The Transportation Security Administration is looking for good homes for puppies that couldn’t master explosive training skills and for dogs who have retired from the business of seeking out bombs.
The puppies are normal and healthy. It’s just that dogs have their own personalities and some lack focus to be trained in certain skills. Some would rather smell flowers or play games than sniff out bombs.
The dogs range in age from two to ten years. Breeds include Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois although currently Labrador Retrievers are the only breed available. Most are purebred but are not registered with the AKC.
The dogs were bred to be working dogs with a high level of drive. In other words they are very active dogs and need to be with active owners who offer them stimulation. Couch potatoes should not apply.
Some of the dogs have lived in foster homes but most have lived only in kennels. They will need special training since they are not house broken and are not familiar with living with a family in a home environment. All are spayed or neutered before adoption.
The TSA began offering the dogs last November and it is an on-going program.
People interested in adoption must submit an application on-line similar to one from any shelter or rescue. Those who meet the requirements will work with an adoption coordinator by email to identify the dog that best fits each home. Photos and information will be exchanged.
There is no cost to adopt a TSA dog, but the dogs are located in San Antonio, Texas and adoptive families whose application is approved will have to travel there at their own expense to pick up the dog.
More information on the TSA website