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Puppies Behind Bars (PBB) trains prison inmates to raise service dogs for wounded war veterans and first responders, as well as explosive-detection canines for law enforcement.

Puppies enter prison at the age of 8 weeks and live with their inmate puppy-raisers for approximately 24 months. As the puppies mature into well-loved, well-behaved dogs, their raisers learn what it means to contribute to society rather than take from it. PBB programs bring the love and healing of dogs to hundreds of individuals every year. The dogs bring hope and pride to their raisers, and independence and security to those they serve.

PBB graduate Chase is a four-legged officer making a difference in her community one paw at a time.

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Volunteer Spotlight! Sophia Grosso is a full time college student and a day volunteer for Puppies Behind Bars.

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What does it take to be a foster family for one of our dogs? Meet Dustin, Melissa & Adele!​

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What happens when law enforcement and inmates come together over a dog?

PBB dogs bring comfort to health care heroes in this Today show feature.

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Introduction to Puppies Behind Bars

"I never thought a service dog could open the door to me living my life again, but that's exactly what pete's done for me."

— Brian, former 9/11 first responder
You have to love the NYC views! McDuff made sure to enjoy them on his weekend trip to NYC! #nyc #beautiful #views #pbb
Toys toys toys! One of the best parts of being a puppy! #toys #happydog #puppylove #pbb
Check out this great story featuring Officer Heather McClelland and Chase of Groton PD. These two are doing great things in the community! Link in our bio to see the full story. #community #spreadinglove #puppylove #pbb
The bronze statue "Arthur, My Hero, My Friend" was unveiled at the Veterans Plaza of Northern Colorado, Fort Collins, on May 30th at the Memorial Day service.  Major Diggs Brown (ret), donated the statue in honor of his Puppies Behind Bars service dog, Arthur.  Diggs met the artist Susan Norris during a short stay in Cimarron, NM, where Susan has her studio.  After a discussion regarding Arthur and the services he provides, Susan shared a photo of her latest work, My Hero, My Friend. 
"Serendipitous, is the best way to describe this chance meeting," states Diggs, "the statue was a perfect tribute to the dogs that work with our soldiers on the battlefield and also the dogs which work with our veterans once they are home."
Major Brown received Arthur from PBB in 2013.  He credits the dog with saving his life.
"I was in a very bad place in my life when I heard about the PBB program.  I can truly say that Arthur saved me.  The dogs from PBB are a blessing."
Under the statue pedestal is an ossuary where Arthur's cremated remains will be placed once he passes.  A fitting tribute to Arthur, My hero, My Friend.
The Veterans Plaza of Norther Colorado (501c3) is an outdoor venue which pays tribute to service to the nation by our military veterans.  It also has an educational component which sends speakers to schools and organizations who wish to have speakers come and give inspirational presentations.
Happy Memorial Day from Puppies Behind Bars! #memorialday #remember #notforgotten #honoring #pbb