If you’ve ever wanted to support the military and love dogs, adopting a retired military dog just might be for you.
The benefits of adopting a retired military working dog are many. They are highly trained and eager to please. These adult dogs won’t require house or obedience training like a young puppy does. They also need you so it’s your chance to give back to those who selflessly served our country.
According to Military.com, How to Adopt a Military Working Dog, “Air Force officials at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland issued a news release last month highlighting the need for adoptive parents for retired dogs. They said that, while there is a demand to adopt puppies that didn't make the cut for the program, there is less interest in the older dogs, even though they are exceptionally well trained and could probably rescue you from a well or warn you about any nearby bombs.”
If you are interested in adopting one of these special dogs, you should know that the process can take up to two years. There are also some specific requirements you must meet such as:
- Must provide a loving home
- Be willing to be interviewed
- Have a 6’ fenced yard
- Less than 3 other dogs in the home
- Two personal references
- References from your veterinarian
- Transport crate
- No kids under 5 in the home
If you’re interested in adopting a retired military working dog, you can contact officials at [email protected] or call 210-671-6766.
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