Dog Tags® is a Puppies Behind Bars (PBB) initiative which honors wounded OIF/OEF veterans. Our dogs, raised in prison, are trained to perform almost 60 commands. Since we specialize in dogs for veterans with PTSD and TBI, we also teach our dogs special commands for wounded war veterans with these conditions.
The costs associated with getting the right dog and being trained to care for and work with that dog will be paid for by PBB. These include the costs of lodging and transportation for the veteran or soldier/sailor/airman to attend a fourteen-day training session in New York. As a boutique service dog school, PBB can donate a maximum of fifteen of these special dogs per year. Applicants must be out of the hospital for at least eight months in order to understand what it’s like to live outside of the hospital and whether or not a dog can be incorporated into their lives.
This application will help us understand more about you, your needs, your lifestyle, and therefore which type of dog, and which of our dogs in particular, might be the best fit.
Please fill out the application below, and attach proof of current or past employment and a recent photo. We will notify you, via email, as soon as we receive your application. PBB staff will conduct an initial review to determine if one of our dogs is the right fit for you. If so, we will then schedule two separate interviews with you to be conducted by two different PBB instructors over the phone and over Zoom video conference. If you live close enough, we may ask to conduct one of the interviews in-person.
If we decide to proceed with your application, we will then send you links to forward to your health care provider and two people who are willing to fill out personal character reference forms (electronically) for you.
Within 2 to 4 weeks, we will contact your references and your health care provider. A decision about your application should be made within six weeks of receipt of your application. If you are selected, you will be placed in our next 14-day “team training.”
Thank you for your interest in getting a Puppies Behind Bars service dog!
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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