The Following Dogs are Available for Placement in Approved Homes as a Pet
Each of the following dogs have had some training, but for one reason or another they are not suitable as service dogs. This means they can still go on walks with you through neighborhoods and parks, but they cannot go to public areas where pet dogs are not allowed, such as restaurants, theaters, shopping malls, amusement parks, etc.
The dogs on this page will be best suited as house pets. This is usually because their temperament would make the high level of reinforcement difficult as an assistance dog of any kind. Please keep in mind the standards to become a service dog are extremely high. More often than not the reason a dog does not pass is because it is displaying behaviors that any normal pet displays. These behaviors just aren’t acceptable for a service dog but are completely normal for a house pet. All of them are still extremely lovable and thrive on human affection!
Please Note: These dogs are not a good choice for those who wish to further the dog’s training and then take them into public as fully certified assistance dogs. If we believed there was any chance they could comfortably go into public with further socialization and training, we would continue working with them and would not release them from our traditional program. Dogs are all individuals and the dogs on this page have their own special talents and abilities, but comfortably navigating the public scene isn’t one of them.
Some of these dogs have had more than $20,000.00 invested in their training. To help recover a portion of these costs each dog has an adoption fee. Not only does this assist us in recovering our costs to continue the program, but it also shows the commitment and responsibility of interested adopters. Each of these dogs are very special and we need to ensure their positive futures.
Each adopter will receive a required minimum of two private lessons with their dog before bringing it home so the family may utilize the training the dog has received. Handler training sessions and support are included for the adopter and family and will continue for the life of the dog at no charge.
Jean is a one-year-old English Cream Golden Retriever. She recently graduated from our Prison Program where inmates worked with her for over a year. She learned her obedience commands and some assistance tasks, however, Jean is a very nervous girl who needs lots of love, comfort, and reassurance. Jean can be so timid that she has trouble going on walks. She will freeze when nervous so that she needs to be carried to new locations. In the home she will adjust and will do beautifully as a pet. She would like nothing more than to cuddle with her people and play in the house and yard. But she will not be a dog to take to parks or even walks in the neighborhood due to her timidity. Due to her very unique personality we will require that her adopter have a fenced yard which is large enough for her to receive daily exericise – she loves to play ball and is very cuddly. She is potty trained and will follow instruction nicely in your home once she has acclimated, but will likely need to be carried to the car anytime she needs an outing such as veterinary appoinments or lessons at our facility (lessons are included free for life). Jean is going to make a lucky family very, very happy! Jean’s adoption fee is $900.
Winston is a 6-year-old Royal Standard Poodle. He was successfully placed as a seizure alert dog for many years but family circumstances did not allow the recipient to keep him. Winston is trained in alert, deep pressure therapy and dialing an assistance dog phone. Due to experiences he had while out of our care we feel he would be a better fit for a family without young children, and without public access as an assistance dog. Winston will not be adopted to someone who wishes to take him into public settings as an assistance dog, but he will be able to perform work in the home as a utility dog for someone with a disability. Winston’s adoption fee is $600.
Ziggy is a one and a half year old Standard Poodle. His obedience is EXCELLENT and he performs alert and deep pressure therapy. He loves to play ball and is cuddly. We’ve been waiting for the right adopter for Ziggy. He can be vocal if his owner doesn’t work on managing his barking. He will not be comfortable going into public as a service dog because he can be suspicious of some strangers, though not all – he is just initially wary. This is a very nice dog with great breeding. Ziggy’s adoption fee is $2,000.
Please fill out the form below to inquire further. Thank you!
If you are interested in adopting one of our dogs please fill out the following form. This form will be sent to our adoption coordinator to ensure we can make the best possible match with one of our released dogs. You email will be added to a database and every time a dog is released you will be sent an email to gauge your interest. Thank you and we look forward to working with you!