The TSA is looking for a few good homes for their canine colleagues.
According to a press release, the Transportation Security Administration is trying to adopt out (free of charge) explosives detection dogs who didn’t make it through the training program or have retired from the explosives detection business.
The dogs, who currently reside in San Antonio, Texas, typically range in age from two to 10 years and breeds include German short-haired pointers, Labrador retrievers, German shepherds and Belgian Malinois. Applicants must meet the requirements and then photos and information on the dogs will be provided via email, the release said.
Many of the dogs require basic training since they haven’t lived in homes. “The dogs available for adoption were procured to serve as working dogs, and their breeds were selected for their elevated level of ‘drive,’ and thus are very active,” said the TSA. “Most of TSA’s dogs have lived in kennels, not houses, and thus are not familiar with living in a home environment.”
Adoptive families who undergo the application process will have to travel to Texas to pick up a new pooch (all are spayed and neutered prior to adoption).
The adoption process could be lengthy, an adoption coordinator will assist in identifying a dog that best suits each home and all applicants will need to provide a signed and notarized indemnity letter, travel to San Antonio to meet the canine and travel home with the dog at the owner’s expense, the TSA said. To submit an adoption application email: AdoptaTSAcanine@OLE.tsa.dhs.gov.