First, the adoption process is guided by DOD policy. So, there are guidelines the Army must follow. Tactical Explosive Detection Dog's (TEDD) are assigned to units requesting that specific capability. Units identify handlers. Once we began to drawdown the TEDD program we sent a notification to military working dog program managers at appropriate Army commands. The notification said that former handlers may have the opportunity to adopt these dogs if: 1) They were not selected for continued Army service; and 2) There was not an additional law enforcement agency that required these capabilities. We asked former handlers to submit adoption packets. If the dog that was assigned to them was selected for continued service, then we kept the packet for future review once the dog was eligible for adoption. Once an application packet was reviewed and processed, the individual approved for the adoption was given the opportunity to personally retrieve the dog.
Our first priority is the care and well being of the dog. The Army has taken proactive measures to ensure former handlers are aware of the adoption process. We have conducted reviews of the adoption process to ensure we remain compliant with DOD guidance. We endeavor to manage this process as efficiently and effectively as possible, while remaining compliant with existing regulations.