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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

Mar 20, 2018 Linda Borner
Mar 19, 2018 Maria R. Gomez
Mar 19, 2018 Crystal Birch
Mar 17, 2018 Neil Hahn
Mar 17, 2018 Shelley Dorgan
Mar 17, 2018 Victorine Shepard
Mar 16, 2018 Susan Hodgson
Mar 15, 2018 Angela Danzik
Mar 15, 2018 Tonya Green
Mar 15, 2018 Karen Phylow
Mar 15, 2018 Emma Le Let families who serve keep their companion animals. Dogs are family pets and family members. Keep families together!
Mar 15, 2018 hEATHER Knowles
Mar 15, 2018 CRISTINA OLIVA Keep Military Families Together - End Breed Restrictions On Bases! Our service members shouldn't have to choose between their pets and their homes. Take action now!
Mar 15, 2018 Melissa O'Rourke
Mar 15, 2018 Patricia Flynn-Williams
Mar 14, 2018 Lisa Delabre
Mar 14, 2018 Laraine Lebron
Mar 13, 2018 melanie broussard
Mar 13, 2018 Kelly Shanks
Mar 13, 2018 Valerie Passoa
Mar 10, 2018 Tamera Macy
Mar 10, 2018 Angela Flanagan
Mar 10, 2018 Janice Andrews
Mar 9, 2018 Diane Kalil
Mar 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 9, 2018 Mary Ann Jones
Mar 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 8, 2018 M Lopez
Mar 7, 2018 Alicia Kern These animals work for and love their military handlers. They are their family and it is heartless to separate them. I have seen firsthand a family in our town who now own the dog that served in the military with their son and how happy everyone is.
Mar 6, 2018 Craig Barthuly
Mar 6, 2018 Alicia Webb
Mar 6, 2018 cynthia dahlen
Mar 6, 2018 Simone Duffin
Mar 6, 2018 regina sondej
Mar 4, 2018 Telisia Waldrop
Mar 3, 2018 Jane Alexander
Feb 28, 2018 Terri Raimondo
Feb 28, 2018 DAVID ORTIZ
Feb 28, 2018 Madeleine Oliveland
Feb 27, 2018 Tara Spires
Feb 27, 2018 Natalie Alexander
Feb 27, 2018 Walter Johnson
Feb 26, 2018 Sara Vilhena
Feb 26, 2018 Amy Hunt
Feb 25, 2018 Maria Arteaga
Feb 25, 2018 Brenda Pereira
Feb 25, 2018 Heather Denney
Feb 24, 2018 Nancy Williams
Feb 24, 2018 Lynne Minore

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