Thank you for your interest in adopting one of our puppies or dogs!

Our adoption process is thoughtful and careful; we screen every applicant thoroughly before they are placed on the waiting list. Wait times range from approximately one to four years, and the adoption fee ranges from $2,000 to $3,000 (subject to change).

Our experienced staff is committed to making sure every dog is matched appropriately with the right adopter, based on the the temperament and health of the dog and the profile of the adopter. Once a match is identified, you will be invited to come to Guiding Eyes and meet your dog or puppy. If all goes well, you’ll sign a release agreement that finalizes the adoption, and you’ll be the proud parent of an exceptional dog!

These are special dogs, so as part of our program, we ask that adopters commit to keeping us up to date with their dog’s progress by completing an Adopters Health Survey each year.

Occasionally, an adopted dog cannot remain with the adopter. Under the terms of the adoption agreement, adopters of a released dog cannot place the dog in another home without written approval from Guiding Eyes.

Click below to learn more about released puppies, released young adult dogs, or retired guide dogs.

Released Puppies

Please note: At this time we are not accepting adoption applications for puppies. When adoption applications are being accepted again in the future, we will update our website accordingly.

Released Young Adult Dogs

Please note: At this time we are not accepting adoption applications for young adult dogs. When adoption applications are being accepted again in the future, we will update our website accordingly.

Retired Guide Dogs

Please note: At this time we are not accepting adoption applications for retired guide dogs. When adoption applications are being accepted again in the future, we will update our website accordingly.

Priority Career Change

Thank you for your interest in Guiding Eyes for the Blind’s public adoption program!  Since our founding in 1954, Guiding Eyes has bred, raised and trained more than 7,000 guide dogs and matched them with blind and visually impaired people, supporting the partnership for life.  Guiding Eyes provides guide dogs free of charge to our students; the cost is supported entirely by our generous donors. 

Guiding Eyes spends months getting to know our puppies and dogs to make sure they’re suited for guide work.  Just like people, dogs have different personalities and want different careers. (And for some, that means a career as a pet!)  Dogs who aren’t suited to guide or other service work are placed in loving homes through our public adoption program.  These loving, impeccably bred puppies and dogs are in high demand but are well worth the wait.

Our career-change Guiding Eyes dogs, like all of our dogs, have received superior veterinary care from the moment they are born.  They have been highly socialized and intensively trained for almost two years at a cost of approximately $50,000 per guide dog.  Many donors give quite generously in return for our dogs, as a show of support for our mission: connecting exceptional dogs with individuals for greater independence. 

For tax purposes, the estimated value of a Guiding Eyes career-change dog is $3,000.  Any amount over $3,000 may be considered a charitable and tax-deductible contribution; we respectfully request a minimum donation of $10,000 ($7,000 of which is tax deductible) for a career-change dog.

We are grateful for your support of Guiding Eyes.  For additional information, please contact Rebekah Cross at rcross@guidingeyes.org 

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