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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.

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Volunteer Spotlight! Yael Bar Tur is a NYC volunteer for Puppies Behind Bars. She takes a dog home at least once a month to help socialize the dog to different sights, sounds and scents. Watch as she and Tara begin their weekend together and navigate New York City streets.

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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
Happy National Nurse Day! Thank you to all the nurses for putting yourself on the frontline this past year and for all the work that you do everyday! #nationalnursesday #thankyou #heroes #pbb
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Happy Earth Day! Let’s continue to try to keep our Earth clean and safe, especially for these little guys! #happyearthday #cleanandsafe #puppiesofinstagram #pbb