The US military is looking for families to willingly adopt the retired military dogs and give them a caring shelter as a reward of their hard work.
The US military has issued a statement about how important it is for civilians to consider adopting military dogs.
According to ASPCA, nearly 6.5 million animals enter shelter homes each year. But, it's not only civilian dogs that need adoption. The retired military ones and other dogs also require adoption.
In order to try and incentivize the public, Air Force officials based in Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland released statements asking the public who were looking to get a new family member. If they are, then they should consider these retired military dogs too.
The officials further explain that there might be other young dogs who are put up for adoption as they didn't clear the vetting program. But the retired ones are available for adoption too. While you give them a home to rest and all, they may save you from unwanted situations.
Furthermore, this adoption process may take some time and patience. And the family who is adopting should meet certain criteria for adoption. It includes, no children younger than 5 years should be there, you must have a fence of 6 foot and you should have no more than 3 dogs already in your home.
37th Training Wing MWD dispositions coordinator, Jerry Britt, works to match prospective owners with their furry friends.
Also, some people are concerned about these military dogs to be dangerous than others. But that's totally wrong and there's no such thing. All these military dogs when considered to be put up for adoption go through proper vetting programs and are checked.
All the many success stories are there. Professor Robert Klesges, pictured alongside coordinator Jerry Britt and prospective adoptee Sofi, has long supported the program. He also adopted a german shepherd named Fida who was a combat tracker for marines, in 2013 and had a great experience with her too. Also, he aims to give another retired one a home.
Professor Klesges met with prospective adoptee Sofi, pictured down, to see if the two would be a good match.
Since the word is spreading on the internet lately, people are sharing their experiences with these dogs and are helping them. One said:
"These dogs deserve comfortable lives in their retirement. [...] We do not want these brave and loyal dogs to wind up in shelters for extended periods of time." — Darlene Orlando
Hopefully, these hard-working dogs will find loving and caring homes soon and get the importance they deserve in their final years. For more info and process of adoption, you can visit this air force website.