Give Military Dogs a Peaceful Retirement

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Target: Chuck Hagel, Secretary of Defense for the Unites States Department of Defense

Goal: Urge that all military dogs retire on U.S. soil and are reunited with former handlers

A recent movement, in attempts to ensure that all military dogs set for retirement will reside on U.S. soil and be put in the care of former handlers, has been proposed to the United States Department of Defense. If this movement were to pass, military dogs set for retirement will be safely transported out of their war zones and back into the U.S. This will, of course, guarantee the dogs’ safety, as well as ensure that the dogs have a peaceful retirement, likely with humans with whom they are familiar.

As of now, military dogs are not guaranteed an American retirement. A military dog serving oversees may be left in that area of the world, sometimes adopted by a family there. Transporting a retired military dog back to America is often costly, as well as a demand on resources, so the military may not want to accommodate this service.

If this mandate were to pass, all retired military dogs will be transported back to the United States, no matter the cost, and likely into the home of a former handler. This movement is honorable and compassionate. Retired military dogs deserve to be comfortable in their country, in familiar homes with familiar people. Be the voice for retired military dogs by urging the Department of Defense to allow this movement to become commonplace within the military.


Dear Secretary Chuck Hagal,

The United States Military is not required to ensure that retired military dogs be transported back to U.S. soil, into the homes of familiar past handlers. Military dogs that have served their entire lives may not be granted a comfortable retirement; this is simply not fair. There is a new proposed mandate that, if passed, would guarantee a comfortable, familiar home on U.S. soil for all retired military dogs. I am writing in hopes that you will consider adopting this mandate, holding it as common practice within the military.

Often times military dogs are left in the country where they served, living out their lives with adoptive families or permanent military personnel. However, just as many retired American military humans enjoy the remainder of their lives well taken care of on U.S. soil, in a familiar environment, so should retired military canines. Military dogs deserve grand treatment, sparing no accommodation upon retirement. These animals dedicated their energy, time and loyalty to the military. Please see that the remainders of their lives are spent in their country, in familiar homes.


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Photo credit:  Staff Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall via Wikipedia

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  1. paula eaton says:

    The dogs are soldiers who served our country and protected the human soldiers. The military sent them to war and it is the militaries responsibility to bring them home.

  2. Absurd and heartbreaking to abandon these faithful, hard working dogs who sacrifice their lives for their soldiers and for us. We can definitely afford this expense!!!

  3. All animals that serve their country should be respected and bright home , not dumped or worse

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