Puppies Behind Bars

Last updated: March 3, 2015

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"uppies Behind Bars" trains inmates to raise puppies to become service dogs for the disabled and explosive detection canines for law enforcement. Another program "Paws & Reflect Friendly Visiting Program" trains the dogs with homebound elderly in New York City to get used to oxygen machines, walkers, and more. Watch the full video for examples of how the dogs are trained for both programs. More videos and stories are available from the In the News: Media page.

Read A New Leash on Life: How We Got Started

Service Dog Program describes types of service dogs and how to apply for one.

See the Support Us for information about how to help as a puppy socializer or a Paws & Reflect volunteer.

Service Dogs & Therapy Animals

Last updated: May 30, 2016

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Did you know that service animals are not always dogs. They can include monkeys, cats, and small horses!

There is not a comprehensive list of what types of animals can be service animals. Animals, like people, have different temperaments, limitations, skills, and abilities. Thus, different types and breeds of animals may be trained to perform specific tasks. Matching a particular animal's skills and abilities to the tasks that need to be performed can be an important factor for a person with a disability when selecting a service animal.

Often, phrases are coined to describe the type of impairment or task a particular animal is assisting with-such as "signal dog," "hearing cat," "assistance monkey," "guide horse," and "seizure response dog."

Traveling with service animals?

Additional links about service animals