Adopt a Dog

ABOUT OUR ADOPTION PROCESS…

When a dog does not make it through our dog guide program, we first offer them back to their breeder and Puppy Raiser. If neither is able to take them, we adopt them out to the public. Not every dog is right for guide work and when you are called about a dog available for adoption we will furnish the reason they did not pass.

Dogs are adopted out ALL-YEAR LONG. However, to try and keep our waiting list manageable we accept adoption applications in the months of June and December only.  If you submit an application in either month and are not called about an available dog for adoption before the next open application month, you will need to re-submit your application.  Your application will be placed higher on the waiting list than those applying for the first time. If you send an application anytime outside of the months of June and December, it will not be kept or added to our waiting list.

We regularly use the following seven breeds, which are listed in order from most common to least common in terms of availability for adoption: Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, German Shepherd, Boxer, Doberman Pinscher, Standard Poodle and Vizsla. Please note that the wait for all but the Labrador Retriever and Golden Retriever can be a year or more. Over 50% of the dogs who come through our program each year are Labs, therefore they are by far the most common breed available for adoption.

Occasionally we have retired Pilot Dogs available for adoption. These are dogs that have gone out as guides but are no longer working and the person they were guiding chose not to keep them as a pet. They are older than our career change dogs.

When you are called about an available dog, you will have 48 hours to notify us as to whether or not you will adopt them and set up a time to do so. After that, we will move on and contact the next person on the waiting list and your application will be cycled to the back unless you asked to be removed from the list altogether. We do ask for a $200 donation for our dog adoptions. All dogs are spayed or neutered and are up to date on vaccines.

Download the Adoption Application Form

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