Air Force dogs seeking loving new homes

Elvis (pictured) is a three year-old male German Shepherd bred at the Royal Australian Air Force Security and Fire School (RAAFSFS). Elvis, along with nine Belgian Malinois dogs—two males and eight females, varying from 15 months to seven years-old—are seeking loving new homes. They will all be available for viewing shortly to give prospective owners an opportunity to meet the dogs… and vice versa!

The majority of the dogs have failed to display the attributes required of a Military Working Dog. Most commonly the dogs have an affectionate disposition, lacking in aggression. Others have failed to meet the strict health requirements for breeding or are mothers requiring a comfortable retirement. All canines have been assessed as suitable for pet life and are of a friendly nature. Some, however, are a little boisterous and unsuitable for homing with young children.

These canines are predominately untrained; they may acknowledge basic commands but for the most part have no basic obedience training. However, they are indeed trainable and basic obedience training is highly recommended. It is further recommended that anyone interested thoroughly research the Belgian Malinois breed as they are not a suitable pet for everyone. Pedigree papers are not available but all canines have been microchipped, de-sexed and fully vaccinated.

To comply with Defence Procurement Guidelines, our dogs must be sold by Public Tender. Interested parties must submit a written monetary offer for their desired canine, as well as outline the intended care and use of the dog via a questionnaire. Questionnaires will be provided on the day of viewing. Although canines are required to be tendered, the monetary offer may not necessarily secure the desired canine. All applications will be assessed by a board who will determine the most suitable home with the best interests of the applicable canine in mind.

Canines will be available for viewing on Friday 7 September, between the hours of 10am and 11.30am at Military Working Dog Training and Supply Flight, RAAFSFS, corner of Haigslea Amberley Road and Tarakan Road, RAAF Base Amberley.

Tenders will be finalised Wednesday 12 September. To be eligible to tender, prospective owners or a representative must view to canines on the viewing day. Applications will be supplied on the day. All enquiries can be emailed to: raaf.puppycarers [at] defence.gov.au