Here's How To Make a TSA Reject Puppy Your Next Pet
The Transportation Security Administration's airport security dogs are some of the most rigorously trained pups around. They've got to be — their sensitive snouts help keep our skies safe. But not all young canines make the cut.
For those pups who don't, the next step is finding them a proper home. Enter TSA's semi-regular puppy giveaway, in which the agency offers up their reject pups for adoption to the general public. The most recent application period wrapped up on Monday, but another window is slated to open up in August.
Although that's a few months away, now's the time to get a head start on applying. Here's a shortlist of what you need to know to get a puppy of your very own, courtesy of the TSA:
- You must have a fenced in yard at the time of applying.
- There should be no intentions of moving within six months of adopting a dog.
- Homes must abide by all local pet ordinances.
- You must agree to provide the dog with appropriate medical care, exercise, training and companionship.
- All existing pets in the home must have current vaccinations and preventive care.
- The age of children in the home will be taken into consideration when selecting a dog.
Keep in mind that these puppies are untrained — which is why they're up for adoption, after all. Don't expect your new best friend to be housebroken or obedient right out of the gate.
If you get past the application stage, be sure that you can travel to Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, in San Antonio, Texas, where the dogs are held. The TSA advises that you may need to make multiple trips, as there are no same-day adoptions. Read the TSA's page about its Canine Adoption Program for more infomation.
There isn't much of a points angle here, but lets be real: Who doesn't like free puppies? And for all you points purists out there, consider using your American Express Platinum card to get 5x points on the flight into San Antonio. Heck, while you're at it book a room in San Antonio's St. Anthony Hotel with your Starwood Points.
H/T: AOL News