|Bailey, deaf Dalmation dog at MO Puppies for Parole|
Yes, you read that correctly. Bailey is deaf. And she knows sign language.
Bailey is a female Dalmation dog that is being trained at the Jefferson City Correctional Center through the Missouri Puppies for Parole program. Her parole office is the Jefferson City Animal shelter (which means that is the shelter she came from and from where she may be adopted.
Bailey was pulled from the shelter and placed in the MO Puppies for Parole program when she was only 13 weeks old. Definitely cute and oh, so smart, she immediately stole the hearts of everyone. Her trainers have taught her sign language and she already knows how to sit, stay and roll over.
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.