Cairo, the war dog that helped to take down Osama Bin Laden, is raising interest in war dog adoptions across the U.S.
The Independent reports, “About 300 retired military dogs are put up for adoption each year. The Military Working Dog Adoptions organization say they have received 300 inquiries in the past two weeks alone.”
Stuff.co.nz adds, “In past generations, most military dogs were euthanized once their tours of duty were done.”
Gerry Proctor, a spokesman for Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, where the military’s dog adoption program is based, told stuff.co.nz that they no longer euthanized retired military dogs.
“All the animals find a home,” Proctor said. “There’s a six-month waiting list right now for people wanting to adopt. And (the applications) have gone up substantially since the raid.”
According to the Huffington Post, military dogs are still officially considered “equipment,” and retired dogs are classified as “excess” or “surplus equipment.”
A drawback that prevents many prospective pet parents from adopting a military dog is the fact that they often have to pay $1,000 to $2,000, just to bring the pooches back to the U.S. on commercial flights. Pet parents have to foot the bill because retired dogs can’t be placed in a crate on a military cargo flight because they no longer belong to the military.
But for those who can afford it, such as Madeleine Pickens, wife of billionaire T. Boone Pickens, who adopted a retired war dog named Chyba last year, it’s well worth it.
Pickens describes Chyba as a “sweet, relaxed dog who is happiest stretched out in the shade of a tree.”
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