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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

Jun 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 26, 2017 Judith koehler
Jun 26, 2017 Ellen Wilson Please do not limit breeds of pets on bases-Our pets are loved unconditionally and need to be with us.
Jun 26, 2017 Nicholas Kenney
Jun 22, 2017 Victoria Barajas
Jun 21, 2017 Christi Walsh
Jun 20, 2017 Jeanine Smegal
Jun 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 19, 2017 franca frebet
Jun 16, 2017 Linda Butler
Jun 12, 2017 andrea pernick
Jun 11, 2017 Donna Hass Keep them together! They share a bond we will never know.
Jun 11, 2017 ron smith
Jun 11, 2017 Marcos Carrillo
Jun 11, 2017 Jennifer Maessen
Jun 10, 2017 Cathy Sikes
Jun 10, 2017 Debra Cassiero
Jun 10, 2017 carpathia wales
Jun 10, 2017 Renee Gardner
Jun 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 10, 2017 ruth kern
Jun 10, 2017 Carol Doud
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 9, 2017 James Deschene
Jun 8, 2017 kathryn joyce carroll Our military who live on bases sacrifice so much for all of us. It is terribly unfair to not allow them to have their beloved pets, irregardless of the breeds. For the well-being of the men, the dogs, & the nation, please let them remain together. Thanks.
Jun 7, 2017 Tanya Bush
Jun 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 6, 2017 Pam Mandryck Our vets have given their all, it is criminal that legislation should PRECLUDE them any form of comfort or wellness, including keeping their animal.
Jun 4, 2017 Maggie Alk
Jun 4, 2017 Ashlee Godin
Jun 4, 2017 Gabi Sorrell
Jun 2, 2017 Nancy Rooney
Jun 1, 2017 Tracey Dolbow
Jun 1, 2017 george lewis
Jun 1, 2017 Susan Tatelman Ironic that our military personnel are fighting to enforce our (and others') freedom and liberty only for them and their families to be subjected to unjust, unfounded breed discrimination at home! End breed-specific discriminatory policies now!
May 31, 2017 Beatriz Ramirez
May 31, 2017 CAtherine Reeves A breed does not dictate the personality of a dog. Humans interaction and training has a greater affect. Pit bulls can be the most loving animals around.
May 31, 2017 Lisa Venosa
May 30, 2017 Lynda Kerr
May 30, 2017 Douglas Johnston
May 30, 2017 Beatriz Ramirez
May 30, 2017 Alicia Perez
May 30, 2017 Rozanna Ramirez Families are meant to be together and dogs are not just pets but family members and should not be separated from their moms and dads that are serving in the military.
May 30, 2017 Rita de Cássia Moraes Lima
May 30, 2017 Patrizia Lazzeri We are writing to express our deep concern about your policy of breaking up military families through badly designed & managed breed restrictions world wide.The CDC has shown there is no connection vs breeds & bites! Breed legislation has no bearing here!
May 29, 2017 Shana Collett
May 29, 2017 Linda Osburn You expect the,m to give their lives but you won't let them bring their dogs. How mean and stupid is that?
May 29, 2017 Barbara Skinner
May 29, 2017 António Benigno

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