Adopt a Dog

We ARE NOT accepting applications at this time

Please note we are changing our application months to accepting them in the month of July and the month of January. During the transition, we will accept them December 2021 & January 2022. If you applied in the summer and do not hear from us by January 2022, send in a new application to stay on the list.


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 July and January 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 July and January, 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, Standard Poodle, Boxer, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, and Vizsla. Please note that the wait for all 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 24 hours to notify us as to whether or not you are interested in adopting them and set up an appointment within the week to do so. Appointments are offered Monday thru Friday 9 am to 4 pm. 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.

We are only accepting applications from those who are less than a 5 hour drive away from Columbus.

We get a lot of applications. Please give us a few business days to get through them. You will receive an email that we've added you to the list. If you do not receive an email by the end of the month, resubmit your application by forwarding the email with the original timestamp. Please DO NOT call to check on your application. If you have a question about your application, please email Do not reply to the original email you submitted your application with, it move your application out of line to the new email date and time.

You may submit your application via mail or email:

625 West Town Street

Columbus, Ohio 43215 -----> Please send application in as a Word, PDF, or Google Doc. Put "Career Change Dog Application" in the Subject Line