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
Figgy is an almost 3 years young Bichon Frise looking for his forever home. He knows all obedience commands and is a very friendly doggo, with both, people and other animals. He will make his forever family very happy. His only flaw is he barks in the crate when someone initially leaves, though this doesn’t last, and he settles in after that.
If you are interested and think you are a good fit for Figgy, please fill out the adoption application below.
English Cream Golden Retriever
Adoption Bio Coming Soon…
San Diego Ranch
Pearl is a one-year-old Doodle. She got her beautiful tan color from her mom and the doodly expression from her dad. Pearl is a very intelligent pup with a desire for cuddles and companionship. She likes to be independent and has a mind of her own, so even though she understands most basic commands, she refuses to listen. She will sit consistently, but you might need to ask her a few times. Don’t forget she gives good cuddles. Also, Pearl is crafty and an extreme escape artist; she WILL escape from any crate if left alone. Besides cuddling, she loves to run and play with other puppies.
Pearl has decided the working life is not for her. However, she is ready to be the best pet and give all her love and snuggles to her forever family. Overall, she would be a wonderful addition to any home and make a wonderful family dog.
If you are interested and think you are a good fit for Pearl, 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
Lani is a 2 years old yellow Labrador Retriever. She does awesome with mobility tasks, so she is available as a high-end in-home assistance dog. Her only fault is that she is a barker, she LOVES to bark. Which is why she was released from service dog training. Sometimes she even vocalizes in her dreams (but we must admit, we all think this is rather cute).
Other than this, she is very obedient and always aims to please her handler. She can act a little stubborn at first and tests people that she’s not used to working with, but she responds well to corrections and gets it together quickly. She is very food motivated, especially if you are using her favorite treats. She enjoys getting baths and the extra attention they imply.
Lani loves everyone, and she loves life. This means she can be a little too excited when coming out of the crate sometimes (we are still working on that!). She also likes to explore, she is nosey, she wants to sniff everything; however, the command “watch me” works to get her attention, and this shouldn’t affect her in-home performance.
Lani is very advanced in her training. She knows all the basics like sit, down, and stay, and on top of that, she knows come, push, pull, open, close, stand, back, touch, signal, watch me, stays, get it, lights, inside, out, wait, heel, back up, watch me, paws up, signal, dial, brace AND she is a pro at retrieval. Lani cannot only retrieve a random item with the command “get it”, but she knows to look for and retrieve specific items, like a vest, keys, remote, water, leash, purse, ball, and even her food bowl 😉 One of her fosters also taught her the command “go around”, so if she’s on a break and gets wrapped around a tree, you can tell her go around and she will unwrap herself!
Lani has everything to be the perfect in-home mobility assistance dog. She loves to work and is ready to meet her forever person. So, if you are interested and think you are a good fit for Lani, please fill out the adoption application below.
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!