We’re happy that you’re interested in finding out more about adopting one of our puppies or dogs.

Our process of adoption is thoughtful and careful. Every applicant is screened thoroughly and if accepted, placed on a waiting list.

Our average wait times
To adopt a puppy: 36 months
To adopt an adult dog: approximately 4 years

It costs $2,000 to adopt a puppy and $3,000 to adopt a young adult dog. FEES SUBJECT TO CHANGE

We are committed to making sure every dog is matched appropriately with the right adopter. Our experienced staff tries to make the perfect match by evaluating the temperament and health of the dog and reviewing the profile of the adopter. Once a match is identified, you are invited to come into Guiding Eyes and meet your dog. If all goes well, you’ll sign a release agreement that finalizes the adoption.

These are special dogs, and, as part of our program, it’s important that you’re committed to keeping us up to date with your dog’s progress. Every year, you will be asked to fill out an Adopters Health Survey.

Occasionally, there are instances when an adopted dog cannot remain with the adopter for some reason. Under the terms of the adoption agreement, adopters of a Guiding Eyes released dog cannot place the dog with someone else without notifying Guiding Eyes and receiving written approval.

Released Puppies

Every Guiding Eyes dog is an extraordinary animal and born with a purpose.  Our puppies receive a tremendous amount of early training and socialization during the first few weeks of life, and though not every puppy is a match for our stringent criteria for guide work, they make exceptional companions and pets.

The adoption fee to adopt a released puppy is $2,000 for most pups.  FEE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


You are eligible to take ownership of one of these special pups if:

  • You live within a one-day drive of our facility.  We do not ship puppies by air.
  • You are aware of and accept the responsibilities required of adopting a young puppy and will never leave a young puppy unattended for more than a few hours.  Applicants gone 6 hours and more per day will not be considered for puppy adoption, but perhaps you’d consider applying for a released young adult.
  • You are age 18 and older and all family members are aware of your application.
  • You must neuter or spay the pup between 6 and 10 months of age and send the certificate to Guiding Eyes.
  • You should expect to house-train the puppy and continue obedience and manners training.
  • Your puppy must live in the house and not in a garage or outbuilding.
  • You must complete the temperament questionnaire sent out to you when the dog reaches 6 months and 12 months of age, as well as our annual health questionnaire.
  • Please keep us updated on any changes in your contact information so that we can continue to learn about your dog.
  • When the dog passes away, you must provide Guiding Eyes with the date and cause of death for genetic planning purposes.

Our usual waiting times

  • Black Lab: 18 to 24 months
  • Yellow Lab: 24 months or longer
  • Black and Tan Lab: Limited availability
  • German Shepherd:  2 to 3 years – limited availability

The more flexibility adopters have with regard to color, sex, and breed, the more quickly they will move up the list.

If you wish to be contacted regarding adoption, fill out the information below and click Submit.

Puppy Adoption

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Released Young Adult Dogs

Adopters of adult dogs (18 to 24 months old) receive a pet that has spent a year or more in a volunteer Puppy Raiser home and is house trained, crate trained and trained in basic obedience and house manners. Most have not yet had formal guide dog training, but as young adults, these dogs have been tested against the most rigorous standards.

Their release is most likely the result of a minor health or temperament problem – nothing that would prevent them from enjoying a happy life as a wonderful pet. No matter what the cause of their release, we make sure that new owners know what problems we saw and what care is recommended to ensure a happy, healthy future.

All dogs released from our programs are up-to-date on their vaccinations and are neutered.


You are eligible to take ownership of one of these special dogs if:

  • You live within a day’s drive of our facility. We do not ship dogs by air.
  • You can come to our Yorktown Heights campus so that we may meet you.

Applications are being accepted for Guiding Eyes’ young adult released dog program. The wait time to receive a dog is approximately 4 years.

The adoption fee for young adult dogs (ages 1 to 3) is $3,000. This is less or waived for dogs released for medical reasons.

If you wish to be contacted regarding adoption, fill out the information below and click Submit.

Young Adult Dog Adoption

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Retired Guide Dog

Guiding Eyes places a very small number of retired guide dogs with adoptive families (less than 20 a year). These are very special dogs and are usually returned with great difficulty on the part of the graduate, as they have spent many years together as working partners as well as close friends. Returning these dogs is a last resort and only occurs when the graduate is unable to place them in a home with friends or relatives. Most of these dogs are over 10 years old, since they work as long as possible. Many of them have age-related medical problems.

The ideal home for one of our retired dogs is one where people are home the majority of the time, because guide dogs are accustomed to constant companionship. They do not do well in homes where they are left alone for long periods of time.

Please keep in mind that many of our retired dogs are arthritic and do not do well in homes where there are many flights of stairs to navigate.