Puppies Behind Bars provides facility dogs to police departments to assist with officer wellness and community policing. However, we do have conditions and a screening process through which we determine an appropriate match for one of our dogs.
Our application screening process is a result of 25 years of experience of knowing what helps our dogs succeed and the quality of life they need to maintain in order to cope with the demands of working.
Since the application we receive will have been filled out and submitted by the officer selected to handle the dog, we wanted to share the criteria we’re looking for in a candidate in advance of your selection.
We also wanted to share some of the roadblocks and talking points we’ve run across with other departments who were incorporating a PBB service dog into their department.
BEFORE you apply, please download and read Information For Departments to Consider.
To qualify for a facility dog, you must be capable of incorporating a dog into your working and private lives. Daily, off-leash exercise is essential, as is ensuring the necessary amount of time you can devote to having a dog by your side.
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.
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Once again we feature images of our amazing puppies-in-training, their incarcerated trainers, and the first responders and veterans who benefit from our puppies.