Puppies for Parole celebrates 5,000 adoptions

1 year 11 months 3 days ago Friday, March 16 2018 Mar 16, 2018 Friday, March 16, 2018 5:30:00 AM CDT March 16, 2018 in News
By: Jessica Porter, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA – Puppies for Parole is responsible for bringing correctional officer Jim Farley and his best friend Junior together.

“The moment that I saw Junior, I immediately went up to the office and told them I wanted my name on the list,” Farley said. “He spends most of his time at home right next to me. I mean he really is like my best friend and doesn’t go anywhere without me and I don’t go anywhere without him.” 

Jim adopted Junior from Puppies for Parole. Since 2010, the program has had more than 5,000 adoptions.

“The purpose of the program is to bring dogs that maybe were not being adopted from shelters and we socialize them and make them more adoptable,” said Rebecca Pierson Algora, the Puppies for Parole coordinator. “We teach them their basic obedience, their house training, kennel training, and it makes them easier to adopt out.”

Selected offenders have the chance to participate in the program to train the dogs. The program has benefits for them as well. Offender handler Timothy Stovall has been in the program for two years.

“From our aspect of it, you learn responsibility, you learn how to judge things, you can’t just act on emotions,” he said. “You have to stop and think, is it best for the dog? Is it best for me? You know and then go on from there. You learn responsibility.”

Stovall said working with animals has also helped him control his anger issues.

“I’ve been an angry person and I really didn’t realize it until I started working with dogs,” he said. “You know you can’t lash out at a dog. That’s not a tough guy to lash out at a dog, so you start realizing, ‘how can I calm myself down to train this animal?’  You know, take a few deep breaths and calm yourself down.”

Pierson said the program also focuses on restorative justice with the criminal offenders.

“Some of them are going right back to our neighborhoods so this is one aspect that allows them to help reintegrate back into society and become the productive citizen that you want as your neighbor.” 

Stovall said the program gives offenders something to do while inside prison, but it’s also given him hope for life after prison. He said, once he’s released, he’d like to continue working with animals. 

 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper who was driving a boat when a... More >>
37 minutes ago Monday, February 17 2020 Feb 17, 2020 Monday, February 17, 2020 12:21:43 PM CST February 17, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Members of the National Federation of the Blind of Missouri will spend two days at the capitol,... More >>
17 hours ago Sunday, February 16 2020 Feb 16, 2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020 7:34:00 PM CST February 16, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – Members of Rock Bridge High School’s Students Demand Action group hosted a forum Sunday where local leaders answered... More >>
17 hours ago Sunday, February 16 2020 Feb 16, 2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020 7:07:00 PM CST February 16, 2020 in News
LACEDE COUNTY- One teen died and three others suffered injuries in a single-car-accident Saturday afternoon. The driver of the... More >>
19 hours ago Sunday, February 16 2020 Feb 16, 2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020 5:48:00 PM CST February 16, 2020 in News
VIENNA- On Thursday, February 13, Task Force Officers, Vienna Police Department, and the Maries County Sheriff’s Office executed a search... More >>
20 hours ago Sunday, February 16 2020 Feb 16, 2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020 4:43:00 PM CST February 16, 2020 in News
ST. LOUIS COUNTY (AP) — Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting last week, and authorities... More >>
20 hours ago Sunday, February 16 2020 Feb 16, 2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020 4:00:00 PM CST February 16, 2020 in News
HALLSVILLE- A house fire broke out off North Frink Road Sunday afternoon. Firefighters found a fire in the attic... More >>
22 hours ago Sunday, February 16 2020 Feb 16, 2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020 2:19:00 PM CST February 16, 2020 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY — Linn Creek, Missouri Police Chief Greg Berry was arrested Saturday afternoon by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, February 16 2020 Feb 16, 2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020 11:32:00 AM CST February 16, 2020 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA — Two women were seriously injured after head-on collision between a Prius and a semi-truck early Sunday morning, according... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, February 16 2020 Feb 16, 2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020 10:41:00 AM CST February 16, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - A new route and a new bus shelter will be added at the intersection of Rice Road and... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, February 16 2020 Feb 16, 2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020 10:00:00 AM CST February 16, 2020 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Thousands of people and more than 300 gallons of chili filled the Expo Center Saturday for the 15th... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 7:50:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Runners braved the cold weather Saturday morning for the R.A.M.S 5K. R.A.M.S is a nonprofit MU organization... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 6:44:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
FESTUS (AP) — Police in eastern Missouri say a 73-year-old man has been shot to death, and his 42-year-old son... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 5:28:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - One of Missouri State Highway Patrol's vehicles was struck by a semitruck late Thursday night. MSHP shared... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 4:44:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Don Allard, who served as Columbia’s city manager for 12 years, died Wednesday in Arvada, Colorado, after a... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 4:10:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Four candidates are running for three open seats on the Columbia School Board. Although there are less... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 3:41:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Local nonprofit Building Community Bridges held its monthly community day Saturday afternoon. Saturday's event had a... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 3:00:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) — A jury has awarded $265 million in punitive damages to a Missouri peach grower who sued... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 2:41:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 47°
1pm 51°
2pm 52°
3pm 54°
4pm 54°