NGO Representatives:

Emily Schwerdtfeger, Frankie Reyes

NGO Overview, Mission, and Purpose: What We Are About and Who We Help

Puppies Behind Bars (PBB) uses trained prison inmates to raise services dogs for wounded war veterans and explosive detection canines for law enforcement. At eight weeks of age, the puppies are given to an inmate for the next 24 months to live and be raised into a service dog.

Our mission is to provide inmates with an outlet to “learn what it means to contribute to society rather than take from it.” These service dogs bring hope, pride, and love to their raisers, and then contribute their security and independence to those they serve.

NGO "Bottom Line": How Me Make an Impact

PBB seeks to train the highly capable dogs for service for war veterans and law enforcement. By training these dogs, we not only make an impact in their future homes (whether it be in home, or in the field) but we also make an impact on the inmates that serve as their raisers for the first two years of their life.

NGO Organization Details and Location: Headquarters and Global Outreach

Located here:
263 West 38th Street, 4th Floor.
New York, NY 10018

Eric Barsness
Director of Development

Jan Brady


Louis J. Coletti

Database Manager

TaraRose Macuch

Director of Volunteers

Nora Moran

Director, Dog Tags

Gilbert Molina III

Director, New Projects

Joan Neumann


Carl Rotans

Senior Instructor

Gloria Gilbert Stoga

President and Founder

Peggy Vance

Dog Tags Instructor

Jill Wynn


NGO Job Openings: Who, Why, Where, When, and for How Much?

You must be at least 18 years of age and live in New York City or within 45 minutes of one of the six correctional facilities in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut where we conduct our program.
No one under the age of 18 may come to the prison, walk one of our puppies or be given primary responsibility for one our puppies at any time. Children are allowed to interact with the puppies only while supervised and in the comforts of your home. Must take the required training sessions

Employment Opportunities
Puppies Behind Bars seeks experienced service dog trainers available to work at PBB’s affiliated correctional facilities in the New York metropolitan area on a part- or full-time basis. Applicants must live in the vicinity of one of the facilities. Please send cover letter and resume to Gloria Gilbert Stoga at programs@PuppiesBehindBars.com

Why You Should Join Us...

You should join our organization because we strive to enlighten inmates while giving the community usable resources (the dogs). Along with the benefits that inmates gain, such as friendship, love, and a sense of accomplishment; you also gain a new experience. Puppies Behind Bars is an organization that reaches out to those who can't reach out to others, and by joining us you help to improve the lives of others, one dog at a time.

Our NGO Website:

Puppies Behind Bars

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