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Dog Adoption

Finding homes for select career change dogs.

Interested in adopting one of our dogs who hasn't gone on to become a guide dog, a K9 Buddy, or been placed with another working dog organization? You've come to the right place! We are committed to finding the perfect forever homes for our adoptable career change dogs. Because we receive significantly more applications for adoption than we have dogs available, our selection and matching process is based on suitability rather than on a first-come, first-served basis. Dogs are matched in consideration of the needs of both the dog and the potential adopting home. All of our dogs require a commitment from their adoptive families to spend the time, energy, and possible expense of addressing the individual dog's issues in order to make the match work.

Most of the dogs are between 1 and 2 years old, and can be any of our breeds: Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and Labrador/Golden crosses. The regular adoption fee for these dogs is $2000.

The reasons the dogs are dropped from our program are medical or behavioral:

  • Medical reasons: anything from allergies, cataracts, or arthritis to varying severities of dysplasia (hip and elbow).
  • Behavioral reasons: high activity level, poor house manners, high distractibility, low confidence or fearfulness, incompatibility with cats or other dogs, assertiveness requiring strong handler leadership. Some of these dogs may not be suitable for homes with young children or other pets.

Our dogs are typically highly food motivated and many enjoy dog sports such as obedience, nosework, and agility. Obedience and agility competitors, search and rescue trainers, tracking enthusiasts, and others in dog-related fields are encouraged to apply!

Please note: All of our career change dogs are evaluated for suitability for other types of assistance dog work, and if suitable are transferred to our community partner organizations. None of these dogs may be used as working guides for the visually impaired, nor are they suitable to be trained to perform tasks for persons with other special needs.

So take a look at our adoption criteria to see if you might be a good match for one of our dogs, and we look forward to welcoming you to the GDB family!

Apply to Adopt a Career Change Dog

If you've read our adoption criteria and are ready to apply, click here!

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