"I feel human in here. I don't feel like an inmate. I feel like a person, and that's a huge thing for us because it makes us realize we appreciate the outside world so we don't want to come back."
For the cats, life in the jail is certainly a step-up from the cramped shelter kennels where they would have been placed while they hoped to avoid the sad fate that often awaits animals that go unwanted for too long.
"Its kind of strange but they want to climb up on the table or we have one that is notorious for climbing in the toilet bowl or yanking down towels so there is some kind of obedience training that goes into it," says inmate Amber Clark.
So far, eight of the twelve cats fostered and trained by inmates have gone on to be adopted to new homes beyond the jail walls. And, in time, as the women who helped raise them conclude their sentences, there's a good chance they'll find their lives on the outside a little bit brighter for it too.
Operation Second Chance also operates a "Jail Dogs" program for male inmates in Gwennitt County. Since that program launched in 2010, more than 200 dogs have been rescued, trained, and adopted to new homes.