|Charlie, a Great Dane mix dog at Missouri|
Puppies for Parole training program
Charlie is a male Great Dane mix who is receiving his training at the Jefferson City Correctional Center through the Puppies for Parole program. His parole office is the Jefferson City Animal Shelter (which means that is the Puppies for Parole shelter / rescue partner for Charlie.)
Charlie is 70+ pounds of pure muscle and a tri-color mass of canine puppy. Although 2 years old, he has the attention span and enthusiasm of a 6 month old puppy. He's also more than 30 pounds underweight. He will be a huge dog and will require lots of room to run and play.
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.