Resue’s Claim It Finds Home for Military Works Dogs is a Lie
I’ve written several posts this year exposing the bizarre activities conducted by Shepherd’s Way Animal Rescue in Springdale, WA.
From claiming to be a “the official command center for firefighters” during the Eastern Washington wildfires last summer to refusing to say what happened to a dog from New Jersey they took money to rescue to having someone the FBI considers a possible domestic terrorist providing “security” for the rescue, Shepherd’s Way co-founders Allen and Carrie Aenk have a history of questionable activities that, in my opinion, call into question the validity of their rescue work.
Now it appears one of the key Aenk’s claims about Shepherd’s Watch isn’t true.
At every opportunity, the Aenks love to declare that they take former military working dogs and find homes for them. The rescue’s Adopt-a-Pet homepage says they rescue military working dogs scheduled for euthanization.
Carrie says they’ve saved 17 military working dogs.
Giving 17 MWDS to One Group is “Unheard Of”
According to an official I contacted from the US War Dogs Association, “There is no way that a U.S. Military War Dog could ever have been “adopted out” by any organization or rescue.”
The USWDA is a volunteer 501c3 charity that provides “assistance and support service to US Military Working Dogs and their Handlers.”
Here are some other statements from my source:
“On their website they state that they rescue Military War Dogs which is a lie. That is something that I will take care of since it is a fallacy.”
“All retired U.S. MWDs” have to be retrained and deemed suitable for adoption before the Defense Department finds them a home. The Defense Department also “does a complete background on the person interested in the adoption.”
“There is NO fee when you adopt a MWD. I see that this group charges for dogs and horses so that is certainly a tip-off.”
“It is rare that an adoptee would ever have more than 2 MWDs but then adoptees are never an organization. I would find it hard to believe that someone with … an arrest history would slide by on a background and manage to adopt an MWD.”
“17 MWDs adopted out to one (1) subject is unheard of.”
All former MWDs are adopted out through the Department of Defense at the Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio, TX.
Carrie Aenk Would Have Failed Background Check
Anyone who wants to adopt a former MWD must go through a rigorous background check. Given the Aenk’s numerous encounters with law enforcement and the court system, I doubt they would have passed.
Title 10 US Code 2583 gives priority first to civilian Law Enforcement Agencies, then to prior handlers, and finally to the general public. Because most of the MWDs go to the first two groups, only “a relatively small number of available dogs” are available to the public.
Furthermore, civilians approved to adopt a MWD MUST go to Lackland Air Force Base to get it. The process usually takes 2 days.
Nothing on the Shepherd’s Way Adopt-a-Pet or Facebook page indicate they made multiple trips to Lackland Air Force Base, the only place in the country where they could get them.
They pulled many of these so called military working dogs from California shelters.
One of them was Riley, a German Shepherd adopted from Shepherd’s Way by a man who said the Aenks told him Riley was a former MWD.
The man, who was unable to keep the dog, now says Riley was not a MWD. Riley now lives with another man who the Aenks said was a MWD.
The Aenks could easily prove me wrong by producing the adoption papers from the Department of Defense for the 17 dogs they claim are MWDs.
If they can’t, they should explain to the office of Washington Secretary of State Bob Ferguson why they’re misleading both people who donate money to or adopt dogs from SW by claiming to adopt out MWDs.