Demand For Adopting Retired Military Canines Surges After Hero Dog Helps Take Down ISIS Leader

More people are looking to adopt American military dogs after the news spread that a dog played a big role in the special forces operation to take out ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The President of The United States even tweeted a photo of Conan, a Belgian Malinois dog, which resulted in even more applications to adopt military dogs, according to the U.S. War Dogs Association.

“The military dogs are really getting a lot of recognition right now, which they should,” President of U.S. War Dogs Association Ron Aiello told Yahoo Finance. “Back when we had taken out Bin Laden, everyone wanted to adopt a Belgian Malinois [dog] and the same thing is happening now.”

Aiello was a dog handler for the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and launched his organization to help heal retired military dogs and find them forever homes. Sadly, military war dogs would sometimes be euthanized.

A brave dog like Conan can cost the U.S. around $50,000 to procure, train, and ship to the field.

Back in 2011, Aiello says he’s received more than a couple of dozen calls and emails after a Belgian Malinois military dog helped a SEAL operation take out Osama Bin Laden.

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