Thank you for your interest in the DoD Military Working Dog Adoption Program.  Dogs available for adoption are ones that do not meet the DoD criteria for government work.  Generally, the younger dogs available for adoption to the public are those dogs that did not pass the rigorous training and certification process to become a Military Working Dog (MWD).  There is also a selection of older dogs available that have served in the field or were utilized in the training of new military dog handlers.  Some of the available dogs may have hip, back, or other medical issues that prevent them from working.  Additionally, dogs with medical issues may require prescription medications for the remainder of their lives.  The most common breeds we have for adoption include; German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois and the occasional Labrador Retriever or German Shorthaired Pointer.  

Applications are processed as they are received to determine suitability for adoption.  Every effort is made to pair applicants who meet all requirements with dogs that suit their home, family and lifestyle.


The DoD has the right to refuse any adoption at any point.  Dogs cannot be returned once adopted.

basic adoption requirements

  • Prospective adopters MUST have a fence at least six feet high surrounding, at a minimum, the backyard.
  • All persons living in the home MUST be at least 5 years of age or older.
  • Adopters must NOT already own more than three dogs. 
  • The potential adopter MUST identify a primary veterinarian and agree to provide the dog with appropriate medical care, exercise, training and companionship.
  • Adopters MUST be a United States citizen.
  • A leash, collar, muzzle and appropriate-sized dog crate at time of pick up for the dog.

 **The dogs are highly active and in most cases, will require a lot of attention, additional training and significant exercise.

application process

The 341st Military Working Dog Center will only consider applicants who meet the minimum requirements previously listed.  If you are interested in adopting one of the dogs, please email the adoptions coordinator at ; we will email you an application packet.

Meeting the dogs:  Approved applicants will be given an opportunity to schedule an appointment to travel to the kennel facility in San Antonio, Texas, to meet the available dog(s).  Please understand we cannot hold a dog for an extended period. 

Selecting the right dog:  It is important that we match each dog with the best suited family.  To do this, you may need to make multiple visits to our facility before a final match is made. 

Finalizing the adoption:  Processing the adoption may take several days or weeks depending on the dog’s position in the disposition process.  Approved applicants will have a time scheduled for them to travel to Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas where the dogs are located.  The dog cannot be shipped to you and you may need to make multiple visits.  There are no same-day adoptions.  Travel is at the adopter’s expense. Once a pick-up date is set, you must bring a leash, collar, muzzle and appropriate-sized dog crate to the training center.  To complete the adoption, you will be required to sign and notarize a “Covenant Not to Sue with Indemnity” agreement and complete a microchip registration prior to pick-up.  You will be provided a copy of the dog’s medical records for the past six months, one month’s supply of flea and heartworm preventive, three-days-worth of dog food and copies of the adoption forms.


law enforcement agencies

If you are a local, state, or federal Law Enforcement Agency interested in obtaining a free working dog from our program, please send an email to for additional information.  Some dogs purchased or bred by us may not have met DoD requirements but are still healthy and suitable for work in Law Enforcement. 

Applications & inquiries

Applications & inquiries

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