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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

Feb 21, 2018 Kate Holy
Feb 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 17, 2018 Russell Chiappa
Feb 17, 2018 Murphy Law
Feb 17, 2018 Ming Law
Feb 17, 2018 Mint Law
Feb 17, 2018 Yoda Law
Feb 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 14, 2018 LINDA FANCHER
Feb 14, 2018 Krissttina Isobe Family includes pets, but I understand that pets are not welcomed at some bases or animals that help in combat too is not welcomed at some bases, that's a shame. Please make it possible that military families can have their pets and combat animals.Thanks.
Feb 14, 2018 (Name not displayed) END BSL ALTOGETHER.
Feb 14, 2018 Janet Brandon
Feb 14, 2018 (Name not displayed) If the dog is properly trained, he/she isn't a threat. In my neighborhood there is a pack of chihuahuas that menace other dogs who come near them. Should chihuahuas be banned as well?
Feb 14, 2018 Katherine Boas
Feb 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 14, 2018 Alec Pereira
Feb 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 13, 2018 MaryLynn Michaelis
Feb 13, 2018 Yolanda Perez
Feb 13, 2018 Lori Dusenberry
Feb 13, 2018 Sarah Williams
Feb 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 13, 2018 Jeanette Kelly
Feb 13, 2018 Victoria Baylova
Feb 13, 2018 Sherry Kravitsky
Feb 13, 2018 Dianne Pingitore
Feb 13, 2018 Bonnie Streit
Feb 13, 2018 Heather Blackwell
Feb 13, 2018 Silva Kruzic
Feb 13, 2018 Lisa Dolby
Feb 13, 2018 Debra Lessard Dogs are more than a breed. They are our companions and a calming effect on we humans. I hate that the military destroys these animals. They are heroes too.
Feb 13, 2018 Jacquelyn Vero
Feb 13, 2018 Laura Shields Dogs should be judged on their personalities, not their "supposed" breed. Please eliminate these restrictions.
Feb 13, 2018 (Name not displayed) This is wrong on every level of basic common decency. These are family members. This is nothing but attempt of destruction of families without any basis in fact. Family is family period.
Feb 13, 2018 Heather Simons
Feb 13, 2018 David Lauderman The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by how its animals are treated. - Gandhi
Feb 13, 2018 M S
Feb 13, 2018 Martine Smet
Feb 13, 2018 Kathy Jones
Feb 13, 2018 Leah Tibbs
Feb 13, 2018 Susana Guillamon
Feb 13, 2018 (Name not displayed) These service men and women deserve to bring their military buddies and support home. No breed differenciation!
Feb 13, 2018 Michele Pariseau
Feb 13, 2018 Angelia Mckenzie
Feb 13, 2018 Linda Williams
Feb 13, 2018 Susan Roverud
Feb 13, 2018 aliZa Gregory
Feb 13, 2018 Linda Glascoe

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