Month: September 2014

The Ruff Truth

Did you know that out of 2500 military working dogs globally, only 400 are adopted into homes?

enhanced-31643-1406729337-7Please reconsider the culling of service animals for all they have given up for us. Keep updated on our campaign our Facebook and Twitter pages.

“What a wonderful world it would be if people had hearts like dogs”- Unknown

G.C

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Pet Hack: Adopting a Retired Service Dog

140811_MWDRyky2_QuinnHelp these former service animals and give them the best career change they could ever ask for. Here are some tips and tricks to consider before adopting an ex-service K9.

1. Discuss
Are you ready for this big decision and have a suitable environment for your new canine pet to live in (i.e. Mature household with no small children). Getting a new pet is exciting but please consider the responsibilities that come with being a pet owner.

2. Research
Once you feel like you are ready to dive into the deep end make sure that you are also filling yourself in with necessary information from different organisations. Here is the RAAF MWD page and information into adoption processes.

3. Application
Make sure everything is filled in correctly and you should be hearing back after a review

4. Love your new best mate! 
Go out and bond with your new canine best friend and make sure you make these memories last

 

G.C

Fate of MWD’s in Australia

After all the years you have dedicated to serving your country and risking your life, you are cast away and destroyed like nothing has ever happened.

This was the fate for Military Working Dogs in the Royal Australian Air Force up until last October, 2013. It was until then that the RAAF Amberley base considered the retirement for service dogs.The shocking fact is that prior to this animals had been put down after their long years of service to the army as they were deemed too vicious and dangerous for everyday life.

The assessment involved in this program has allowed the 8-year-old German Shepard, Turk, to live a normal life again. These dogs will be subjected to environments where they will be tested on stress and their actions in the public. The RSPCA is also involved in this program to determine the military working dog’s engagement with other dogs around them.

Yes, military dogs have been subjected to a lot of stress and anxiety from their service over the years. And yes, some dogs may have the tendency to be psychologically strained. But it certainly does not give you a right to take away a precious life that should have the mutual respect his comrades have been given.

G.C

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The brave and mighty , Turk