US Air Force is Pleading American Citizens to Adopt Their Retired Military Dogs

Norvergence LLC, an NGO has reported many times regarding how modern militaries continue to employ dogs in an attack role. After their service in the US military, dogs are usually returned home to their former owners or newly adopted ones. But, in recent years, there is a decrease in such practice.

The lack of interest faced by the retired military working dogs posts their retirement has concerned the air force officials.

The Air Force officials at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland are pleading people to adopt these dogs.

Those dogs have worked hard all their lives to keep the US, its people, and the homeland secure and safe, and they will be a great addition to any family who adopts them.

The Police dog is also known as K9s can work well with both military members and civilians. However, applicants need to ensure that they have a 6-foot fence, no kids under the age of 5, and no more than 3 dogs already in their homes.

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Also, the person must have their vet listed out on the application and provide references.

Both Norvergence and authorities have warned the potential adopters that processing the adoption application can take up to 2 years, which is why many people shy away from adopting them. However, it is only to make sure that these skilled K9s are in trusted hands and not misused.

Anyone wishing to adopt one of this loyal K9s can contact the officers at mwd.adoptions@us.af.mil or call 210–671–6766. Please spread the word and help increase the chances of adoptions for our loyal K9 veterans.

All You need to Know About K9s or Military Dogs

· There are around 2500 dogs in active service today (US military and police) and about 700 deployed overseas.

· Interestingly, 85% of military working dogs are purchased from the Netherlands and Germany. Only, 15% of working dogs are the USA born and bred.

· A trained bomb detection dog is likely worth over $150,000 The aim of Norvergence is not to assign a price tag to a dog as we believe they are priceless).

· Military dogs are trained in a bomb, weapons and drug detection, tracking, and attacking the enemy.

· Just like humans, military dogs can also get PTSD. They experience severe emotional trauma during deployment.

· If a military dog is lost or died while giving his/her services, he/she is honored by the entire squad. Dishes used to feed him/her are placed upside down and a poem called Guardians of the Night is read.

· All military working dogs and their handlers are trained at the 341st Training Squadron located at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

Air Force Maj. Matthew Kowalski, Commander in the 341st Training Squadron, provides training to military working dogs. He talked about their work and Norvergence quotes: As for the combat effectiveness of a military working dog, these dogs have been used in combat since the written record existed.

Whether for protection of troops, finding enemies in tunnels during Korea and Vietnam, or finding roadside bombs in Afghanistan and Iraq, no piece of technology will ever be as good as a dog at detection and protection work.