Apply for a Change of Career Dog

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Occasionally Guide Dogs of the Desert has Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Standard Poodles, and German Shepherds that are available for adoption as pets. These dogs, typically between the ages of ten weeks and two and a half years old, are physically or temperamentally unsuitable for guide work. Although these dogs do not qualify for guide work, they often make wonderful pets. The following are some of the reasons dogs disqualify from our program: sensitive to noise/traffic, lack of confidence, uncomfortable with new surroundings, aggressive with other animals, orthopedic problems, allergies and eye irregularities.

Before we offer a dog to the public for placement, the dog may be offered to an assistance dog program, police/fire rescue dog program or the puppy raiser. The wait for a change of career dog can be relatively long. Although these dogs have been raised to be future guide dogs, the training at the time of disqualification will vary. The majority of dogs disqualified from our program have not received formal guide dog training.

All disqualified dogs, male and female, are spayed or neutered. We request a tax-deductible donation to defray expenses when you receive the dog. The minimum donation for a disqualified dog is $1000. In the event a dog becomes available with special needs, we may offer that dog without a donation request. Taking into consideration the dog's temperament, medical history and extent of training, Guide Dogs of the Desert reserves the right to set donation requirements for all of our change of career dogs.

NOTE: We will hold applications for one year. All applications become void one year from the day of receipt. If you wish to remain on our disqualified dog waiting list after the one-year period, please send us a new completed application.

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