How much is the fee to adopt a career change dog?
The regular adoption fee is $2000. The adoption fee may be reduced for senior dogs or dogs with specific behavioral or medical needs.
How long is the wait to adopt a career change dog?
Because our selection process is based on suitability rather than on a first-come, first-served basis, we do not maintain a waitlist and instead match dogs based upon their individual needs. Applications are kept on file for one year. You are welcome to reapply after one year if you have not been selected for a dog and are still interested.
How many dogs do you place in a year?
About 100 career change dogs are available for adoption as pets each year.
How many applications do you have on file?
We receive a few thousand applications per year. We are especially seeking applications from experienced dog handlers and people with an active lifestyle looking for higher energy, more assertive dogs. Please note that approximately 5% of applicants end up being matched with a career change dog each year.
How much training have the dogs had?
The amount of training varies widely. Most of the dogs are house trained and have had at least some basic obedience training by their volunteer puppy raiser. Dogs can be career-changed at any stage in our program, and have not necessarily had formal training by Guide Dogs for the Blind staff.
What kind of veterinary care have the dogs had?
Dogs are spayed or neutered and have received vaccinations and heartworm preventative prior to being placed in adoptive homes. In addition, the dogs have had hip and elbow x-rays, and most have had eye examinations by an ophthalmologist. Adopters are given the dog's complete medical history.
What are the fencing requirements for the adoption of a career change dog?
We require that there be a fenced area at least five feet in height. It must be a safe and secure area with no obvious hazards to a dog. A kennel run can also meet our requirements (pre-fabricated runs are available from hardware or home improvement stores); runs must be a minimum of 6' wide x 12' long x 6' high. If you do not currently have an approved enclosure, but are willing to install one within a few days of being notified of a potential dog match, please indicate this on the application.
Please note that putting up a fence or installing a kennel run does not guarantee receipt of a dog. It is is your responsibility to ensure that fencing requirements are met prior to taking an adopted dog home. Our career change dogs may not be left alone unattended in a yard.
Is electric or invisible fencing acceptable?
Electric or invisible fencing does not meet our requirements for a couple of reasons. The lack of a physical boundary does not prevent people or other animals from entering your yard and potentially interacting with your dog. Furthermore, an invisible fence may not provide a suitable deterrent to all dogs, who may cross the fence line if distracted or intently focused on chasing another animal, such as a squirrel or a cat.
How do I apply to adopt a dog?
If you meet the career change adoption criteria, please complete our secure dog adoption application.
Do I need to fill out separate applications for each campus (California and Oregon)?
Only one application is necessary; both of our campuses share a common database. The application provides an opportunity for you to indicate which campus you are able to travel to in order to meet a dog (a campus visit to personally meet the dog is required).
How do I check on the status of my application?
Immediately after submitting your application, you will receive an on-screen confirmation that it has been submitted successfully. Your application will remain active in our database for a one-year period (or until a successful match is made, whichever comes first). At the end of the one-year period, if you're still interested in obtaining a career change dog, you'll need to submit a new application. Please do not contact us for status updates. We will contact applicants who may be suitable for any of our current career change dogs.
Can I drop by the campus to talk with you further about a dog?
The Dog Placement staff is unable to meet with applicants on a drop-in basis. We'll contact you if we need further information or if we have a dog that may be suitable. However, our campuses always welcome visitors, and we encourage you to come by for a tour.