Adoption Program: To be a successful guide dog, many factors including health and willingness to work come into play. If a dog in our program does not meet all the proper criteria necessary to be a guide dog, they must be removed from the program.

All dogs that are removed from the program for any reason we call Career Change dogs. If a dog in our program becomes a Career Change dog, the volunteer puppy raiser is given the option to keep the animal or to give them up for adoption. Also, when a guide dog is retired, the guide dog user has the option to keep the dog or give it back to Guide Dogs of America for adoption. If the retired guide dog is returned to Guide Dogs of America, we give the dog’s original volunteer puppy raiser the first option to adopt the retired guide dog. If the puppy raiser prefers not to adopt that retired guide dog, once again the dog is put up for adoption.

Currently the waiting list to adopt a dog is over six years. To submit an application and add your name to the list, click here. Please note that the wait time to adopt a dog that career-changed due to medical issues is considerably shorter. We welcome you to submit your application to provide these deserving and outstanding animals a forever home.

Rescue organizations are another good option for acquiring a nice purebred pet without such a long wait. Most rescue organizations are “no-kill” and do a thorough examination of the dogs so that they are able to tell you if the dog is house broken, good with children, energetic, and other traits of that dog.

Below is some contact information to make inquiries into the adoption programs of Rescue Organizations.

General Rescue Info (USA)

Rescue List For Southern California

Beagles and Buddies
(626) 444-9664
Beagles and Buddies
One of the best options for adopting a dog in Southern California! They rescue Beagles, as well as other hounds and small dogs, from pounds, humane societies and off of the street. They work tirelessly to find secure, happy new homes for as many dogs as possible.

Golden Retriever
(310) 679-3435
(South Bay Only) (661) 270-0570
(661) 270-3295

Southern California Labrador Retriever Rescue, Inc.
24325 Crenshaw Blvd. #137 Torrance, CA 90505
888-554-ALAB (2522)

German Shepherd
(818) 558-7560
(619) 576-1016

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