106 competing to adopt retired military dogs

By Ashley Yen, Special to The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Military Police Command (MPC, 憲兵指揮部) yesterday said it will start reviewing the 106 people applying to adopt two retiring military work dogs on next Monday, Dec. 2. Niko and Dape, two dogs who worked under the MPC, retired recently after years of service and are now waiting for new owners. Even though both have reached the age of 10, the two dogs attracted 106 applicants for adoption because of their storied pasts, said the MPC. “It’s the first time that we have permitted adoption of military working dogs,” said the MPC.

The MPC said the first round of reviews would take place next Monday, as the number of applicants exceeded their expectations. Financial ability, living standard as well as acceptance of other family members are to be the main criteria considered. Those under 20 do not qualify for adoption, added the MPC.

Applicants who make it to the second round will be permitted to meet their prospective adoptees next Wednesday at MRT Shihlin station, director of the MPC Cheng Jia-chi (成家麒) said. “We will arrange this meeting to test who matches the dogs most,” said Cheng. The MPC noted that they would also visit the applicants next Wednesday to make sure their living environments are suited to house the canines.

The MPC committee will commence further review on Dec. 9, with final decisions to be made on Dec. 19, when the MPC will resort to a random draw if more than two people enter the final round, said Cheng.