What Happens After Dogs Come Home From War and Can No Longer Serve?

After reading about Gina, the German Shepard featured in Tuesday’s post, we researched to find the answer to the burning question: What if I wanted to adopt Gina or other dogs no longer suitable for duty?

We found The Military Working Dog Foundation, a qualified 501c3 charity, whose primary mission is to assist the Department of Defense Military Working Dog Center in finding suitable homes for dogs that can no longer perform their military duties.

Some of these dogs are suited for local law enforcement and some are suited for private adoption.

They also aid with the adoption of rescued dogs, epecially German Shepherds and the aid organizations that provide training and procurement of Service Dogs for persons with disabilites. When able, the provide protective gear and they provide comfort supplies i.e. treats, special gear and hygiene kits to military working dogs and their handlers that are serving in foreign countries.

Their site stated the following:

A special thank you the few special people that do make donations. We are a very small nonprofit, have only several volunteers that do not get compensation and we receive most of our Internet-related costs gratis, we have been very frugal with the donations we receive. We are getting close to our goal to procure a retired military working dog with a specialty of explosives detection or SAR capabilities and provide him/her to an appropriate local law enforcement agency. If this K-9 cannot be obtained via the DoD procurement system, it is our objective to assist the chosen local LE agency with a K-9 from a respected breeder. It’s an ambitious goal for our tiny 501c3, along with keeping one of our main missions, communication with the public and LE agencies ongoing, but it is something that is due in our mission.

Please remember, the Military Working Dog Foundation is not a government agency, but rather a 501c3 non-profit. We have no funding or say whatsoever in what police department or other law enforcement agency receives a dog for patrol/detection duties, nor do we have any say whatsoever in who receives a dog via the U.S. Military’s adoption program.

We are extremely backlogged with email, but now that we have a new website and new capable server, we’ll be better able to respond to those of you who have contacted us in the past. We thank you for your understanding. For those of you that have made donations, we greatly appreciate your generosity.  The Military Working Dog Foundation is an IRS 501(c)3 for public benefit Non-Profit organization. Thank you for your support.

For more information about this organization and where to donate, click here.

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