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.
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: