All dogs are individuals, yet current policies make it possible for most military housing regulations to prohibit family pets based solely on breed or appearance. Since our service personnel usually can’t choose where they are transferred, this leads to beloved pets being separated from families and surrendered to shelters.
Our brave service men and women deserve better. Housing policies for people serving their country should be fair and consistent. And that means setting breed-neutral standards that focus on an individual dog’s behavior rather than breed.
The U.S. House of Representatives will soon debate its version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and your voice can ensure the NDAA includes a breed-neutral dog policy for all branches of the military.
Discriminating against certain dogs based on breed or physical appearance is an outdated, ineffective approach to promoting public safety that undermines the very justification for these types of policies in the first place. Every peer-reviewed study on the subject has concluded that breed-specific and discriminatory policies are the wrong solution and fail to get the results we all want — safer communities for people and pets.
It’s time to end discrimination in all forms and we hope you’ll support this change in military housing policy to help keep pets with the people who love them. Please take a moment to send a message to your U.S. representative today.