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Retired Air Force Dogs Need New Homes

When military dogs retire, most of them continue living with their handlers. However, about 10% of them end up without homes and need to be adopted into loving homes.


“While the trainee puppies who don’t make the cut for active duty are readily adopted, the older K9s yearn for a home but keep getting overlooked,” PawBuzz wrote on September 12. Unfortunately, this is often the case for many dogs in shelters – puppies are many times chosen over older dogs.


The San Antonio Lackland Air Force Base is asking families in the central Texas area to consider adopting one of these retired K9 military dogs. “These hardworking K9s have dedicated their lives to the safety of the nation and its people. They will be assets to their new family in every aspect.”


Most of the retired military dogs at Lackland are between 10 and 12 years old and have passed a series of behavioral tests to make sure they are ready to be adopted into a new family. “Common breeds of military dogs include German shepherds, Labrador retrievers and Belgian malinois—all loyal, energetic and intelligent.” There are as many as 200 dogs on the Lackland waitlist at any given time, just waiting for their new home.


If you are interested in adopting a retired military dog, contact the Lackland officers at mwd.adoptions@us.af.mil or call 210-671-6766. Visit Lackland Air Force Base’s website for more info. If you don’t live in the central Texas area, research military bases near you – they probably have retired dogs waiting to be adopted as well!


If you are not looking to adopt right now, but would like to help out these sweet retired soldiers, help spread the word! Share this post with your friends, family, and on your social media accounts!  Let’s help find these good boys and girls homes.



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