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


Last updated: May 26, 2016

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  • Abilities Network seeing abilities not disabilities. Our mission is to challenge the community to acknowledge the value and equality of people of all abilities. [Maryland]
  • Abilities Network and Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region: Epiilepsy Services
  • Animals with Epilepsy (for animal health professionals) Clinical Neurology in Small Animals – Localization, Diagnosis and Treatment, International Veterinary Information Service
  • Epilepsy Association of Central Florida (EACF)
  • Epilepsy Foundation of America The Epilepsy Foundation of America® (merged with the Epilepsy Therapy Project) is the national voluntary health agency dedicated solely to the welfare of the more than 2 million people with epilepsy in the U.S. and their families. The organization works to ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; to improve how people with epilepsy are perceived, accepted and valued in society; and to promote research for a cure. In addition to programs conducted at the national level, epilepsy clients throughout the U.S. are served by 48 Epilepsy Foundation affiliates around the country.
  • Epilepsy.com offers comprehensive, medically approved consumer information about epilepsy and seizures and is the trusted source for millions of people who seek reliable information about epilepsy.
  • Assistance / Service Dogs Canada's Guide to Working Dogs provides contact information and descriptions of many assistance dog organizations across Canada. [Canada]
  • Seizure Assistance Dog from 4 Paws for Ability
  • Seizure Dogs Information from the The Epilepsy Foundation of America®
  • Flickering content or high contrast oscillating patterns may trigger Photosensitive Epilepsy, an article from Juicy Studio about the need to avoid flickering Web content, using photosensitive epilepsy as the basis for discussion.
  • Photosensitivity and Seizures Information from the The Epilepsy Foundation of America®
  • Temporal Lobe Epilepsy is epilepsy that is characterized by abnormal electrical activity in the temporal lobe of the brain. This activity does not cause grand mal seizures; rather, it causes unusual behaviors and patterns of cognition.
  • Hypergraphia, a driving compulsion to write (or create in another media such as painting, blogging, etc.).