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.
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.
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.
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).
- 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.
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