|Border Collie Mix, Stripe - photo Mo Dept of Corrections|
Stripe is a female Border Collie mixed breed dog. She's in the MO Puppies for Parole program at the Farmington Correctional Center. Right now her trainer is working with Stripe on focus exercises and self confidence because she's timid and afraid of pretty much everything. Her parole office is Massas Creek (and that's who will supervise her adoption into a forever home.)
Puppies for Parole is a unique program 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 will be 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.