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How to Adopt Retired Police Dogs
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  How to Adopt Retired Police Dogs  

Many dogs retire from the police academy and military every year. Few get adopted out after they complete their service. Most retired police dogs tend to be older, and are at least eight years of age. Some dogs retire early when they do not complete training and may still be puppies. If a retired police working dog fits your lifestyle, you can adopt one after doing some research and preparation.

Contact the local police station in your area to find out if they have police dogs for adoption. If not, they should be able to tell you where the closest facility is located that does.

  • To be approved to adopt a police dog, you must meet certain requirements. There can be no one under the age of eight living in the home and you cannot have a cat. You must have a fenced-in area with adequate space and the fence must be at least six feet tall. Having experience working with special needs dogs may be required.

  • You'll need to give your permission for your veterinarian to release records containing information about previous pets that you've cared for or that you have in your care now. This will be used to determine how responsible you are when it comes to caring for your pets. The adoption agency may also talk to neighbors to help determine if you have cared for pets responsibly in the past.

    You must agree to an inspection of the property to ensure the fencing and housing facilities are adequate to offer the proper care for the police dog. If the inspector finds anything that will not pass, he will point this out and give you time to correct the problem. He will then return for re-inspection to make sure it has been taken care of.

    When you are approved to adopt a police dog, you will be contacted to fill out the remaining paperwork and finalize the adoption procedure.

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