Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Who Let The Dogs In?

Puppies Behind Bars is a remarkable program taking place at a seven correctional facilities throughout the region, including the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women right here in The Badge Company's hometown.

If you travel Interstate Route 78 in New Jersey, you've seen the Edna Mahan facility, located alongside the eastbound lanes of the highway in bucolic Hunterdon County, just west of Exit 15. We are pleased to have been serving the facility's badge and insignia needs for more than 20 years.

Puppies Behind Bars trains inmates to raise puppies to become service dogs for the disabled
and explosive detection canines for law enforcement. In addition, the organization's Dog Tags program specifically focuses on providing service dogs to wounded veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

If you are not familiar with the terms, Service Dogs are responsible for aiding handicapped people with everyday routines such as getting dressed, turning on lights, and so on. Explosive Detection Canines are responsible for seeking out explosives and alerting their handlers when they have recognized an explosive scent.

You can see some demonstrations of these skills in the Puppies Behind Bars Story video that is available on the organization's web site, http://www.puppiesbehindbars.com. On the web site you can learn a great deal more about the entire program. We recommend that you take the time to check it out.