Military working dogs seek homes for retirement

The Air Force is looking for people to adopt military working dogs that are often overlooked.

The Air Force has been looking for potential new pet parents to consider adopting one of the many retired military working dogs they have. These dogs have dedicated their entire lives to service and are often overlooked or overlooked when adopted.

An article from PawBuzz shares that officials at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas are “worried about the marked disinterest” in the many working dogs who have retired.

Many retired puppies end up with their owners who have been by their side throughout their work, however, some are available for adoption by families looking for a new addition to their lives.

PawBuzz also shares that many of these military working dogs are older and can be between 10 and 12 years old. Most breeds of these military working dogs include German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, and Belgian Malinois. So you know you will get a dog that is protective, loyal and always ready for fun and adventures.

Lackland Air Force Base officials also conduct behavioral tests for dogs to ensure they are ready for a home:

Every MWD, when he retires, does a behavioral test and an adoption test to make sure he won’t be aggressive with food, bite a small child, or not chase the postman down the street,” says MAC chief petty officer Jason. Silvis, who works with MWD at Lackland Air Force Base.

We do a wide variety of tests before deciding dogs are good for public adoption.

For retired working dogs at Lackland Air Force Base, certain requirements are also set for potential adoptive families:

A family must apply and be interviewed by the military to ensure they will support the dog and to answer questions about other pets in the household.
A family generally cannot have young children. Unfortunately, most dogs are not suitable for families with children under 5 years old.
A family must be willing to travel to San Antonio to obtain the dog.

While adopting one of these retired military working dogs may not be right for every family, they can be a great fit for anyone looking for a best friend who has dedicated his life to service!

Lackland encourages others to spread the word and let others know that adopting one of these pups would most definitely change your life and theirs! You would definitely have a loving dog looking for a nice and relaxing retreat.

If you live in or around San Antonio and would like to adopt one of the retired military working dogs looking for a home, you can visit the Lackland Air Force Base website for more information. information. It might be time to add a new member to your pack!

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Bette C. Alvarado