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What happens to Military Working Dogs when they retire?

U.S. Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, conduct a patrol near Patrol Base Boldak in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Jan. 30, 2014. The patrol was conducted to disrupt enemy activity in the area. (Official Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Zachery B. Martin/ Released) What happens when an MWD retires? Military Working Dogs serve long, useful careers, working for the Department of Defense for at least 10-12 years.  Before 2000, when it came time to retire, most of the dogs were euthanized.  Fortunately with "Robby's Law" that was passed on November 6, 2000, retired military dogs can be adopted out.  Now hundreds of dogs are adopted out of Lackland Air Force base in Texas each year.  Some are retired because of age or health reasons, and others because they couldn't obtain or maintain their certifications.  The dogs must maintain a 95% rate of accuracy in order to be used in service. Handlers Adopt First Adoption dibs go first to the most recent handler.  Such a strong bond is created between the dog and ... Read more
Posted by Amy Juelich on May 22nd, 2014 :: Filed under: Blog,Military,Military Working Dogs,MWD Adoption,SOT