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Puppies Behind Bars

Training inmates to raise service dogs for wounded war veterans and explosive-detection canines for law enforcement

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four stars

98.04

263 West 38 Street 4th floor
New York, NY 10018
tel: (212) 680-9562   Web Site
EIN: 13-3969389

Board Leadership
Elise O'Shaughnessy
Chairman

CEO
Gloria Gilbert Stoga
President, Founder

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 98.04 four stars
  Financial 97.23 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Puppies Behind Bars (PBB) trains prison inmates to raise service dogs for wounded war veterans and for first responders, as well as explosive-detection canines for law enforcement. The puppies live in prison with their inmate raisers from the age of 8 weeks to 24 months. Since 1997, PBB has raised more than 1,000 puppies. Through our Dog Tags program we place service dogs, free of charge, with wounded veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The dogs learn special commands to mitigate the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and TBI (traumatic brain injury). Since our first Dog Tags placement in 2008, we have paired 110 service dogs with wounded veterans and first responders. Additionally, more than 400 PBB-trained explosive-detection canines work with law enforcement agencies around the country. The dogs we raise transform the lives of the inmates who train them, and the lives of those they go on to serve.

Puppies Behind Bars (PBB) trains prison inmates to raise service dogs for wounded war veterans and for first responders, as well as explosive-detection canines for law enforcement. The puppies live in prison with their inmate raisers from the age of 8 weeks to 24 months. Since 1997, PBB has raised more than 1,000 puppies. Through our Dog Tags program we place service dogs, free of charge, with wounded veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The dogs learn special commands to mitigate the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and TBI (traumatic brain injury). Since our first Dog Tags placement in 2008, we have paired 110 service dogs with wounded veterans and first responders. Additionally, more than 400 PBB-trained explosive-detection canines work with law enforcement agencies around the country. The dogs we raise transform the lives of the inmates who train them, and the lives of those they go on to serve.

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Financial

four stars

97.23

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
86.5%
  Administrative Expenses 8.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 6.47
  Program Expenses Growth 7.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Puppies Behind Bars on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Puppies Behind Bars on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Puppies Behind Bars (NY) 98.04 four stars
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation (CT) 91.67 four stars
The Gentle Barn (CA) 94.42 four stars
Canine Companions for Independence (CA) 88.43 three stars
Guide Dogs of the Desert (CA) 87.87 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,834,864
   Federated Campaigns $261,631
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $269,597
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $3,366,092
   Program Service Revenue $65,521
Total Primary Revenue $3,431,613
   Other Revenue $387,567
TOTAL REVENUE $3,819,180
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,978,188
   Administrative Expenses $168,145
   Fundraising Expenses $124,334
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,270,667
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,548,513
   
Net Assets $13,651,527

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Raising Service Dogs $1,832,164 92.6%
Raising Explosive-Detection Canines $102,447 5.2%
Inmate Education & Employment of Former Inmates $43,577 2.2%

Ratings History
Puppies Behind Bars has received 12 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 02/01/2019 98.04 four stars
2016-12 02/01/2018 96.25 four stars
2015-12 12/01/2016 100.00 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 100.00 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 98.18 four stars
2013-12 04/01/2015 95.77 four stars
2012-12 07/01/2014 97.95 four stars
2012-12 03/01/2014 94.64 four stars
2012-12 02/01/2014 91.95 four stars
2011-12 03/01/2013 94.91 four stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 96.98 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 96.91 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 12/22/2010 98.27 four stars
2008-12 02/01/2010 98.51 four stars
2007-12 12/01/2008 98.08 four stars
2006-12 11/01/2007 92.28 four stars
2005-12 10/01/2006 86.84 three stars
2004-12 11/01/2005 97.90 four stars
2003-12 03/01/2005 88.38 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 13-3969389
Name in IRS Master File PUPPIES BEHIND BARS INC
NTEE Code P80
NTEE Classification Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations
NTEE Type Human Services - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(160) Aid to the handicapped (see also 031)
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date January, 1998
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$231,000 10.17% Gloria Gilbert Stoga President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Puppies Behind Bars (NY) 98.04 four stars
Can Do Canines (MN) 96.19 four stars
Paws With A Cause (MI) 91.46 four stars
ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (CT) 92.92 four stars
Southeastern Guide Dogs (FL) 96.79 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Puppies Behind Bars
263 West 38 Street
4th floor
New York, NY 10018
tel: (212) 680-9562
fax: (212) 689-9330
EIN: 13-3969389

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Board Leadership

Elise O'Shaughnessy
Chairman

CEO

Gloria Gilbert Stoga
President, Founder

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