Puppies are given to the prisoners when they are 8 and they live with them for around two years. As the puppies grow into well-behaved and well-loved dogs, the prisoners understand what it requires to add to society rather than take away from it. PBB programs give the healing and love of dogs to many people each year. The animals give pride and hope to the prisoners and security and independence to those they assist.
Puppies Behind Bars (PBB) was founded in July 1997, when the founder learned of a guide dog/prison program that was in Gainesville, Florida operated by veterinarian Dr. Lane. He began the first prison/guide dog program in the nation and it was thought of as a magnificent idea.
The 1st PBB was at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women, the only maximum-security prison for women in NY and classes began the first week in October. Two puppies were let in and 7 weeks later on January 1998, there were 5 Labrador retriever puppies living in the prison with their trainers, nurtured and loved by 10 female inmates.
At Puppies Behind Bars, they feel that dogs can alter lives for the good. These dogs can transform the lives of prison inmates who erected walls around their emotions so they can survive in prison. These dogs can enrich the lives of law enforcement agents who are examining for hidden explosives and realize that the noses on their canine companions are the truest ways to discovering something, and they can enhance the lives of wounded war veterans for whom, in most cases, war has begun to feel normal while being home has felt really scary.