Inmates at the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Women's Honor Farm made a big donation Tuesday to a local dog rescue group.
The inmates presented hundreds of handmade dog coats, sweaters, beds, blankets, leashes, and bandanas to Meade Canine Rescue.
The rescue organization is located in Creston and focuses on senior and special needs animals.
"We fell in love with the dogs and the ladies embraced the whole thing," said Senior Correctional Deputy Piotrowski, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office. "They started making dog coats and sweaters and blankets and scarfs and bandanas and leashes and it took us about four-and-a-half months."
It's just the most recent donation made by the inmates.
In the past, they've made quilts for domestic violence victims , vests and capes for children battling cancer , teddy bears for the Get on the Bus program, pajamas and blankets for the homeless , and handmade baby quilts and clothing for a local parenting support group.
"There is a sense of well being and worthwhile satisfaction in saying, 'I did this, I made this for somebody,' and they show each other and the enthusiasm and excitement when they say, 'look what I did, I did this,' and they know it's going to somebody else," Piotrowski said.
The Women's Honor Farm also recently started a pilot program that allows the inmates to foster kittens from County Animal Services.