Prison Puppy Program
The Prison Puppy Program operates inside correctional facilities across numerous states from Maine to Florida. In this unique program, incarcerated individuals are caring for and training puppies that will one day act as service dogs for wounded veterans. In various facilities, incarcerated veterans participate in the program, offering them an emotional bridge to their dog’s future handler and partner. In order to be chosen as dog handlers, individuals must submit a letter of intent to a liaison, after which a collaborative of social workers, case managers, psychology, custody and program staff take part in the selection process. Incarcerated individuals who are honorably discharged veterans receive preference to become raisers, but all applicants must display acceptable behavioral records during incarceration and must pass a screening of the prison intelligence department. For more information about the Prison Puppy Program, individuals should contact the organization directly using the information provided on this page.