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.
Please fill out the form below to inquire further. Thank you!
San Diego Ranch
Velma is a gorgeous one-year-old Silver Lab. She is easy going and quiet at home but does have a lot of energy and loves to play fetch. Velma is anxious and nervous around new people but a sweetheart once she gets to know you. She also knows all her basic obedience.
*Velma would do best in a home without children.
If you are interested and think you are a good fit for Velma, please fill out the adoption application below.
San Diego Ranch
Lucy is a BEAUTIFUL 9 months old English Cream Golden Retriever. She is the sweetest girl, but she can be anxious in new environments, as well as in her crate. However, Lucy has the potential to be trained with a lot of consistency; she has already improved a lot since the first day she’s been back at the ranch. She knows how to sit and is improving daily with down-stays and heeling.
Lucy LOVES to play, she LOVES to be with people, and she is good with other dogs. The only thing she doesn’t do well with is cats*, and it is not that she doesn’t love them… she is way too interested in them, and even if she just wants to play, the cats don’t enjoy it.
She is the perfect mix of an independent, free-spirited dog that also likes to cuddle. And did we mention how cute she is?
*Lucy would do best in a home without cats.
If you are interested and think you are a good fit for Lucy, please fill out the adoption application below.
The following dogs are available from our In-Home Utility Program. They are dogs that have done exceptionally well with training but are still not suited for public access. These dogs would be best for someone who could use assistance at home but doesn’t need a service dog to follow them into public. Their adoption fees reflect the higher level of training they have received. Go to our In-Home Utility Page for more information
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!