Monday, July 27, 2015

This is Toro, an explosives detection canine who’s based at the San
Francisco International Airport, going for training on Alcatraz Island.
Many of his former colleagues are up for adoption.
(Photo: TSA/Instagram)Contrary to what we usually expect from the
anger-and-frustration inducing agency, the TSA is about to induce an entirely
new reaction from travelers.
Something that goes along with the sound "awwww!" 
The source? The
TSA’s surprisingly sweet adoption program, wherein bomb-sniffing dogs
that have been retired from airport security duties, or deemed "unsuitable for
training" are available for adoption through the TSA Canine Adoption program.
 We’re not sure what makes a dog unsuitable for TSA duties
— maybe it was too friendly and trusting? (View from the Wing has some
other ideas.
) But we’re sure that any kid would be happy to have their parents
bring home a pet with such a bad-ass pedigree.
Unless, of course, they’re a teenager hiding drugs in their bedroom.
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PetsNot surprisingly, since this is the TSA, there is a screening process.
Not just anyone can adopt these specially trained canines.
You have to be a good match and have "acceptable housing arrangements.
" You must be willing to fly (on your own dime) to San Antonio, Texas, to pick
up your new best friend.
And you must be willing to deal with all the special needs of these special
For instance, even though they have the skills to sniff out explosives, they
do not necessarily have the skills to conduct normal household business.
As Road Warrior Voices quips, "Though they were trained to prevent accidents
in the airports, they may be causing them on your carpet.
" Related: Secrets of the Skies: Flight Attendants and Pilots Tell
Even with these potential setbacks, this has become one of the most
competitive dog-adoption programs: more than 500 applications have been
submitted to the TSA and more than 100 dogs have been adopted (often by the
dog’s previous handler).
For info on pups that are currently looking for new homes, email
 In the meantime, you can occasionally see the TSA’s working dogs
on the the agency’s Instagram feed, where they serve as an adorable
break from the usual terrifying/baffling stream of oddities that TSA screeners
find in travelers’ luggage.
Last week’s haul included a cane knife, inert and replica grenades,
and Batman-logo-shaped boomerangs, or batarangs.
Just some ideas for the kinds of toys your new pooch might like to play with.
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We love this: the TSA is now giving up former bomb-sniffing dogs for adoption.
We love this: the TSA is now giving up former bomb-sniffing dogs for

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