Apply to Adopt a Dog
Occasionally Guide Dogs of the Desert has Labrador Retrievers and Standard Poodles 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.
NOTE: We will contact you when a suitable dog matching your criteria is available. Please refrain from contacting the school regarding pending applications. We will hold applications for one year.