Soldier-dog-with-veteranMissouri Puppies for Parole shared this story with us in honor of Veteran’s Day last week. Such a story is heart-warming to share on any day! They said, “Here is a veteran from the Greatest Generation who along with the many thousands of Veterans of so many of our wars we celebrate this week and remember their contribution to freedom and liberty for all of us.

Soldier the dog was trained by our offenders at Algoa Correctional Center and adopted by the Veterans Home in Mexico Missouri where he will live out his life serving the Veterans and making their days just a bit brighter.

In this instance, Soldier went up to the third floor to this dying Veterans bed and sat by the side of the bed until a staff member gave him permission to get on the bed – where he stayed for 45 minutes. The gentleman smiled – perhaps his last smile.

A dog thrown away and of no use to anyone – now making honorable contributions to many.

Bless all our Veterans.”

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Since the inception of the program on Feb. 1st, 2010, Missouri Puppies for Parole offenders have trained over 2800 dogs that have been adopted out having passed the AKC Good Citizenship test. These are dogs who most likely would have been euthanized at local shelters. Puppies on Parole is moving into taking certain dogs to a higher level of training under the auspices of COMTREA community health and Bridle Ridge Acres Equine and Canine Center for people in need.

You can see more stories like Soldier’s on Missouri Puppies for Parole Facebook page and also on their website: if you click on Puppies for Parole on the right you will see stories, videos, milestone flyers etc. including listings and pics of their current dogs being trained in-house at 19 of their 20 prisons. Don’t miss the incredibly touching video of Liam and Sierra!