Program pairs Texas inmates with foster cats


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A new foster program in Texas is helping kittens looking for a forever home, and inmates at the Travis County Correctional Complex .

Several inmates got to meet their new cats on Friday. The program, which will see the inmates train the cats, was approved last month.

For those of you thinking cats can’t be trained, think again.

“They learn things, like they can sit, they can high-five. These kittens by the time they are ready for adoption, they can be trained on harnesses,” said Lauralei Combs with the Austin Animal Center. “They will be on leashes.”

This is an expansion of the Dogs 101 program, where inmates also train adoptable dogs. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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