Friday, December 31, 2010

Puppies for Parole

I have spent a good part of the last couple of weeks making Prison Pooch Blankies. I really enjoy it! I actually think about the character of the dog when picking out the fabrics. And, of course they are super fast to make as they are just big squares. The back is fleece...no batting, and pillow turned...no binding. Easy Peasy!!

All next week I will be featuring a dog and the blankie that I made for that dog. If you are a local reader, (I know some of you are from southern MO or the St. Louis area...they have the program at Bonne Terre); please consider adopting one of these dogs. It is a good program...and is good for all involved. I thought that you might like to see what the director of the state-wide program has to say about it. I copied this from an email. (Hope he doesn't mind!) 

Puppies for Parole is a unique program made possible through our 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.
The benefits of this program are three-fold. Puppies for Parole gives offenders the skills necessary to support successful rehabilitation, 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 dogs have a remarkable impact on MDOC offenders, improving offender behavior and giving offenders incentive to maintain excellent conduct records. Offenders not directly involved in the program are showing responsibility and selflessness by donating to support our efforts. Staff morale is also enhanced by the presence of the dogs.”
-George A. Lombardi
Finally, Puppies for Parole uses no general revenue and operates solely on private donations and donations from offender organizations.

3 comments:

Blondie ~ Vintage Primitives said...

What a neat thing! I can see where having interaction and training dogs would be a win win situation for all involved. Good for you, my Hillbilly friend!
Thinking of you most fondly ~ Happy New Year!
Blondie

The Tulip Patch said...

that sounds like an awesome program!

B-Z-Quilting said...

You are always thinking of others, one of the things I love about reading your blog. What a great ministry this is. I am glad we have become blogging buddies. :) God bless.