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Puppies for Parolees in Missouri

Puppies for Parolees is a Missouri state-wide program in which puppies from local shelters are donated to prisons to be trained by offenders for future work as service dogs and as family pets. The statewide program began as an experiment 15 years ago when Vandalia's prison officials were asked if they would allow their inmates to train service dogs.  Although hesitant, the prison leadership agreed. The program had a profound impact on the inmates. Today, 19 of the 21 Missouri prisons participate and over 4,000 puppies have graduated from the program. A variety of more »


Puppies for Parole Graduation

On Wednesday, June 19, seven dogs graduated from the Puppies for Parole program at the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center. Stray Rescue (a no-kill organization) provided the dogs to the inmates at the medium security prison to be trained for three months. The dogs were taught basic obedience and socialization skills by the inmates. It wasn't easy for the dogs.  Abuse and neglect left them without social skills which allows them to function in the outside world but these dogs were eager to learn.  Each dog has graduated and is now more »