Puppies Behind Bars NY

Puppies Behind Bars (PBB) trains prison inmates to raise service dogs for the disabled and explosive detection canines for law enforcement. The puppies live in prison with their raisers from the age of eight weeks to twenty months. Through our Dog Tags program we place service dogs, free of charge, with wounded veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Since 1997, PBB has raised more than 600 puppies, including 21 service dogs that serve wounded veterans, 32 service dogs for special needs children and disabled adults, and more than 240 explosive detection canines. Through their work, the inmates give and receive unconditional love, take on extraordinary responsibility and embrace opportunities to contribute to society rather than take from it.