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Published: May 26, 2011

Military dogs do not have a good history of being adopted after they retire. However, ever since the Navy SEALs dog helped in the killing of Osama bin Laden, several people have be inquiring about pet adoption of pooches who serve the United States, according to the Huffington Post.

Every year, there are an estimated 300 dogs who retire from their military services and are looking for a new home. Since May 2, officials have received 400-plus adoption applications for these soon-to-be retired pooches, according to the media outlet.

"These dogs are fully trained, are worth probably $40,000 to $50,000 each at least, and it's a dog that has been saving American lives," the president of the U.S. War Dogs Association told the news source. "It's kind of a hero in a way."

These dogs help locate explosives, insurgents and drugs and have saved thousands of American's lives, the news provider reports.

According to the Humane Society, 19 percent of owned dogs in the United States were originally adopted from animal shelters.