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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

Jan 18, 2017 Catherine Reid
Jan 18, 2017 Heather Nolan
Jan 18, 2017 Bryna Shindell
Jan 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 18, 2017 Martha Lord
Jan 18, 2017 al h
Jan 18, 2017 Dora St
Jan 18, 2017 Robin Beckman
Jan 18, 2017 tote reli
Jan 18, 2017 Natalie Johnson breed does not matter,the bond ie what matters
Jan 18, 2017 Paul-Denis Clermont
Jan 18, 2017 Adrian Vaeng
Jan 18, 2017 Terry Wataszko
Jan 18, 2017 pat petersen
Jan 18, 2017 sanyagnc gnc
Jan 17, 2017 Richard Harmon
Jan 17, 2017 kara Wenrich
Jan 17, 2017 Lynne Cruz
Jan 17, 2017 ANNA BERGALIS Give a soldier a break
Jan 17, 2017 lisa meyer with all that the do for this country, they deserve the comfort and support of oets
Jan 17, 2017 Michelle Balazic
Jan 17, 2017 Lisa Jablow
Jan 17, 2017 Viv Mancini
Jan 17, 2017 Silvana Berardo
Jan 17, 2017 Vivian Lombardozzi
Jan 17, 2017 Diwamani Kadiroff Keep them together!
Jan 17, 2017 Ida Olsson
Jan 17, 2017 Gail Coates
Jan 17, 2017 Jodi Lawaich
Jan 17, 2017 Dean OBrien
Jan 17, 2017 Cindy-Lou Joyce
Jan 17, 2017 Davor Maznik
Jan 17, 2017 Rachit Garg
Jan 16, 2017 Kellen Livingston
Jan 16, 2017 Cheryl Scott
Jan 16, 2017 Nikki Nafziger This is unconscionable unacceptable unAmerican and Satanic! STOP this abomination/discrimination immediately!
Jan 16, 2017 Beverly Wilson
Jan 16, 2017 Barbara Santoro
Jan 16, 2017 P. Robertson
Jan 16, 2017 Gena Anderson No breed discrimination. Even the CDC has shown that there is no connection between breeds and dog bites.
Jan 16, 2017 Jane King Please let the family dog stay with their beloved family! The service people risk their lives for us, let them keep their pet(s) in their lives.
Jan 16, 2017 Esther Rodriguez Our military sacrifice being away from family. To tear them apart from their furry family is not only cruel, it doesn't make any sense. Please allow pets to be with their humans
Jan 16, 2017 Judy Pasqualini
Jan 16, 2017 Linda Dingwall Our soldiers have earned that right to keep their family together
Jan 16, 2017 David Cotner
Jan 16, 2017 Victoria Hutson Please let people/pets stay together - it is the right thing to do.
Jan 16, 2017 Kathy Mason
Jan 16, 2017 Lisa Brehm
Jan 16, 2017 Hal Trufan

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