Dogs that are released from Guiding Eyes and found to be not suited for an alternative career will enter our Adoption Program.
Raisers may have the option to adopt the dog they raised, providing they meet the eligibility criteria and agree to a number of conditions when signing the Released Dog Agreement.
When making the decision regarding adopting the pup they raised, raisers should consider our Special Placement Adoption Program. The important decision made will also continue to contribute exponentially to the Guiding Eyes mission. These dogs often draw attention as ambassadors for Guiding Eyes, as they move through the world in their new role. As these dogs are observed in community settings, others will ask about their beginnings, and the Guiding Eyes story will continue to be told far and wide. Some dogs become companion dogs for people with special needs, or therapy dogs visiting veterans, nursing homes, or hospitals. It is quite an honor for the dog to be selected for a special placement adoption. All Guiding Eyes dogs truly change lives.
After you raise a puppy to maturity, hearing it will not be considered for guide work can be a disappointment. It often takes time to adjust to the idea and consider what is best for both for the dog and the raiser. However, we ask that a decision is made as quickly as possible – within 5 days – so the dog does not spend a long time in the kennel.
In making the decision, raisers should consider the following:
Raisers can contact a Region Team member or the Manager of our Released/Retired Dog Program for additional information or support.
Raisers are required to submit a Final Raiser Report. This information is helpful in identifying the right adopter for the dog, should the raiser choose not to adopt.