We passed the Military Dog Act in 2015 but with mass shootings and attacks in the homeland, we need more K-9s, police dogs, and this Congressional contact info!
FREEDOM NOT DEATH FOR MILITARY DOGS
When TheDogPlace.org entered this legislative battle in 2014, retirement for most Military Working Dogs ended in death or “left for adoption in the country where their service ends.”
What were the odds of being adopted in war-torn third world countries? Zero. Thousands of our readers called their Representatives and wrote to Congress but we give a lot of credit to the Max movie. It opened eyes and hearts.
The Military Dog Retirement Act passed Congress in 2015 (see below) but our duty to K-9s, their handlers, and veterans is ongoing. Media sources speculate that we may need those dogs and their capable handlers if terror attacks continue to escalate.
Police Dogs could not have prevented the Las Vegas massacre or the Texas church shooting. It has been a violent 2017 and training of police and military dogs has been escalated with expectations that they may be even more vital to our homeland in 2018. If you are active duty or retired, let us hear from you.
And to that point, we remind readers that the United States Armed Forces is still engaged around the world. As North Korea continues to threaten South Korea (and the U.S. as far inland as the Rockies), we are thankful for our combat-trained military and police dogs. Let us hope military dogs never have to be used in Korea and pray that the threatened EMP (electro-magnetic-pulse) bomb never happens.
Surely we will never again have to plead for the lives of our canine heroes but bookmark or save to favorites this Current Congressional contact information.
TheDogPlace.org has supported Military Dogs (K-9s) since 2002. Our readers, over a million strong, were helpful in achieving passage of the Military Dog Retirement Act in the National Defense Authorization Bill giving first adoption priority to civilian Law Enforcement Agencies, then to prior military handlers, and finally to the general public.
"ADOPTION OF MILITARY WORKING DOGS.
ii S. 1498, Military Dog Retirement Act was introduced in the Senate June 3, 2015 “to support veterans and military dog handlers by ensuring that military working dogs come home to the United States after they have been relieved from their service in combat roles overseas.”
ii H.R. 2742, the Military Dog Retirement Act was introduced in the House on June 11, 2015 "to require that military working dogs be retired in the United States, and for other purposes ..."
Thanks to our Charter Members, the Huffington Post, US War Dogs.org, TheDogPress.com, Pets For Patriots, and other supporters, the Military Dog Retirement Act was signed by President Obama.
But that's not all we accomplished. By November 2015 the Military Dog Retirement Act required the Department of Defense to arrange and "pay for transportation of trained military dogs back to the United States" when their service abroad has been deemed no longer necessary, including because of injury.
Most military dogs can be adopted. While some dogs are aggression trained, most military dogs are used for sentry, tracking, and as MDD (Mine Detection Dogs).
Those "War Dogs" saved countless civilian lives in Afghanistan and Iraq, including children who would have tripped the still-intact mines while searching for souvenirs.
Many military dogs were adopted and put to work in police and sheriffs departments across the U.S. But as TheDogPress.com reported, incredibly many War Dogs Were Killed.
We also want to call your attention to the man who single-handedly brought K9 Veterans Day to reality. Joseph White was the Founder of the K-9 Veterans Day memorial holiday and TheDogPlace.org is honored to have been part of that in 2009. Joe was himself a hero. Before you go, please, sign the petition to make K-9 Veterans Day a National Holiday. We can make it happen in 2018!!!
When you've done that, hit your back button and explore the Military Dog coverage below. If you can help with K-9 Veterans Day, are a veteran with a story, or have personal experience with a military K-9 or assistance dog, EMAIL THE EDITOR!