YES! Congress Passes Legislation Protecting Military Dogs

Friday, December 21, 2012 - 4:45pm
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Need a little extra good cheer? Well, the U.S. Congress just passed legislation that will help protect military dogs. Included as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, the measure will help streamline the adoption process of retired military dogs and authorize a system of veterinary care at no expense to taxpayers. The Defense Authorization bill now moves to President Barack Obama for his signature.

“Military dogs are true heroes—they play a critical role in our nation’s defense,” says Nancy Perry, Senior Vice President of ASPCA Government Relations. “These amazing dogs have been loyal to us in extreme circumstances and deserve to be properly cared for and adopted into good homes after such unwavering service to their country. We thank Senator Blumenthal and Representative Jones for ensuring these heroic dogs’ health and well-being is properly cared for.”

This provision was included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) through the leadership of Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) in the U.S. Senate and Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) in the U.S. House of Representatives. Both legislators introduced similar legislation to assist military dogs, the Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act, earlier this year.

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Lynn Boston

Its about time these dogs are protected and not treated like trash after they have saved American lives.

meg hilkey

wow it is about time that these heros are given the respect and retirment they deserve.

Carol Vineberg

I am thrilled that these military dogs will be treated with the respect they deserve for their service to our soldiers! it's about time!

Carol Vineberg

I am thrilled that these military dogs will be treated with the respect they deserve for their service to our soldiers! it's about time!

Randal Miller

Well - This is great for our canine friends who have served as heroes. These dogs deserve our best for life. Guess the current Congress wanted to pass something worthwhile before going home for the holidays without carrying the guilt of self-serving jackasses.


About time! Military dogs are veterans just like any other soldiers who finish their active duty. They should be treated as such.

Carole Sutton

Wonderful news - I am astounded it has taken so long for the government to recognize the value of these animals.

Jeanie Phillips

There is a petition to bring this to the President's attention at


Does this legislation include funding to transport deployed military canines back to the US?


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