Bring Military Working Dogs Home

  • by: Bernie Campbell
  • target: President Obama, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Military Working Dogs play a critical role in our nation's defense and are crucial to the safety of our service members. The military estimates that on average, each animal saves between 150-200 lives during his or her career. These amazing dogs work tirelessly to keep us safe, successfully performing important and dangerous duties that can be difficult, if not impossible, for people, all while providing unconditional love and loyalty to the men and women who work alongside them.

In recognition of these heroic animals' unwavering service to our country, we believe that our government's commitment to their wellbeing must extend beyond the period of military service.

In late 2012, Congress took action in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), an annual military policy bill, to better protect retired military dogs by streamlining the adoption process and authorizing a system of veterinary care for retired animals.

This year’s NDAA seeks to build upon the 2012 law to improve life after service for military dogs. The U.S. House of Representatives’ Armed Services Committee included a provision in this year’s bill to require the military to bring home retired dogs serving overseas and to ease the adoption process for handlers who choose to adopt. These changes will strengthen the bond between dog and handler and ensure that these canine heroes can begin their new lives in loving, secure environments.

Military Working Dogs, or MWDs, play a critical role in our nation’s defense and are crucial to the safety of our service members. The military estimates that the average MWD saves between 150-200 lives during his or her career. These amazing dogs work tirelessly to keep us safe, successfully performing important and dangerous duties that can be difficult—if not impossible—for people, all while providing unconditional love and loyalty to the men and women who work alongside them.

In recognition of these heroic animals’ unwavering service to our country, we believe that our government’s commitment to their wellbeing must extend beyond the period of military service.

In late 2012, Congress took action in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), an annual military policy bill, to better protect retired military dogs by streamlining the adoption process and authorizing a system of veterinary care for retired animals.

This year’s NDAA seeks to build upon the 2012 law to improve life after service for military dogs. The U.S. House of Representatives’ Armed Services Committee included a provision in this year’s bill to require the military to bring home retired dogs serving overseas and to ease the adoption process for handlers who choose to adopt. These changes will strengthen the bond between dog and handler and ensure that these canine heroes can begin their new lives in loving, secure environments.


Please bring Military Working Dogs Home...they are Soldiers, NOT Equipment.

Update #12 years ago
YOU DID IT!!!

Both the House and the Senate have included and passed language in their defense authorization bills to bring military working dogs home for retirement, and make sure their previous handlers are notified when they are able to be adopted!!

While one step remains (the President's signature) there are no indications that will be a problem at all. Thanks for all your help!
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