Why Adopt A Retired Working Dog?

Although these dogs did not raise their hand and volunteer for the job they are in, they are Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, Sailors, and Coast Guardsmen and deserve to be treated as such both while service and once their service has ended. It used to be common practice to euthanize military working dogs when their service was over.

MWD Robbie W005 was coming up on retirement due to arthritis and elbow dysplasia. His handler pleaded with leadership to be able to adopt him but his request was denied, and Robbie was euthanized anyway.

Instead of giving up entirely, he pushed for the adoption of future MWDs and in 2000 President Bill Clinton signed Robby’s Law (H.R.5314). Although the passing of this law was too late to help Robbie, it paved the way for the adoption of future retiring MWDs.

Adoption Process

There is no adoption fee for retired MWD’s. Although the upfront cost is free (minus any travel expenses), the cost with owning any animal, let alone a (usually) older dog with possible medical or behavioral concerns, can be high. But that is why we are here to help!

If you are interested in adopting a retired MWD it is best to go to the 37th Training Wing website for more info.

The DDoc Foundation Adoptions

To Adopt a dog through The DDoc Foundation please fill out the form below.

Please note that we do not have a scheduled intake or rescue process and the majority of the dogs we take in are on an emergency basis. Because of this we cannot guarantee a dog will be available when you apply, but you can be added to our waiting list to adopt.

The majority of the dogs we receive are retired law enforcement K-9’s and not Military or Contract dogs.