|Pete the Pit Bull dog
Photo courtesy of the MO Dept of Corrections
Puppies for Parole program
Pete is a male pit bull who is receiving his training at the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center through the Puppies for Parole program. His parole office is Mutts 'n Stuff (which means that is the Puppies for Parole shelter / rescue partner for Pete.)
Pete became homeless when his owners could not afford to keep him. According to his trainer, Pete came out front for a visit to the administration building this past week. Although most people are leery of Pit Bulls, Pete showed staff just how loving the breed is. Pete showed off for staff by sitting on command, laying down, and giving high five. The staff members in the administration building were cooing over him.
Puppies for Parole is a program of the Missouri Department of Corrections made possible through partnerships 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 sent back to their original shelter to be placed up for adoption. 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.