In loving memory

of our wonderful friend and board member, Bill Hamilton, who died accidentally on September 25th. We have never known anyone kinder, more generous, and more loving to both animals and humans than Bill. His imprint on our work will never fade.

We miss you dearly, Bill.

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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.

VIDEO: To the outside eye, it is just a group of dogs playing in the yard. However, these pups are in the middle of a prison yard at a maximum-security prison in Bedford Hills, N.Y. getting training to become service dogs.

"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
Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving from Puppies Behind Bars! #thanksgiving #thankful #littleturkey #turkeyday #pbb
Charlie looks ready to pop! What do you think? Wishing Charlie a great delivery. Can’t wait to meet her pups!!! #pregnant #newpuppies #specialdelivery #ontheway #bigbellygirl #exciting #goodluck
Happy Veterans Day from Puppies Behind Bars! Thank you to all for your service! #veteransday #thankyou #service #servicedog #alwaysthankful #pbb
Please take a few minutes to watch this short but amazing video!!! Two of our PBB pups Pete and Shadow and their handlers( both retired police officers) share their story. #amazing #touching #awesome #servicedog #love #pbb
Another awesome clip from the @nygiants game. Puppies Behind Bars dogs and handlers were recognized at the end of the first quarter at Sundays game! Thank you for having us @nygiants! #thankyou #football #workingdog #awesome #fun #greatwork #goodjobpups

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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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