Thursday, October 28, 2010

Adopt a Dog from Missouri Puppies for Parole

Humphrey, a Beagle mix
Photo courtesy of
MO Dept of Corrections
Puppies for Parole
Adopt a Shelter Dog Month is almost over, though any time is a good time to adopt a dog from an animal shelter or rescue.  You might want to consider adopting a dog that has completed one of the programs at your state's correctional facilities.  Yup, you read that right.  Many have wonderal training programs that benefit both the dog and the offender.

Here in Missouri, we have the Puppies for Parole program.  The MO Department of Corrections is partnering with animal shelters and animal advocate groups statewide. Selected offenders have the opportunity to become trainers to rescue dogs in the program. Offenders work with the dogs teaching them basic obedience skills and properly socializing the animals, making them more adoptable. Once the dogs have successfully completed the program they are be sent back to their original shelter to be placed up for adoption.

The Puppies for Parole program web site has photographs and information about each dog that is available for adoption.  The information includes the dog's breed, sex, the institution where the dog completed the program, the animal shelter partner, and a progress report of the dog's training.

Last year in Missouri, more than 46,000 homeless canines were euthanized. Puppies for Parole hopes to reduce that number by producing loving, obedient, adoptable dogs.  Visit the Puppies fr Parole program on the web to select your new best furry friend.

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