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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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Puppies Behind Bars occasionally seeks dedicated families to provide stable foster homes for our broods. Broods are essential to our program because they provide the puppies we train to become service dogs or explosive-detection canines. 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
It’s National Volunteer Week and here at Puppies Behind Bars our volunteers are vital. Without our volunteers the dogs would not get the socialization and exposure to the world that they need in order to become working dogs. So all the pups would like to thank our volunteers, you are appreciated and your dedication to PBB is amazing. Thank you! #nationalvolunteerweek #thankyou #volunteersrock #pbb
Officer Heather McClelland and Chase of Groton PD and Officer Danielle Durette and Indy of Naugatuck PD took a trip to Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford Spring CT. They wanted to thank the nurses and doctors for all that the have done during the Covid Pandemic, visit some patients that have been affected by Covid and of course spread some puppy love! #spreadinglove #thankyou #lapdog #pbb #puppylove
Coach @radiocitymusichall enjoying all that NYC has to offer! #radiocitymusichall #nyc #sightseeing #pbb
We are happy to let everyone know that Fargo had six beautiful puppies! We can’t wait to share them with you as they continue to grow! #littlepuppies #bundlesofjoy #sweetbabies #welovepuppies #pbb
Announcement: Fargo is due to have puppies in four days, April 10th. Do you think she is ready? #pregnantdog #pregnantlife #puppiesarecoming #excited #pbb
Happy Easter from Puppies Behind Bars! #happyeaster #bunnyears #pbb #happydog #happyday