We make every effort to identify excellent candidates for the breeding colony. Unfortunately, in some cases dogs are found to be unsuitable as breeders for reasons that become evident only after breeding has been attempted. For example, a breeder may be infertile, a brood may have a difficult or unsuccessful whelping experience, the litter may not have the desired qualities, or medical issues with a genetic component may have shown up in the breed dog’s littermates.
When a dog must be released from the Breeding Program, both the foster and the puppy raiser can feel disappointed. Some of our released dogs go on to become guide dogs, dogs for special needs clients, or detection dogs.
If a released breeder is not used in another program and is released within 12 months of the time the Foster Agreement was signed, the option to adopt is given to eligible puppy raisers, starting with the most recent raiser. If all eligible puppy raisers decline to adopt, the foster family that has fostered the dog for up to 6 months and is approved by Guiding Eyes will be given the option to pay the current adoption fee and adopt the dog. If the foster family has fostered the dog for 6 to 12 months, and is approved by Guiding Eyes, there will be no adoption fee.
If a released breeder is not used as a guide or detection dog, and eligible raisers and/or fosters decline to adopt, the dog will be placed through the Guiding Eyes Public Adoption Program.
Breeders retiring after more than 12 months of service will be available for adoption as follows:
- If the foster has had the dog for at least 12 consecutive months, the foster is given first option to adopt, with no adoption fee.
- If eligible fosters decline to adopt, then eligible raisers will be given the option to adopt, starting with the most recent raiser.
- If eligible fosters and/or raisers decline to adopt, the dog will be placed through the Guiding Eyes Public Adoption Program.
- The foster is required to keep Guiding Eyes updated on his or her contact information, to notify Guiding Eyes of any health or behavior problems that the dog may develop, and to make the dog available to Guiding Eyes for an annual evaluation at our Eye Clinic. After the retirement date, the foster is fully responsible for all medical care for the dog. When the dog passes away, the foster must notify Guiding Eyes of the date and cause of death, for genetic planning purposes. For specific requirements, see Agreement for Released Dogs.