Military working dogs bravely serve our country in war. Each military K9 is estimated to save 150-200 lives through their work detecting explosives and hidden weapons. The bond between the dogs and their handlers is as close as any soldiers in any platoon. But military contractors are keeping our veterans from adopting their K9 partners!
After 247,000 Care2 members demanded action, Congress recently passed a measure that requires military dogs owned by the Department of Defense to be brought home to be retired, and offered to their former handlers for adoption. But there is a huge loophole keeping military dogs from their soldiers.
Unfortunately, a large number of military k9s aren't owned by the DOD, but are owned by military contractors instead. In these cases, when a soldier wants to adopt their war partner, they may not be able to, as often the military dogs simply vanish.
A NY Post exposé has just revealed tragic stories of veterans separated from their partners because the private contractor K2 Solutions wants to resell these war dogs to make more money or simply doesn't want to go through any additonal steps to serve our veterans. Hundreds of dogs have been dumped, kept from their handlers, many of whom are desperately seeking their K9s.
Please join me and sign this petition to the Secretary of the Army and US Congress and insist that any K9 military contractors follow the same rules as the DOD in bringing military dogs home from overseas and allowing their handlers the first opportunity to adopt their partners.
As always, thank you for your support.
The NY Post exposé makes it clear that not enough is being done by the military to reconnect contract military working dogs with their former handlers. Please act immediately to ensure that contractors follow the same steps as the Department of Defense in bringing our K9 soldiers home to the U.S. and allowing former handlers the right of first refusal to adopt their partners.