Military Working Dog Adoptions

by August 9, 2009 08/9/09

Img1465We’d like to pass along a great resource for anyone considering dog adoption. Military Working Dog Adoptions helps Veteran MWD’s find homes after they’ve served in America’s Armed Forces.

Here’s what you can do to help out the MWD Adoption program further:

We’d like to pass along a great resource for anyone considering dog adoption. Veteran Military Working Dogs have always needed homes after they’ve served in America’s Armed Forces. Typically if no home can be found for these heros they’re scheduled for euthanasia.
If you would like to help out the MWD program further
CALL AND WRITE the Air Force Chief of Staff, General Norton A. Schwartz ! ASK for these Proposed Changes to the Retiring MWD Adoption Program:
1. Implement a Standardized Operating Procedure among all the services regarding MWD Adoptions.
2. Set a standardized length of time for the retiring MWD’s paperwork being processed through Lackland AFB.
3. Make it MANDATORY to list all adoption-suitable MWDs world-wide on the Lackland AFB DoD website:                                                                         http://www.lackland.af.mil/units/341stmwd/index.asp
4. Make it MANDATORY for all adopted OCONUS (OVERSEAS) MWDs to receive transport back to the U.S. via military air. Retired MWDs have no “return to home station” benefits even though for the time of their service we proclaim them as bonafide “military members”. As it now stands, retired OCONUS (OVERSEAS) MWDs must be transported at adoptive owner’s expense as a “pet”!
General Norton A. Schwartz
Air Force Chief of Staff
1400 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1400
(703) 697-9225

CALL AND WRITE the Air Force Chief of Staff, General Norton A. Schwartz!

ASK for these Proposed Changes to the Retiring MWD Adoption Program:

  1. Implement a Standardized Operating Procedure among all the services regarding MWD Adoptions.
  2. Set a standardized length of time for the retiring MWD’s paperwork being processed through Lackland AFB.
  3. Make it MANDATORY to list all adoption-suitable MWDs world-wide on the Lackland AFB DoD Web site.
  4. Make it MANDATORY for all adopted OCONUS (OVERSEAS) MWDs to receive transport back to the U.S. via military air. Retired MWDs have no “return to home station” benefits even though for the time of their service we proclaim them as bonafide “military members.” As it now stands, retired OCONUS (OVERSEAS) MWDs must be transported at adoptive owner’s expense as a “pet”!
General Norton A. Schwartz
Air Force Chief of Staff
1400 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1400
(703) 697-9225

Let’s all help these heroes find the homes they deserve!


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bob jones
bob jones

as I understand it law enforcement gets the 1st pick then I suppose handlers and then the general public that may slow down the process a bit. there was a case listed on the web about a handler and dog both wounded at the same time it has taken 5 years for the handler and dog to heal and finally do to the efforts of a senitor named schuman the handler was able to adopt the senetor is tring to speed up the process. Be advised that you are not assured of a certain breed as the service useses everything from jack russle terries to GSD the breeding programe at lackland is only belgian malinmois.

504 Inf. Para.
504 Inf. Para.

I checked out the website but it seems a little...shall we say "cluttered." Anyone know what the likelihood of being picked for this is? Do veterans get a better chance of being picked? If I already have a dog, does that completely disqualify me? Any help or information would be appreciated.

RPC
RPC

http://www.lackland.af.mil/units/341stmwd/index.asp Here you all go for the adoption lists provided by Lackland, AFB. Mostly all of these MWDs have not passed through the training standards set by the DoD. Its free and you can get a badass dog that failed for a small reason such as inability to detect certain aids or "out" biting..

RPC

DoD k9

RPC
RPC

http://www.lackland.af.mil/units/341stmwd/index.asp Here you all go for the adoption lists provided by Lackland, AFB. Mostly all of these MWDs have not passed through the training standards set by the DoD. Its free and you can get a badass dog that failed for a small reason such as inability to detect certain aids or "out" biting.. RPC DoD k9

Mike "Gunny" Crivier
Mike "Gunny" Crivier

I retire from the Corps after 22+. Still working for DON though as a Sand Crab. Have had dogs most of my life except for the last three. Lost the last pal to old age. The X and too much $ in big "D". Gotta take the good with the bad though. Livin in the sticks now and think this program could be a great way for me to go and help one of those that does so much for our guys still serving. Ooh Rah!!

