This website has been established for the purpose of making the Retiring Military Working Dog adoption process easier for those interested in giving a Forever Home to a deserving Veteran!
If you carefully follow the "The ABC's of MWD Adoption" --with a little perseverance-- you soon will be embracing your very own MWD !!!
Military Working Dog Adoptions
As a result of the passage of
Military Working Dog! These
wonderful animals can now
have a well-deserved retirement
with a loving family. Check out
how you can add a most deserving
Veteran to your family!
This is NOT an official Department of Defense Military Working Dog Adoption site. It is based upon knowledge gained from personal MWD adoption experience.
In Retirement, Our Noble MWDs Merit the Same Quality of Love They Receive
During Their Years of Honorable Military Service...Truly They Are Loved !!!
Military Working Dog Adoptions is a private non profit organization with 501(c)3 status. Our EIN is 45-3667882. Although there is NO CHARGE for the actual adoption of a Retiring MWD, issues arise such as a retired MWD needing domestic or international transport or an adopter needing help with a MWD's medical situation or even the purchase of medicines in certain circumstances.
'The MWD is a soldier, a partner, our defender, our friend. We are his life, his love, his leader. He will be ours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. We owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.'
Highly Trained Military Dogs Meet Civilian Life After Service 'War Dogs' Switch From Bomb Sniffing to Playing Fetch
Oct. 21, 2008 By Terry McCarthy
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These are the eyes of TRUST and LOVE which defend America...
HOW can we DO LESS than HELP our retiring MWDs find Forever Homes??
How can it be "FRAUD, WASTE and ABUSE" to transport OUR retired MWDs back to the USA??? IF you believe that retiring MWDs are K-9 Veterans as we do, WRITE, EMAIL and/or PHONE your Congressman or Representative and COPY and PASTE the proposed amendment BELOW...ASK THEM TO AMEND HR 5314!!! Be DIRECT but KIND and RESPECTFUL in all your communications.
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO TO REALLY HELP??
”I just wanted you to hear this from someone who's right in the thick of everything with these MWDs about just how much these dogs are loved while they're working. They really do get royal treatment that most people don't have the opportunity to see. The handlers love them and so do the vet staff. Yes, they are kept in kennels. No, they don't get to go home with someone every night….but while they are a military asset, they really aren't treated like property. I've seen big strong military policemen reduced to tears when their dog was too hurt to be able to go on... I've seen an entire room full of policeman and veterinary staff tearing up like children because of it…
These dogs are the center of attention while they are MWD's, and they are the number one reason that veterinarians exist in the military. It's the part of my job that I take the most pride in.”
Animal Care SGT, U.S. Army
Many Soldiers have their TODAYS and TOMORROWS...
because of what an MWD DID for them YESTERDAY !!
This page was last updated: September 27, 2012
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HERE'S THE ONE REMAINING ISSUE WE MUST INSIST THAT
CONGRESS CHANGE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE !!!!
WRITE your CONGRESSMEN AND REPRESENTATIVES and ASK THEM TO AMEND HR 5314 to MAKE IT MANDATORY for all adopted OCONUS (OVERSEAS) MWDs to receive transport back to the U.S. via military air. Retired MWDs have no “return to home station” benefits even though for the time of their service we proclaim them as bonafide “military members”. As it now stands, retired OCONUS (OVERSEAS) MWDs must be transported at adoptive owner’s expense as a “pet”! In an August 28, 2009, article, Air Force Major General Mary Kay Hertog clarified why adopters must bear the brunt of transport for adopted dogs returning from overseas. "Once that dog is adopted, it becomes a pet, and therefore loses its MWD status," she explained. "So it would be fraud, waste and abuse for the DOD to transport that pet."
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Although we are always happy to talk about our Hero MWDs...BEFORE CALLING for more information... PLEASE FIRST READ THIS PAGE (Click Here --->)
this page is a Step-by-Step Guide to locating and adopting a retiring MWD. If , AFTER READING THIS PAGE IN ITS ENTIRETY, you should have further questions about MWD Adoptions,
ONLY THEN please call: 505-990-8147
MWD Adoptions also GLADLY REHOMES any MWD needing a new Forever Home, and many times we find ourselves driving cross-country to retrieve or rehome one of our Retired Heroes. Your donations will fund our efforts to help Retiring Military Working Dogs to find Forever Homes! On behalf of our MWD Heroes...
MWD Transport, Reclassification and Recognition Amendment to HR 5314
RETIRING MWD TRANSPORT
1. Provide for authorized DoD Transport of retiring MWDs stationed at permanent OCONUS (overseas) bases who are ADOPTION SUITABLE or ALREADY ADOPTED back to CONUS (continental United States) via military transport.
A. If the MWD is ALREADY adopted, the dog will be transported to whatever CONUS base the Mil Air plane lands, whereupon the adopter is responsible for paying the MWD's domestic transport to a Forever Home. Support may be required from that base's MWD Facility to place the dog (still a military asset because he has not been relinquished to his adopter) on a commercial flight to the dog's end destination. An overnight stay at the MWD Facility should be an option.
B. If the MWD is ADOPTION SUITABLE but is NOT adopted, the dog should be integrated into the already existing MWD Adoption Program at the 341st MWD Training Squadron. The chance of finding a suitable adoption situation will be increased by having the MWD transported Stateside. The MWD's Owning OCONUS Unit SHOULD NOT be required to pay for Lackland transport of any as yet unadopted ADOPTION SUITABLE MWD.*
(*Current standard is that if a unit wishes to get a retiring MWD to Lackland AFB, the UNIT MUST PAY FOR THE TRANSPORT. This should not be the case with our RETIRING adoption-suitable MWDs returned to the 341st Training Squadron MWD Adoption Program.)
ACTIVE DUTY/RETIRING MWD RECLASSIFICATION
2. Grant an OFFICIAL reclassification of current active duty MWD from "Equipment" to "MWD Troop/Soldier". This change is necessary in order to undergird the reclassification of a RETIRING MWD from the current "Excess Equipment" to "MWD Veteran" or "Military K9 Veteran".
ACTIVE DUTY MWD RECOGNITION
3. Mandate the creation and establishment of a DoD recognized Commendation and Medal for Meritorious MWD Service for Active Duty MWDs.*
(* For the last five years, the efforts and all official requests of the US War Dog Association have been rebuffed by the Department of Defense with absolute refusal to even consider the creation of any DoD recognized commendation for MWDs. Experts estimate that the average MWD saves 150 soldier lives during his tenure of service. This is a LAUDABLE FEAT which should be recognized in an OFFICIAL CAPACITY.)
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