Some dogs know how to sit, roll over, or fetch. But the TSA's adorable—and adoptable—canines have a more unusual skill set: they can sniff out bombs.
According to writer Jen Chung at Gothamist, the Transportation Security Administration is seeking permanent homes for explosives detection dogs that have aged out of the job or didn’t finish the training program. The pups typically range in age from two to 10 years, and they’re already spayed and neutered. They also represent an impressive assortment of breeds, including German Short-Haired Pointers, Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, and Belgian Malinois.
While there is no adoption fee, the dogs are all currently located in San Antonio, Texas, and you’ll have to pick the pooch up yourself. While some of the dogs are well trained, others are not. Also, they’ve spent their lives in kennels, meaning they’re not used to living in a household setting. In short, you may have to invest a lot of time and energy into conditioning your new pet—even if he or she is able to hunt down explosives on command.
Still interested in providing a former TSA canine with a forever home? You’ll have to submit an application, and if you meet their requirements, you’ll be provided with pictures and information about available dogs via email. Once an adoption coordinator matches you with a pooch that suits your lifestyle, you’ll have to provide a signed and notarized indemnity letter and pay all travel expenses to bring your new pet home with you. For more information, email the TSA Adoption Coordinator at: AdoptaTSAcanine@OLE.tsa.dhs.gov.