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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 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 21, 2017 Jeryl Roller
Oct 21, 2017 Tracy Blogna
Oct 21, 2017 Jacqui Lipschitz
Oct 21, 2017 andrea Fleck
Oct 21, 2017 Karen Hornberger
Oct 21, 2017 Valorie Henson
Oct 21, 2017 D Joseph
Oct 20, 2017 Pam Fosgate There are no bad dogs, just bad owners. I have had pit bulls and never was there a problem. As my dtr how she feels about ankle bitters, little dogs. They hurt more people than large one.
Oct 20, 2017 Jade Rigas
Oct 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2017 Charles Coombes
Oct 20, 2017 Allyson McPhaul
Oct 20, 2017 Connie King It's not right that our military can't keep their pets. Breed is only a small part of what animals are--how they are raised is a much bigger part. Let them keep their pets!
Oct 20, 2017 Karen Rubino
Oct 20, 2017 sandra kee
Oct 20, 2017 Carl Lee
Oct 20, 2017 D Y
Oct 20, 2017 Angela Berard
Oct 20, 2017 Lorena Maher
Oct 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2017 Paula Keenum
Oct 20, 2017 Maria Dimitropoulou
Oct 20, 2017 Paula P
Oct 20, 2017 Maria Dias
Oct 20, 2017 amy lerner
Oct 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2017 Sari Toivoniemi
Oct 20, 2017 Davina Lee
Oct 19, 2017 Bronwyn Tuck
Oct 19, 2017 Darren Mitton
Oct 19, 2017 Elizabeth Jackson
Oct 19, 2017 Jason Park
Oct 19, 2017 Tina Jordan
Oct 19, 2017 Dina Capra
Oct 19, 2017 Linn Johnson
Oct 19, 2017 Terrie Morring Moultrie
Oct 19, 2017 Arno Schneider
Oct 19, 2017 Marica Czirfusz
Oct 19, 2017 Roya Talezadeh
Oct 19, 2017 Robin Hicks Given the unconditional love that dogs give their humans, they should NEVER be separated!! Few people deserve their dogs more than active military or Veterans. PLEASE allow ALL dogs to continue living with their humans, regardless of breed!
Oct 19, 2017 Natalie Gibbs Anything that helps with our soldiers morale is a wonderful thing. Do NOT take it from them. A happy soldier is a good soldier. God bless our boys/girls in uniform.
Oct 19, 2017 Carol Taylor
Oct 19, 2017 Karen DeLeo
Oct 19, 2017 Mr and Mrs Richard N. Huff
Oct 19, 2017 Felicitas Blackburn
Oct 19, 2017 Andrea Francis Family members and Babies come in all shapes, sizes and species. OPEN you minds!
Oct 19, 2017 Darlene Ross
Oct 19, 2017 Melanie Pino-Elliott

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