Here’s How to Adopt the Dogs That Were ‘Too Nice’ for the TSA

When it comes to pets, there’s no such thing as a dog that’s “too nice,” right? For service dogs in-training, it’s a very real thing.

Lucky for you, the TSA has a Canine Adoption Program for those good boys and girls who, despite their best efforts, didn’t make the drug-sniffing cut. Dog-adopters who are interested in German shorthaired pointers, Labrador retrievers, German shepherds, or Belgian Malinois can apply to adopt their own tail-wagging career-changer.

According to the program’s website, the dogs are 2 to 4 years old, spayed and neutered, crate-trained and highly active…but not house-trained. But with a little coaching and a lot of love, they’ll be the very best explosive-detecting, snuggle-loving companion you could ask for. Of course, there are some strict applicant considerations, i.e., if you have a fenced-in yard and the age of family members. Oh, and you’ll have to make at least one trip to the San Antonio, Texas, facility to meet the dogs. (Worth it.)

The waiting list is currently closed until October, so mark your calendars.


Senior Food Editor

Katherine Gillen is PureWow’s senior food editor. She’s a writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a degree in culinary arts and professional experience in New York City...