The Government Is Looking For People To Adopt Rejected Or Retired TSA Dogs

Are you looking to adopt a dog but don’t know where to start? The Transportation Security Administration in Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas is looking for people to adopt the TSA dogs that did not meet the TSA Canine Training Center criteria for government work.

Most of the dogs are not trained well, are extremely active, and not housebroken. But don’t let this be a reason not to adopt one of these adorable dogs!

TSA said, “With proper training and care, they can be a great addition to families. On occasion, there are dogs that have been retired from government service who need homes as well.”

Home Requirements

– You must have a fenced-in yard at the time of applying.
– There should be no intentions of moving within six months of adopting a dog.
– Homes must abide by all local pet ordinances.
– You must agree to provide the dog with appropriate medical care, exercise, training, and companionship.
– All existing pets in the home must have current vaccinations and preventive care.
– The age of children in the home will be taken into consideration when selecting a dog.


Approved applicants must travel to Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas where the dogs are located. The dog cannot be shipped to you and you may need to make multiple visits. There are no same day adoptions.

Application Process

1. Applying: Only completed applications that meet the minimum requirements will be considered. If you meet the requirements listed above, please complete the reality checklist and submit the checklist to receive an application. Once we have an application on file and you meet the minimum requirements, you will be notified of available dogs or placed on the waitlist.

2. Meeting the dogs: Approved applicants will be emailed photos and profiles of the dogs available for adoption. You will be given an opportunity to schedule an appointment to travel to the facility in San Antonio, Texas, to meet the dog(s). Please note we cannot hold a dog for an extended period.
We will check references and ask to interview individuals living in the home, your veterinarian and for photos of your home and/or yard.

3. Selecting the right dog: It is important that we match each dog with the best-suited family. To do this, you may need to make multiple visits to our facility before a final match is made.

4. Finalizing the adoption: Processing the adoption may take a few days or weeks depending on the dog’s status. Once a pick-up date is set, you must bring a leash, collar and appropriate-sized dog shipping crate to the training center. To complete the adoption, you will be required to sign and notarize a “Covenant Not to Sue with Indemnity” agreement and complete a microchip registration prior to pick-up. You will be provided a copy of the dog’s medical records for the past six months, one month’s supply of flea and heartworm preventive, three-days-worth of dog food and copies of the adoption forms.

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