You Can Adopt a Dog That’s Been Rejected by the TSA

TSA bomb sniffing dogs that have retired — and those who wash out of the program — can be adopted for free.

I’m not even sure how a bomb sniffing dog can be judged a failure, since several studies suggest that whether or not a dog ‘alarms’ is something that’s really just interpretation on the part of their handler, with the ‘science’ of a dog finding a given item they’re trained to sniff for more a ruse that allows officers to search what they wish.

Via Road Warrior Voices:

Since the program was launched in 2011, it’s placed more than 100 canines in new homes or transferred them to other law enforcement agencies, according to Anderson. While the dogs’ handlers often end up being the ones to adopt them, it is open to anyone who fits the bill. And while the adoption program is “not competitive,” says Anderson, the process is involved. There have been more than 500 applications since the program’s inception. It’s all about finding out whether the person or family is a good fit, and then matchmaking which dog is best for them.

After an extensive pat down, a dog like this could be yours:

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  1. I am interested in adopting one of the canines. I love animals and would love to give one a forever home.

  2. I am looking to adopt on of your service dogs. I own my own home, have very good vetranary references. I am also retired and have plenty of time to a limit the dog to a non service lifestyle. Pleas feel free to contact me at any time. You can reach me at the above email.

  3. Hello,
    I was in contact with a gentleman from Lackland AFB last year on getting on the list for adopting a malinois/GS who didn’t make the cut. I am currently deployed at CAMP RS in Afghanistan and upon redeploying would still like to adopt. I can’t find the gentleman’s name as I am unable to access my home agency email due to a PIV issue with my CAC. I was hoping to check and find out where my request is in the process. I was approved and just waiting for availability. My current email Thanks Jim Rooney

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