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Puppies Behind Bars (PBB) trains incarcerated individuals 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 incarcerated 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: Ten PBB Dogs Bring Comfort at NYPD Funeral

"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, 9/11 first responder
Sometimes we get pulled in a lot of different directions - but, hold on to havin' fun with your best friends, it's all the therapy we need. 🙂

Have a fun wknd! 🎡🦴🤹🐾
#puppy #playtime
We hope Julian's sunshine brightens your day. 😊

As we recognize National Mental Health Awareness month, please help to share Mental Health America’s (MHA’s) message today to provide foundational knowledge about mental health and what we all can do if mental health is a cause for concern.

PBB’s pups help provide support to first responders and wounded veterans who suffer from PTSD. 

Mental health is important to US ALL- we need to start talking about how to help each other in these trying times. 

#backtothebasics #growth #hope #healing
A HUGE shout out to grahamgano9 @kayvonthibodeaux and @nygiants for supporting PBB and our cause to serve. Lucky numbers #5 and #9 this year! Thibodeaux called Gano a “great guy” and said “the number don’t make the player, the player makes the number.” Gano did No. 5 proud over two years, making 92.3 percent of his field goals and 95 percent of his PATs. (Read the story: link in bio) #newyorkgiants #bigblue #gmen #gotyourback

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.

Prefer to donate a different way?

PBB offers many ways for you support our mission, including by phone and mail, and with memorial and matching gifts.

Click here to find one that works for you!