Adopt A Retired Police Or Military Dog

June 27, 2019

Dogs have developed a special relationship over thousands of years in working with humans.  From herding sheep to pointing out pheasants, working dogs serve our society well, especially in the military and law enforcement. These dogs receive a lot of appreciation while they're on the job, but as they enter retirement, they're often forgotten in animal shelters. Many retired dogs are abandoned in kennels—both in the U.S. and abroad—but for some, the situation is even more severe and some are euthanized en masse when they can no longer do their jobs. So Mission K9 Rescue is working to place these retired dogs with forever homes. The organization says many people simply don't know that many working dogs are not taken care of after their mission is complete and do not receive adequate care. They're bringing awareness of their plight to the public, and working to rescue, reunite, re-home, rehabilitate, and repair these dogs, both domestically and internationally, so they can live out the rest of their days in a safe and comfortable environment. After rescuing dogs from both the U.S. and overseas, Mission K9 Rescue matches them with new owners. If the dog has a past handler who is interested in adopting them permanently, reuniting the pair is a priority. For all other cases, the organization goes through a rigorous process to find dogs a brand-new home. Mission K9 also specializes in rehabilitating dogs who have suffered either mental trauma or physical injuries in their work. Just like humans, canines can develop PTSD from working in stressful, high-pressure situations. After they're rescued, animals are given as much time as they need to decompress and reintegrate into society before they're adopted. On top of the mental demands, being a working dog causes physical strain, and Mission K9 provides medical care to dogs with injuries and other issues. Anyone can apply to adopt a retired working dog from Mission K9 Rescue. If you're interested adopting one of these dogs, fill out an adoption application HERE.

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SOURCE: Mental Floss

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