Free Dogs from the TSA – But There’s a Catch

If you’d like to adopt a dog – for free – the TSA airport security folks have a few. There’s a catch or two, but nothing too difficult. [See a security dog at work in the video below.]

Free Dogs from TSA: How to Get One

The dogs in question are either hitting retirement age or flunked out of training. This does not mean the flunkees are dumb, but not all canines can pass the rigorous explosives detection training. The dogs range in age from 2 to 10. Couple of things to know (the ‘catches’):

  • These dogs aren’t for everyone: As the TSA press release points out, the breeds usually include German Short-Haired Pointers, Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois which are “breeds were selected for their elevated level of ‘drive,’ and thus are very active.” In other words, if you can’t take the dog out for regular walks, you will have a very sad hound on your hands. Couch potatoes should let someone else take the dog (the pounds and humane societies are filled with less-demanding mutts).
  • You must travel to get the dogs: The dogs are in San Antonio, and you must travel to get them at your own expense.

Again, the dogs are free and all are spayed/neutered. Learn more here or contact the TSA Adoption Coordinator at

VIDEO: A happy Lab on the job.


Updated: November 12, 2015