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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.

The August 2, 2021 ceremony at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility was the culmination of a remarkable two-week period during which police officers were trained by incarcerated women in how to effectively handle and care for the wonderful dogs that have joined their departments.

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Volunteer Spotlight! Yael 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
Hi!!! My name is Hodges and I’m in training to be a service dog. I’m a really sweet boy and I love belly rubs. I can get goofy at times but I think it’s part of my charm. I love spreading my puppy love to all so hopefully you feel my love today!!! #love #workingdog #intraining #goofball #goodboy #pbb
Happy Labor Day from Puppies Behind Bars!!! #puppy #laborday #barbacue #dayoff #relax #play #enjoy #balltime  #pbb
Meet Clara’s Litter!!! These seven puppies will be going into the facilities next week to continue their journey. During their time here at the Scaife Family Foundation Early Socialization Center, with the help of our wonderful volunteers, we socialized them and gave them positive experiences to help on their journeys to become working dogs. Some of them will be training to be service dogs or EDCs(explosive detection canines). I want to wish them luck and can’t wait to see them grow into the best pups they can be!!!! #movingforward #workingdog #missyou #love #puppiesofinstagram #puppylove #pbb
Some quiet play time in the puppy pin on a rainy day!! Happy Sunday! Stay safe!  #play #sunday #rainyday #puppylove #adorable #socute #lovethem #pbbbig4

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Puppies Behind Bars is a non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, tax I.D. #13-3969389, and donations are tax-exempt to the extent allowed by law.

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