The HSMO picked Presley, a two-year-old Pointer/Labrador Retriever mix, as the first dog to enter this new program.
CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (KSDK) - Inmates at a women's prison in northeast Missouri are teaming with the Humane Society of Missouri and a St. Louis-based dog rescue program to provide homeless animals a chance for future adoption.
The HSMO picked Presley, a two-year-old Pointer/Labrador Retriever mix, as the first dog to enter this new program. Presley will receive between eight and 12 weeks of training from an inmate at the Women's Correctional Center in Vandalia.
The specially selected offenders will act as full-time trainers for their dogs, staying with them 24-7. The dog will live, eat and sleep in the same room with them.
When a dog's training is completed, they will have the kind of skills pet adopters covet, and the prisoners will have given back to the community.
CHAMP has placed approximately 55 service dogs with loving families throughout the greater St. Louis metropolitan area.