more dogs can be saved.


    Amy J.