This program is about training future working dogs, either service dogs for wounded war veterans or first responders, or therapy dogs for police departments, or explosive detection dogs for law enforcement. Please do not get involved in volunteering only to gauge whether your family is ready for a dog of its own. Our dogs are not pets.
To be eligible to volunteer for Puppies Behind Bars, you must be at least 18 years old and live in New York City—or within 45 minutes of one of our correctional facilities in New York to participate as a “puppy sitter.”
Our volunteer opportunities are available 7 days a week.
*Our online application is comprehensive, and includes a number of long-form answers. For this reason, we recommend you complete it on a desktop or laptop.
Thanks to all our prospective volunteers for your interest and willingness to participate. Please note the following considerations:
Volunteering as a puppy sitter involves a big commitment and can be challenging, but it is also extremely rewarding!
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.
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.
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!
Puppies Behind Bars has openings in our upcoming 2024 classes, held in upstate NY. All expenses paid.
What better time to serve yourself, your department or your community, than now? Click below to apply: