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Military Dogs should be Adopted, not Abandoned

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Originally Posted: May 16, 2012

Military Dogs should be Adopted, not Abandoned



Tell your U.S. Senators to SUPPORT and CO-SPONSOR Senate Bill 2134 - Canine Members of the ARmed Forces Act. The House of Representatives is moving forward with this provision, and now we need the Senate to act as well. This bill recognizes the contributions of our nation's military working dogs and ensures that the responsibility for their care continues after their years of service.

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Each branch of the Armed Forces uses military working dogs (MWDs) in service to the country. Many of these intelligent, loyal animals serve alongside our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, where they have prevented countless injuries and saved lives.

Unfortunately, these heroic dogs are currently classified as “equipment” by the U.S. Department of Defense. This classification not only trivializes these animals’ contributions, it also makes it difficult to transport dogs serving in foreign lands back to the United States for adoption once they’re ready for civilian life.

The Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act will remedy this issue by reclassifying MWDs as “canine members of the armed forces” and instituting programs to assist with their placement and veterinary care after retirement from service—all without using federal funds. This legislation seems like a no-brainer, and yet the bill has only seven cosponsors in the Senate.  

Thank you for everything you do for animals!