People are extremely happy that our War Dogs can now be adopted by their handler's and the public. But it didn't always used to be with way. If you are new to the history of War Dogs, here is some history you may want to know.
Even though military dogs are credited with saving 10,000 lives in
the Vietnam war, they were left in Vietnam at the end of the war.
Considered equipment, no plans or provisions allowed for their return to
the United States or retirement after their dangerous service to our
That all changed when Congress passed Robby’s Law in 2000.
Robby’s handler had made every effort to adopt his companion, but he
was euthanized anyway. Although the law didn’t save Robby, the law
allows for the adoption of retiring military dogs. Officially they are
considered obsolete equipment. Today none of the adoptable dogs are
euthanized. In fact, there is a waiting list of people wanting to give
them retirement homes. A dog is offered first to discharged former
handlers, then to law enforcement and finally to qualified families who apply.
Understandably the screening process is quite
stringent. It’s important that the people want the dogs for the right
reasons. And they have the experience to handle a highly trained animal.
Some Military Working Dogs do not make warm fuzzy pets and may suffer
from PTSD just as humans. The complex application
process is crafted to find the most qualified adopters for these
soldiers. People must have the skills and abilities to handle the dogs,
as well financial resources. These are older dogs who have been in
battle zones, and many have health issues. Check out some FAQ's