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Puppies Behind Bars trains prison inmates to raise puppies to become service dogs. Their handlers learn to contribute to society and feel human again while preparing the dogs to help disabled children and adults, and veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Some dogs also assist police and international security forces with explosives detection. Volunteer puppy sitters are needed to socialize the puppies during their weekend "furloughs." This is because service dogs need to acclimate to various environments and stress levels. So they need to experience going into stores and restaurants, walking on different streets, attending softball and soccer games, as well as other activities.

On weekends, puppies also visit homebound elderly senior citizens in New York City. Puppies learn from their interaction with people, and seniors who rarely leave their apartments love to receive puppy kisses. How many people's lives are transformed by Puppies Behind Bars? Prison inmates, homebound elderly people, countless people in public venues, disabled children and adults, and veterans and their families.

You can become a puppy sitter, a weekend volunteer who helps socialize puppies that are being raised to become service dogs. Send an e-mail to programs@puppiesbehindbars.com or visit PuppiesBehindBars.com.


Debbie Tenzer is the founder of DoOneNiceThing.com and the author of Do One Nice Thing. Her book and site offer more than 100 small deeds that can yield big results -- and help readers make kindness a regular habit.


Excerpted with permission from Do One Nice Thing.


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