Puppies Behind Bars
New York, NY
Since 1997, Puppies Behind Bars has been training prison inmates to raise guide dogs for the blind and explosive detection canines for law enforcement. As the inmates raise their puppies, they work to benefit the outside community and in addition, towards their own rehabilitation. Because the puppies also need to be socialized to city life and acclimated to urban environments, puppies spend weekends in New York City with volunteers. These volunteers couple city socialization trips with visits to the often forgotten homebound elderly. PBB believes that through the “Paws and Reflect” program, the unconditional warmth that the pups bring to their inmate puppy raisers can also be used to lift the spirits of the homebound elderly in Manhattan.