Beth Zimmerman, who writes the blog for Pets For Patriots, explains about Military Working Dogs (MWDs) and adopting them.
The legal practice until recently was either to abandon these dogs or euthanize them. They were thought to have no use beyond the military.
Public awareness of how these dogs were treated after service to their country has brought about a positive change in their futures.
Robby’s Law was signed by President Bil Clinton in November 2000. It requires that all MWDs suitable for adoption be available for placement after their service. Robby, a war dog, was the catalyst. Sadly, although Robby’s owner fought to adopt him, the law was too late to save the dog.
It’s important to understand that due to their specialized training, not all of these dogs are suitable for adoption. They are not recommended for families with small children or other pets. They may be aggressive or have triggers which can cause unwanted or dangerous reactions. These dogs are not placed in shelters, rescues or sanctuaries because of their unique temperaments.
If a dog can still work after being retired from the military, civilian law enforcement has first dibs on adoption. Handlers have first priorty to adopt those dogs who can no longer serve. Then the public is invited to adopt.
All MWD adoptions are handled through Lackland Air Force Base which is the home of the Department of Defense Military Working Dog Adoption Program.
If you are interested in adopting a dog, please contact Pets for Patriots online or Lackland Air Force Base.