An ICHS campaign has helped the Transportation Security Administration to place 10 puppies with foster families in Bryan-College Station. The families received their puppies during a two-hour orientation on June 6.
TSA's Puppy Program selectively breeds, raises, and prepares puppies to be future explosives-detection dogs within the National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program. Dogs who graduate from training are assigned to airports and mass transit systems nationwide. The program is located at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.
The program depends on volunteer families in Texas to raise the puppies between the ages of 9 weeks and 12 months before they can enter explosives detection training. During this time they are responsible for providing the pups with a well-rounded, socialized and nurturing environment.
The ICHS campaign generated news stories in the Bryan-College Station Eagle, on KBTX Channel 3, ABC 40 and WTAW-AM. The campaign attracted 800 unique visitors to a special web site that offered details about the TSA program as well as an application. Thirty households applied to become foster homes for the pups.
Photos by Jean Wulfson, imaging coordinator, Division of Research and Graduate Studies, Texas A&M University