Volunteers making a difference at home.

Southeastern Guide Dogs has cultivated a well-defined program to breed dogs whose temperament, intelligence, and health combine to produce some of the finest guide dogs in the world. Our breeding colony supplies our visually impaired students with dogs who are trained to guide them in their everyday travels.

To support our breeding program, we partner with selected volunteers who host our breeder dogs in their homes, then return the dogs to campus when needed for breeding and whelping. These breeder host families are an extension of our work here at Southeastern Guide Dogs, and donate time, attention, and helping hands to help us reach our mission.

If you are interested in hosting a breeder, or for further questions, please contact genandrepro@guidedogs.org.



Breeder Host Requirements

All breeder hosts must live within 75 minutes driving distance from our Palmetto campus.

Once you have submitted your application, you will need to attend a Breeder Host Orientation, a Dog Obedience course, and a Dog Care course. Course dates will be sent out in a monthly newsletter to current applicants.

Once you have submitted your application and attended all three required courses, our staff will complete a background check and arrange a home interview with you. Following this, you will be a Breeder Sitter for a period of time so you can be sure that having a breeder dog in your home will be manageable for you and your entire household! After all steps have been completed, if you are approved to become a Breeder Host you will be placed on our waiting list which is usually about 4 to 6 months long.

Once a dog becomes available that is compatible with your household, we will arrange a meet and greet for you, your family and the dog to take place on campus. If the meet and greet is deemed successful, it will be followed up by a home visit where the dog is introduced into your home environment. If you and the dog are a good match, it will then be time to sign the necessary paperwork and welcome the breeder dog into your home!

What people are saying…

“I feel honored to be a part of an organization that empowers people with self confidence to live an independent and adventurous life.”

Breeder Host Vinanta with breeder Legion

Host Breeder Questions

  • What is required once I become a Breeder Host?

  • What is required once the breeder dog retires?

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