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Loving Homes Needed for TSA Bomb-Sniffing Dogs

Image Courtesy of AP Images

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These days, everybody wants to adopt a dog, so why not get one that gave his or her all to protect our national security?

According to a press release from the Transportation Safety Administration put out on Nov. 2, 2015:

The Transportation Security Administration is looking for a few good homes for its explosives detection dogs who didn’t make it through the training program or have retired from the explosives detection business. There is no cost to adopt a TSA canine.

The dogs typically range in age from two to 10 years and the breeds usually include German Short-Haired Pointers, Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois. The dogs available for adoption were procured to serve as working dogs, and their breeds were selected for their elevated level of “drive,” and thus are very active. Some are well trained, others are not. Canines which were eliminated from the program typically have received some explosives detection training. Most of TSA’s dogs have lived in kennels, not houses, and thus are not familiar with living in a home environment. All are spayed or neutered prior to adoption.

If you’re up to the challenge, you must apply, be approved, and then drive to San Antonio, Texas, to pick up your pooch. The first step is to send an email to the TSA Adoption Coordinator at [email protected].

Good luck!

Here’s an ABC News video about the process:


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