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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

Oct 20, 2017 Janet Sanchez
Oct 20, 2017 Monika Barron
Oct 20, 2017 maryse fioramonti
Oct 20, 2017 Diann Hackett
Oct 19, 2017 Susan Taylor
Oct 19, 2017 Staci Anderson
Oct 17, 2017 LOUISE MOORE
Oct 16, 2017 Lori huotari
Oct 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 14, 2017 Nina Carey
Oct 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 14, 2017 Esmè Evans
Oct 14, 2017 Karl-Heinz Braun
Oct 13, 2017 Patricia Frayer
Oct 13, 2017 Marion Weston
Oct 12, 2017 andree luron
Oct 11, 2017 june harty these beautiful beings are our military member's family,as our pets are ours, please honor them by letting them keep their pets, they are giving us their "all" for us and our country.
Oct 11, 2017 Maura R Garibay
Oct 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 11, 2017 Anelle Melloan It is not right to ostracize a family member and that is what our pets are. They are family!
Oct 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 11, 2017 Cathy Wood Dogs are part of the family. It's not the same without them.
Oct 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 11, 2017 Supatra Watanavorakitkul
Oct 11, 2017 Torrie McCormick Keep family together! These pets provide a great deal of emotional support!
Oct 11, 2017 Linda Trumbore
Oct 11, 2017 Trish Roman-Aquilino As the daughter of a 20 year Army veteran, I know first hand that many bases do not welcome family pets, and that is a total shame. They are FAMILY, and these military men and women already give up too much to serve.
Oct 11, 2017 brenda roudebush
Oct 11, 2017 Monica Gordon
Oct 11, 2017 Pam Mullin
Oct 11, 2017 Nicole Duran
Oct 11, 2017 Cathy Seagris
Oct 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 11, 2017 Pam Herring
Oct 11, 2017 pam jones
Oct 11, 2017 Gail Sims
Oct 11, 2017 Wanda Hunt The military is fighting for our country, not just the humans. Don't break up their families and hearts to send them to fight!!!
Oct 11, 2017 Wendy Cyriacks
Oct 11, 2017 (Name not displayed) These breeds are wrongfully marked as violent when it is THEIR OWNERS who are the violent ones! Block the humans not the dogs!
Oct 11, 2017 Joyce Craig
Oct 11, 2017 Laura Rozycki Why is it that its okay for people to put their lives in harms way to protect and serve our country and on behalf of others but they are restricted on being able to live on a military base with a dog? Ridiculous!
Oct 11, 2017 Lisa Foster Please don't judge a book by it's cover. I have had 3 of the breeds mentioned above and they were THE BEST dogs anyone could ever ask for. Please don't ban just because of breed !!!
Oct 11, 2017 Sheila Warburton
Oct 10, 2017 Judy Aizuss
Oct 10, 2017 Thea Stevens
Oct 10, 2017 Lucy-Nadya Stoy
Oct 10, 2017 Lynn Stary
Oct 10, 2017 Kay Giaquinto Do away with breed specific legislation. All animals should be allowed. They are part of the family too. Many are shelter pets getting a great home and being therapeutic.
Oct 10, 2017 Janet Brueggemann
Oct 10, 2017 Susan Pitman Base your policies on facts, not biased , erroneous information. The military really ought to act more intelligently than this.

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