Thank you for your interest in adopting a Southeastern Guide Dog through our Gifted Canines Public Adoption program.
Before you move forward with the application process, it is important that you take some time to read our Public Adoption FAQ.
1) Southeastern is committed to ensuring that all dogs find and enjoy active lives – if other careers are not suited for the dog, we will then present the dog for adoption by an individual or family who has gone through the adoption application process. The waiting list to adopt a dog is approximately 1 year. Families who have fewer breed/color restrictions or who are willing to adopt a dog with medical issues usually experience placement more quickly.
2) Many of the dogs we place through our Public Adoption program have been made available because they have medical concerns that prohibit them from guide dog work. Often, knees and hips prevent a dog from moving forward with their guide dog development. In many instances, the problem will never develop into a major issue, but it is possible that a dog with medical needs may require veterinary attention during its life. It is important to consider the possible financial implications that come with adopting a dog that may need veterinary care.
3) There is a $1,200 fee required for the adoption of a Southeastern Guide Dog made available through Public Adoption. This fee helps us recoup the costs incurred during the dog’s time in our program including medical expenses, vaccinations, and basic care. In all, the total cost to fully train a guide dog team is $60,000. Your support will help us continue the breeding, raising, training and placement of guide dogs with visually impaired individuals.
We are excited that you have elected to pursue the adoption of one of our dogs!