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

Every Guiding Eyes dog is an extraordinary animal 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 pup is a match for our stringent criteria for guide work, they make exceptional companions and pets.

The adoption fee is approximately $2,000 for most pups (subject to change). Wait time for a puppy of seven to nine weeks is approximately 12 months to two years, but this can vary; the more flexibility adopters have with regard to color, sex, and breed, the more quickly they will move up the list.

Eligibility Requirements

You may be eligible to adopt one of our 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 six hours and more per day will not be considered for puppy adoption, but we encourage you to consider applying for a released young adult.
  • You are age 18 and older and all family members are aware of your application.
  • You agree to neuter or spay the pup between 6 and 10 months of age and send the certificate to Guiding Eyes.

Other Considerations

  • 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 six months and 12 months of age, as well as our annual health questionnaire.
  • We’ll ask that you 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.

If you’re ready to learn more, please complete the form below.

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 already learned a great deal.

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 their history and understand 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.

The wait time to receive a dog is approximately four years (this may be less for German Shepherds or medically-released dogs), and the adoption fee for young adult dogs is $3,000 (subject to change).

Eligibility Requirements

You are eligible to adopt 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.

If you’re ready to learn more, please complete the form below.

Young Adult Dog Adoption










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Retired Guide Dogs

Guiding Eyes places a very small number of retired guide dogs with adoptive families, who we often call our “Angel Adopters.” 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. Most of these dogs are over 10 years old, and may have age-related medical problems.

Wait time to adopt a retired guide dog is four to five years (this may be less for people willing to adopt very elderly dogs or those with more serious medical conditions).

Eligibility Requirements

  • 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.
  • As some of our retired guide dogs are arthritic, we ask that applicants with many flights of stairs to navigate in their home do not apply.

If you’re ready to learn more, please complete the form below.

Retired Guide Dog Adoption










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