Public Adoption Program

Southeastern Guide Dogs is committed to ensuring that all dogs find and enjoy active lives. If other careers are not suited, we will then present the dog for public adoption.

Thank you for your interest in adopting a Southeastern Guide Dog through our public adoption program.

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Before you move forward with the application process, it is important that you take some time to read our public adoption FAQ (download file below).

  1. Southeastern Guide Dogs is committed to ensuring that all dogs find and enjoy active lives. If other careers are not suited, 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 3 – 5 years. 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 or service dog work. Often, knees and hips prevent a dog from moving forward with their training. 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 $5,000 recovery 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.

We are excited that you have elected to pursue the adoption of one of our dogs!

Southeastern Guide Dogs Adoption Program FAQ

  • I'm interested in adopting a Southeastern Dog, where do I begin?

  • What type of dog can I expect to be available through the adoption program?

  • Will my dog be trained?

  • Are they housebroken?

  • What types of medical issues might my dog have?

  • I am not sure if I want to adopt a dog with medical concerns. What should I do?

  • How long will I have to wait for a dog?

  • The wait list seems very long. I don’t want to wait. What should I do?

  • Will I be able to pick out my own dog?

  • Once I submit my application, what happens?

  • Does Southeastern Guide Dogs charge anything to adopt a dog?