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Thousands of service members live on military bases across the world. Sadly, not all of their family is welcome on base with them, namely their dogs.

When military housing was privatized in 1996, the six companies that took responsibility for the bases — known as the Residential Communities Initiative consortium (RCI) — sought to create common policies across all bases. One such policy includes the banning of specific breeds of dog — breeds the RCI has deemed "dangerous,"including, but not limited to: Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, and Chow Chows.

Sometimes, despite their actual DNA, dogs are only given the eyeball test, and initially banned based solely upon their looks. This forces dogs to undergo a DNA test to prove they don’t fall under the restriction. But, under this policy, even a 1% positive result will end in a ban, despite the lack of evidence showing the correlation between dog breed and dog bite.

This is ridiculous. Dogs are more than just a breed. They're more than therapeutic to service members performing some of the most demanding jobs in the world — they're family. And, because military family after military family continue to be separated by this policy, the time to act is now.

Sign the petition below and urge the RCI to do away with their breed-specific legislation.

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To the Residential Communities Initiative,

We are writing to express our intense concern about your policy of breaking up military families through poorly designed and managed breed restrictions implemented on military bases across the globe.

Animals are one of the best ways for people to deal with stress and isolation, and they have an immeasurable positive effect on the mental health of families. This is especially important for families living on military bases who face untold stress. Forcing them to choose between their careers and their family is not only cruel, but a horrific burden to place on the men and women putting their lives on the line for us.

The breed restrictions applied to bases are based in simple fear and perception as opposed to any fact. The Center for Disease Control has shown there is no connection between breeds and dog bites, and that breed specific legislation has no bearing on the number of bites seen. Cities across the United States and Canada have enacted BSL and have seen no change in attacks, only an increase in the number of animals being euthanized and abandoned.

These laws do nothing to protect the families living on military bases, and serve no purpose but to tear apart families. Dozens of organizations have spoken out about the pointlessness of the breed restrictions being implemented, and without evidence as to the effectiveness of the bans, the only reasonable action is to remove the restrictions.

Dogs should be judged on their merits, not their DNA results. Help keep families together and allow our men and women in uniform to bring all of their loved ones with them!


Petition Signatures

Aug 14, 2018 Lourdes Acevedo
Aug 13, 2018 Deirdre Sandquist
Aug 13, 2018 vanyoska gee
Aug 13, 2018 Anne Caldwell
Aug 13, 2018 sylvia Vielma
Aug 13, 2018 Karen Beckner
Aug 13, 2018 Fiona Dickinson
Aug 11, 2018 Olga Proshina
Aug 9, 2018 Lale Halimoglu
Aug 7, 2018 Kathryn Carson
Aug 6, 2018 Candice Sexton
Aug 6, 2018 Myriam ROBERT
Aug 5, 2018 Eva Passerini
Aug 5, 2018 Jane Brownlow
Aug 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 4, 2018 Kara Nave
Aug 4, 2018 Perrine FRINDEL
Aug 4, 2018 Inge Ferdusch
Aug 3, 2018 Anita Sutton
Aug 3, 2018 Joan McCloud
Aug 3, 2018 Katie Jarvis
Aug 2, 2018 Kathleen Scherman
Aug 2, 2018 Amandajane Hellier
Aug 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2018 victoria weece
Aug 1, 2018 Lynne potts
Aug 1, 2018 Janice Powers
Jul 31, 2018 Mishelle Vislisel
Jul 31, 2018 Catherine King-Chuparkoff
Jul 31, 2018 Lucia Flakus
Jul 31, 2018 Camille Clarke
Jul 31, 2018 Yumi Takahashi
Jul 31, 2018 Cyndee Kott
Jul 31, 2018 Cheryl Celentano No matter what the breed, it's all in the way people, yes the "PEOPLE" raise dogs. DON'T PENALIZE THE BREED DUE TO HUMAN ERROR!!! IT'S NOT RIGHT OR FAIR to these beautiful living beings. They deserve the same rights as ALL other breeds have!
Jul 31, 2018 Rachelle Craft
Jul 31, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2018 Colleen Singelyn
Jul 30, 2018 Pam Freilich
Jul 29, 2018 Howard Olanier
Jul 29, 2018 Howard Olanier
Jul 29, 2018 Laure Leclerc
Jul 28, 2018 Kimberly Flores
Jul 28, 2018 mark valentine
Jul 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 26, 2018 Aline Ver
Jul 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2018 Hazel Campbell There are many wonderful dogs of the breeds that are specifically banned. Pet restrictions should never be based on the breed. Please stop this foolishness of banning breeds. The military personnel need their pets. Let them have them.
Jul 25, 2018 Kimberly Taylor

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