Many, many times I have had people ask me just what Puppies For Parole IS. At first, I had no clue. It had been spoken of in front of me many times at the NEMO Humane Society, however, I did not have details. We took a poll on social media regarding our blog subject for today and while I was out and about in town, I was overwhelmed by verbal responses. Most of them were votes for PUPPIES FOR PAROLE. We like to give our peeps what they want- so here you go! Straight from the website so that I don't mess up the knowledge spreading.
Puppies for Parole is a unique program made possible through our partnerships with animal shelters (such as the NEMO Humane Society) and animal advocate groups statewide (in Missouri). 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 adopted through their original shelter.
There are multiple benefits to this program. Puppies for Parole gives offenders the skills necessary to support successful rehabilitation and reentry, ultimately improving public safety. At the same time, this is an opportunity for the offenders to re-pay Missouri communities and repair some of the debts caused by their crimes. We have seen this program have a profound effect on the inmates and staff, increasing the safety and security of the facility.
The program also saves dogs' lives. Many dogs that were unwanted and would have been euthanized (in certain facilities) have found forever homes through the program. More than 4,000 dogs have graduated from the program and have been adopted. Some of these dogs were specially trained to work with the disabled, special needs children, veterans and mental health patients.
Finally, Puppies for Parole uses no general revenue and operates solely on private donations and donations from offender organizations.
YEP, YOU READ THAT RIGHT.........IN THE SUMMER OF 2016 (their 6th year of the program) THEY OFFICIALLY ADOPTED THEIR 4000th PUP INTO A FOREVER HOME.
GASP, right?!?! I mean, suddenly this is in perspective now. Holy BALLS! I highly suggest you click the link below and read the Puppies For Parole 4000th Newsletter (located at the bottom of that webpage). The information and stories within are well worth the time. THIS is a fantastic program. I hope, someday, to attend a graduation or go to the facility for an onsite visit.
Another fun fact is that our Mr. February, Gunner, is now attending Puppies For Parole and will be graduating in May. He, quite possibly, has a family already waiting to love him. We shall keep you updated on Gunner's story.
Warm hugs and Puppy breath,