Adopt A Released Dog

Because our standards for service dogs and explosive-detection canines are so high, some dogs do not complete the program for either behavioral or health reasons. These dogs will be released as pets for a charge of $4,000.00. They will come to you spayed or neutered, current on all their vaccines, and incredibly bonded to humans. The feedback we’ve gotten from everyone who has ever adopted one of our dogs is that they never knew that dogs could be as focused on people as are ours.

If you are interested in adopting one of our released dogs, please print out the released dog application, fill it out completely, and send it to us either by e-mail, fax, or regular mail.

Once your application is received, we will review and file it until a dog is ready to be released.

When a dog has been approved for release we will review each application on file to determine which family is best suited for that particular dog. If your application is selected, we will then contact you to inform you that you are being considered for a released dog and will then proceed to contact your references.

When all references are checked and accepted, we will then discuss how and when you can pick up the dog. Please note that when a dog is adopted by you, he may never be given away or sold. If, for any reason, you cannot keep the dog, he must be returned to Puppies Behind Bars.

Please understand that we do our utmost to make sure that we pair you with a dog we feel will be the best match for you and your family. Be patient with us — but be assured that if you do get a pet from Puppies Behind Bars, we are positive it will be a wonderful, wonderful part of your life for many years to come.

Foster a PBB Brood

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. If you are interested in learning more about fostering one of our dogs, please call our office at 212.680.9562.

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Make a Donation

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.

You may make a one-time donation in any amount you wish, or sign up for recurring gifts on a schedule that works for you.

For gifts in honor or in memory of someone:

If your donation is made in someone’s memory or honor, we will send a card to the designated recipient(s) acknowledging your generous donation on their behalf.

Please include the recipient’s mailing address on the online form. You can view an example of one of our cards here.

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