Thank you for your interest in our public adoption program.
Here at Southeastern Guide Dogs, we love all our dogs and commit to finding them the best fur-ever homes. Not all dogs choose to become working dogs, but every dog matters.
Things to know before you apply:
- People love our dogs! Adoption applicants may experience a 1 – 2 year waiting period before a dog becomes available.
- Adoptive families incur a $5,000 cost recovery fee to help us recuperate the costs incurred during the dog’s time in our program, including medical expenses, vaccinations, basic care, and basic skills training.
- Adopted dogs are pets. They have been transferred out of our working dog programs and are not eligible for public access rights. These dogs have been evaluated for working careers and were not found suitable to become guide, service, or other working dogs.
- Our dogs are either Labrador retrievers or goldadors—a cross between a Lab and a golden retriever.
- Most dogs available for public adoption are about 1½ to 2 years old. Occasionally, older retired working dogs or puppies under a year may become available for adoption.
- Dogs can be transferred out of the working dog programs for medical or behavioral reasons, or they may simply age out of our program before their perfect match is found. Please note that dogs with medical issues may require further veterinary expenses in the future.
- For highly social dogs, some adoptive families may choose to certify their dogs as therapy dogs, a process handled by outside therapy dog organizations. However, adopted dogs are first and foremost pets.
- Before applying to adopt one of our non-working dogs as a pet, please read our FAQs linked below, including the “complete FAQs.”
We are excited that you have elected to pursue the adoption of one of our dogs!
Public Adoption Q&A
I’m interested in adopting a Southeastern Dog. Where do I begin?
Is there a cost to adopt a dog?
Is my adopted dog a working dog? Where can I take it?
What type of dog can I expect to be available through the adoption program?
How old are the dogs that are available for adoption?