Boston, Massachusetts – Sssh.com, the erotica and sexuality website designed and maintained for women by women, continues their philanthropic donation program and is pleased to announce that “Puppies Behind Bars” was the organization as voted by the Sssh.com subscriber community for the month of December.
Puppies Behind Bars (PBB) trains prison inmates to raise service dogs for the disabled and explosive detection canines for law enforcement. Puppies Behind Bars, Inc. formally came into existence in July 1997, and initiated the program at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in November 1997. They began with five puppies in the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, New York State’s only maximum-security prison for women, and now work in six correctional facilities raising approximately 90 puppies.
PBB strives to meet the current needs of the communities in which they work and has expanded its goals accordingly. After the events of September 11, 2001, law enforcement agencies’ need for working dogs increased dramatically. To help meet this demand, PBB added the training of explosive detection canines (EDCs) to its program. In 2006, PBB started raising dogs to assist disabled children and adults and launched Dog Tags: Service Dogs for Those Who’ve Served Us, through which we donate fully trained service dogs to wounded soldiers coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Puppies Behind Bars is in need of funds to continue and expand our work. PPB pays 100% of all costs associated with raising puppies in prison, including dog supplies, educational supplies for the puppy raisers, teachers’ salaries, and travel.
Sssh.com takes time and consideration that each organization is chosen based on a commitment to excellence, accomplishment of stated goals and ratio of funds distribution (direct application to the cause vs. administrative expense). The list of potential beneficiaries includes social, medical and environmental charities that get little attention and deserve so much more. Some are large associations known for touching lives in positive ways. Others are small but cutting-edge research foundations determined to cure debilitating diseases. Still others are cultural and community outreach programs devoted to enriching lives.
Sssh.com’s members will select each month’s beneficiary – giving women a voice in ensuring dollars go where they will do the most good.