A Second Chance for Abandoned Animals and Inmates

Posted on February 18, 2017 by Dr. Lynda

It’s not often we come across something that works perfectly for animals, inmates, and communities, but here’s an example of how innovative thinking can create a wonderful balance.

Image: Inmate at Monroe County Jail caring for an emu
Source: Great Big Story

Most of us thrive on a feeling of purpose.

We all know it, yet we tend to create systems that ignore the importance of meaning in our lives or the lives of others. Such is the case with our modern prison system.

Today on Saturdays Around the World, Ever Widening Circles points you to a unique project that changes lives, both inside and outside the prison system. It provides a loving home for abandoned animals, a place for inmates to practice compassion, and it forms a bridge between the community and their local jail.

“Common sense innovation” doesn’t get much better than this folks! Take a look! 

Once again we thank Great Big Story for bringing us a story of innovation that could be a model around the country. (They are doing amazing work! Check them out!)

If you are new to the website here at Ever Widening Circles (EWC), you’ll know we point you to sources like Great Big Story because the 24-hour news cycle rarely seems to find time to celebrate any of the positive things happening in the world. We have over 800 articles like this to prove it is still an amazing world.

Now when I see a great innovation like this concept, I just can’t leave it there. I’m left with so many questions.

To fill in some of the gaps, here is a piece done by CGTN that expands the story even further.


What an unusual and inspiring idea! I loved stumbling upon this.

This one really reminded me that it’s time to start choosing what we let color our worldview. We can turn off the talking heads on the news and start being careful about what gets our precious attention.

Thought leaders in every field – science, the arts, technology, conservation, sports – are out there creating projects that really would change the dialogue about the future. We feature one every day here at Ever Widening Circles.

If you need a “pick-me-up” now and then, here is my prescription:

Just scroll down to the bottom of this page and dive into any one of those six articles.

Follow any internal link, in any EWC article, and each will take you to another place that will also put a spring in your step!

Do this until you feel refreshed about the world, and then repeat daily.  

Avoid all sources of bias, fear, and anger for one week.

– Dr. Lynda M. Ulrich

Stay open, curious and optimistic!

~ Dr. Lynda


You can scroll to the very bottom of this page to follow this train of thought into a few articles I can recommend.

Or, take a minute to learn a little more about the world by trying out our Surprise Me button! It will take you on a journey to one of the great stories from our archives where you can learn one more thing that proves it’s still an amazing world. See what you find!

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