If there’s anything we believe in at the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri, it’s the awesome power of a second chance. That is why we are thrilled to announce our participation in the Puppies for Parole program, made possible by our partnership with the Ozark Correctional Facility.
The Puppies for Parole program is an instrumental force in saving lives of abandoned dogs state-wide. To date, more than 4,000 dogs have graduated from the program and found their forever home. With the help of select inmates, many dogs were trained specifically to give back to those in need, from special needs children to veterans, the disabled to the elderly. Through these dogs, inmates are able to help repay their debit to the community, all while giving abandoned and neglected dogs a new leash on life.
Our partnership officially began on August 31 with the arrival of the first six Humane Society dogs at Ozark Correctional Facility. Select offenders will have the opportunity to become trainers to these rescue dogs, providing the support they need to learn basic obedience and social skills, and ultimately helping the dogs prepare for the day they graduate and are taken to their forever home. In essence, Ozark Correctional Facility, its staff, and select inmates will provide the dogs with the foster home they need to thrive.
The best part is the relationship between dog and inmate is entirely symbiotic. The dogs receive the care and attention they need, but they, in turn, help offenders develop the skills they need for successful rehabilitation. The Puppies for Parole program has already proven to have a positive influence on the participating correctional facilities by incentivizing inmates to maintain excellent conduct records, which they must have in order to be considered for participation in the program. This, in turn, improves the facility’s safety and security. And to no one’s surprise, morale among staff and inmates increases exponentially with dogs around to care for and love.
After the dogs have graduated from the Puppies for Parole program, they will remain at Ozark Correctional Facility until their forever family takes them home. Special arrangements to visit these special dogs can be made to anyone who is interested in adopting.
Learn more about the Puppies for Parole Program by clicking here.