Team Michaela for Puppies Behind Bars

Team Michaela for Puppies Behind Bars

From Jeni Howe

I’m running a 5K to fundraise for Puppies Behind Bars, a non-profit that gives inmates useful skills by teaching them to train service dogs who help veterans and first responders cope with physical and emotional trauma.

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On October 20th I am running a 5K to raise funds for the outstanding organization Puppies Behind Bars (subject of the documentary Prison Dogs, trailer linked in the pictures above). Over the next two years, I want to raise $6,000 to sponsor part of a service dog's training, and this month I'm hoping to raise $250 towards that goal. Last month my friends and I raised $270 through a bake sale. With your support, I hope that running this 5K will bring me closer to my goal!

I first learned about this organization through a friend who adopted Luke, a wonderful dog but one of the many who did not pass the rigorous Puppies Behind Bars training program. Soon after, we adopted our amazing dog, Hoover, who "graduated" the program with flying colors and was a service dog to a veteran. Unfortunately, though, he soon developed a surprise genetic blindness that prevented him from continuing his service. Fortunately, this led to his early “retirement” and we got one of the cutest dogs ever (tied with our other pup, Penny). 

Puppies Behind Bars is an incredible organization that gives prison inmates valuable life skills to use when released from prison and a positive purpose by teaching them to train service dogs for military veterans and first responders. Generally the dogs go to individuals with PTSD to help them cope with the mental, emotional, and physical ramifications of their trauma. Some dogs are also trained to serve as explosive-detection canines. Additionally, while some dogs are completing their training they’re used to help children who have suffered abuse. Instead of having the children talk to an official, they face the opposite direction and talk to a friendly pooch.

Puppies Behind Bars is a busy and active non-profit that can always use a helping hand. To help their amazing cause, I am raising funds independently with their support and encouragement. With the $6000 I hope to raise, I will sponsor a puppy-in-training. This money will cover part of the costs of bringing a cute puppy into the program and releasing a highly trained service dog into the community. 

I will achieve my goal by raising funds with two friends, Mia and Piper,  through bake sales, babysitting, 5k runs, and other events over the next two years. I hope you can help me accomplish this goal. Thank you all!

PS 10/11 $50 donation submitted by Jeni Howe for Michaela on behalf of Dinny Baldwin. Thank you Dinny! xo

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