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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

Apr 22, 2018 suzanne caruso
Apr 22, 2018 Rita Willis
Apr 22, 2018 Bob Willis
Apr 22, 2018 Rose Hickford
Apr 22, 2018 Bob Hickford
Apr 21, 2018 Rita Council
Apr 20, 2018 Victoria Apodaca
Apr 19, 2018 Debra Edwards
Apr 19, 2018 Marion Barbour
Apr 18, 2018 Mildred Tanner
Apr 17, 2018 Betty Chan
Apr 17, 2018 Valerie Charbonneau
Apr 16, 2018 (Name not displayed) Military life is diffcult enough without having to worry about my four legged child being accepted
Apr 15, 2018 Cynthia Hill
Apr 14, 2018 Rob Hamilton
Apr 14, 2018 Jean Lambert
Apr 14, 2018 Donna Larschan
Apr 14, 2018 galina Dzhaladyan
Apr 13, 2018 Beverly Ackerman
Apr 13, 2018 Susan Evans
Apr 13, 2018 Yves Ghislandi
Apr 13, 2018 Stacey Mcbride My son is in the Navy and no one should have to leave a beloved pet behind
Apr 13, 2018 Andreas Papapanagiotou
Apr 13, 2018 Beau Ryba
Apr 12, 2018 Donna Arnold
Apr 12, 2018 Amy Garza
Apr 12, 2018 Nancy Glynn
Apr 12, 2018 Tara Schuneman
Apr 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 11, 2018 Janie Anderson SUCH IGNORANCE
Apr 11, 2018 Karen McMurray
Apr 11, 2018 georgina italy
Apr 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 9, 2018 Rebecca Mierke
Apr 9, 2018 sarah rahm
Apr 8, 2018 Deja Brown
Apr 7, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 7, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
Apr 7, 2018 Dawn Lorring Allow our military families to keep their pets. They have chosen to serve our country. Please make it so they don’t have to give up the animals they love to do so.
Apr 7, 2018 Ruth Ann Sforza
Apr 7, 2018 Tasha Chenoweth
Apr 7, 2018 Jean Cheesman
Apr 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 6, 2018 antonina rossi imperato
Apr 5, 2018 Lynda Callista
Apr 4, 2018 Theresa Corrigan
Apr 4, 2018 Janet Christian
Apr 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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