We believe that dogs with purpose in their life experience a fulfilling and rewarding human-animal bond. Some dogs are dedicated running partners, while others are their family’s watchful babysitter. Sporting dogs have a dedicated purpose to flush and retrieve, and others have even more responsibility for their owners as a home or livestock guardian. But what happens when the script on this scenario is flipped, and the human being is responsible for, and if not more devoted to give an animal purpose in life?
Puppies Behind Bars dedicates their non-profit organization to train prison inmates to raise puppies for disabled individuals and law enforcement officials. PBB gives purpose to inmates to rehabilitate themselves through training, teaching and nurturing a puppy for a greater purpose. Now that’s teamwork!
After the events of September 11th, 2001, PBB added the training of explosive detection canines (EDCs) to its program. In 2006, PBB started raising dogs to assist disabled children and adults. They launched “Dog Tags: Service Dogs for Those Who’ve Served Us,” and donate fully trained service dogs to wounded soldiers coming home from serving in the military.
Here at The Dog House Kennel, we fully support the efforts of Puppies Behind Bars and give annually to their service program. We first became involved in 2004 when several of our clients reached out to us concerning the program and their own personal involvement. Since then, we have written several letters of recommendation for our clients to become a “sponsor” for the puppies who are taken to households to learn socialization and experience everyday skills. There are currently ten puppies in the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in nearby Clinton, NJ.
If you’d like to learn more about the Puppies Behind Bars mission and perhaps are so kind to donate to their program, you can find more information on their Web site!