Adopt-a-Pet.com Encourages Department of Homeland Security to Consider Recruiting Shelter Dogs for Sniffer Duty, Offers Help

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North America’s largest non-profit pet-adoption web service, Adopt-a-Pet.com, expressed hope today that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security would include qualified shelter dogs in its plan to add 3,000 new sniffer canines to its ranks, and offered to head up a nationwide search on behalf of the Department.

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“There are thousands of wonderful, energetic, and highly-trainable dogs in U.S. animal shelters who would be perfect for the Department of Homeland Security’s current needs."

North America’s largest non-profit pet-adoption web service, Adopt-a-Pet.com, expressed hope today that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security would include qualified shelter dogs in its plan to add 3,000 new sniffer canines to its ranks, and offered to head up a nationwide search on behalf of the Department.

Commenting on the Los Angeles Times story, which outlines the Department’s plans to purchase 3,000 additional sniffer dogs at an average cost of $4,535 each, Adopt-a-Pet.com executive director Abbie Moore said, “There are thousands of wonderful, energetic, and highly-trainable dogs in U.S. animal shelters who would be perfect for the Department of Homeland Security’s current needs. In addition to saving 3,000 worthy lives, recruiting shelter dogs makes fiscal sense and stands to save taxpayers well over $1 million. I can’t think of a downside to adopting versus buying these dogs. It’s the humane and prudent thing to do.”

The Department of Homeland security has expressed a preference for Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers, German shepherd dogs, and Dutch shepherds. A search of the Adopt-a-Pet.com site alone reveals over 4,000 purebred adoptable dogs matching that criteria, and another 12,000 qualified mixed-breed shepherds and retrievers. Says Moore, “We at Adopt-a-Pet.com would be honored to assist the Department of Homeland Security in locating and screening potential canine candidates in animal shelters nationwide.”

About Adopt-a-Pet.com:
Adopt-a-Pet.com (formerly 1-800-Save-A-Pet.com) is North America’s largest non-profit pet adoption website, helping over 7,000 animal shelters, humane societies, SPCAs, pet rescue groups, and pet adoption agencies advertise their homeless pets to adopters for free. Adopt-a-Pet.com displays photos and descriptions of adoptable pets, to over 1.5 million people seeking to adopt a pet each month, and is funded by the passionate pet lovers at Purina and North Shore Animal League America. Aside from being able to find dogs for adoption and cats for adoption, Adopt-a-Pet.com visitors may now also adopt a rabbit, horse, bird, reptile, amphibian, fish, farm-type animals and other small pets.

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