You may have seen the news stories about people adopting military dogs and thought, “Awww I want one.” That’s great; there are plenty of military working dogs (MWD) that need to be adopted. But, as with any animal, you should understand what you are getting yourself into before you run to a kennel.
Here are some things you need to know before adopting an MWD:
- Most MWDs are young and failed their training program, some are old and retired
- All dogs are tested to make sure their temperaments are safe for civilians
- They are not recommended for households with children under 5 years old
- The military will vet you before you can adopt one
- There’s probably a waitlist
- Two adoption programs exist: Lackland Air Force Base or the kennel master at other bases
- If adopted from Lackland, the only cost is for transportation
See what goes on behind the scenes at Lackland AFB:
You should also be aware that these are not regular dogs. Even when they are old and retired, they won’t be happy just sitting in a house all day. Be prepared to work your dog every single day — they will need it if you want a happy pooch.
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