Few adoption opportunities exist for police dogs, but potential owners can contact law enforcement agencies or buy trained police dogs from canine training academies and licensed police dog trainers. Online marketplaces such as K-9 Classifieds offer nationwide listings from private trainers and police dog training schools.
Purchasing the dog from a licensed trainer is the easiest way to obtain a police dog. Dogs that have failed training programs may also be available.
In most cases, retired police dogs aren't put up for adoption. The canine's handler typically assumes responsibility of the animal once it has retired.
While there aren't many opportunities to adopt a trained police dog, hundreds of retired military dogs are available for adoption. Military dogs receive similar training and have the same skills as trained police dogs.