When we talk about retired dogs, we are including dogs who have retired from active guide, support, or service work, as well as those retiring from the breeding program.
The age of retirement varies considerably and is completely dependent upon a number of factors related to the dog’s health, age, and situation. Some retired dogs may be able to be placed in another service program, with an organization affiliated with Guiding Eyes.
The person responsible for the dog throughout its career is given first option of adopting or placing the dog with a family member or close friend. These adoptions are handled through the affiliated organization that trained the dog.
Retired detection dogs are usually placed a significant distance from Guiding Eyes and often not returned to Guiding Eyes for placement. However, if the dog is returned to Guiding Eyes, the raiser will be offered the right of first refusal before placing the dog with a Public Adoption applicant.