Semper Fi

R/Gunny

Mike "Gunny" Crivier
Mike "Gunny" Crivier

I retire from the Corps after 22+. Still working for DON though as a Sand Crab. Have had dogs most of my life except for the last three. Lost the last pal to old age. The X and too much $ in big "D". Gotta take the good with the bad though. Livin in the sticks now and think this program could be a great way for me to go and help one of those that does so much for our guys still serving. Ooh Rah!! Semper Fi R/Gunny

Jason
Jason

On a related note, there is also the MWD Foster Program. If selected, you will raise an MWD bred puppy from ~12 weeks of age to 6 months old. The puppy will then enter an evaluation phase before beginning training.

I did this last year (19 Dec 08 - 29 Apr 09). At that time, you got the puppy at 9 weeks of age. They've since changed it but not sure why.

It's a wonderful program and they cover all the food, vet care, toys, etc. If you live in the San Antonio area and can care for a puppy (there are specific rules you need to follow but they're not that bad) it's worth looking into.

The one I fostered is currently in training and will soon graduate and go on to defend us. It's really quite heart-warming to know how you can contribute to such a worthy cause.

Jason
Jason

On a related note, there is also the MWD Foster Program. If selected, you will raise an MWD bred puppy from ~12 weeks of age to 6 months old. The puppy will then enter an evaluation phase before beginning training. I did this last year (19 Dec 08 - 29 Apr 09). At that time, you got the puppy at 9 weeks of age. They've since changed it but not sure why. It's a wonderful program and they cover all the food, vet care, toys, etc. If you live in the San Antonio area and can care for a puppy (there are specific rules you need to follow but they're not that bad) it's worth looking into. The one I fostered is currently in training and will soon graduate and go on to defend us. It's really quite heart-warming to know how you can contribute to such a worthy cause.

Wardog72
Wardog72

Appreciate it. I feel it necessary to correct the continual flow of erroneous information that gets spread in regards to the DoD's working dogs...

Wardog72
Wardog72

The statement about dogs being euthanized if a home can't be found for them is incorrect. Dogs are not euthanized if no home is found they merely remain on the adoption list until a adopter is found (this is not usually a problem...). Aggressive dogs are not adopted (for an obvious reason) to the general public (we don't have a lot that fall into that category either). Most dogs at the military bases are adopted by their former handlers and Lackland AFB, TX adopts out dogs that fail initial training (adopt out hundreds of dogs in a year...).

ITS Admin
ITS Admin

@ Kiltman and Shorty, you're very welcome.

We truly believe in helping Military Working Dog Adoptions out as much as possible to find homes for these veterans!

ITS Admin
ITS Admin

@ Kiltman and Shorty, you're very welcome. We truly believe in helping Military Working Dog Adoptions out as much as possible to find homes for these veterans!

Shorty
Shorty

I think rescuing dogs is one of the absolute best ways to adopt a pet; you won't catch me buying from pet stores or breeders when we have so many dogs needing good homes. I'm astonished that these service dogs aren't guaranteed a better life after serving our country! Thanks for the article on teaching us how to help these animals have a rewarding retirement.

kiltman
kiltman

I know where my next dog will coming from. Thanks for posting the article. I wouldn't have knew about it otherwise.

ITS Admin
ITS Admin

We appreciate it too! We've also corrected the erroneous statement in the article. Thanks again!

ITS Admin
ITS Admin

Wardog,

Thank you so much for your comment. I'm relieved to know that the dogs aren't euthanized!

Also thank you for bringing the erroneous statement to our attention. It's great to have you on the site!

~ Bryan

ITS Admin
ITS Admin

Wardog, Thank you so much for your comment. I'm relieved to know that the dogs aren't euthanized! Also thank you for bringing the erroneous statement to our attention. It's great to have you on the site! ~ Bryan

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