Adopt a Dog

When a Seeing Eye puppy or dog is unable to complete guide dog training, we call them “career change” dogs because they often go on to other types of careers including law enforcement, search and rescue, and just as important: loving pet!

We always offer career change dogs for adoption to the volunteer who raised it as a puppy. If the puppy raiser does not adopt the dog, it becomes available to other homes. If the dog has potential to work in law enforcement or some other kind of service, those organizations are given priority in selecting dogs. Dogs not selected for service work will become available to the public for adoption.

Public Adoptions

The majority of dogs available for adoption are between 1.5 and four years old. The youngest have learned basic obedience and are housebroken. Some of the dogs have had some guide dog training. Dogs that have retired from careers as guides also are available and usually are 7 years or older. All adoptable dogs have been neutered or spayed, and have up-to-date vaccinations prior to being offered for adoption.

The waiting list for public adoption is one to four years, depending on the preferred age, gender and breed that an adopter prefers. The waiting period will vary, depending on the requirements of the adoptive family. Those willing to adopt a dog with a more serious health or temperament issue experience a much shorter waiting period.

The standard adoption fee is $1,000. The fee is reduced for senior dogs and dogs with more serious health or temperament issues. Qualified applicants may reduce the waiting time and be placed on the VIP adoption list if they have given a gift of $25,000 (USD) or more in the past twenty four months. Adoptive families are responsible for meeting their dogs at our facility in Morristown, N.J., and transporting them home. We do not ship dogs.

If you wish to apply, please complete the Dog Adoption Application on-line along with a $25 (USD) non-refundable application fee. If preferred, you may mail-in the application fee along with a copy of your printed on-line form to:

The Seeing Eye
Dog Adoptions
P.O. Box 375
Morristown, NJ 07963

Once your application has been completely filled out and your application fee has been received, your name will be put on our waiting list. Please be aware that due to variation in the population of adoptable dogs, not all applications will be fulfilled. To keep your application active, you MUST call us every six months to renew your request for adoption. You will be contacted as soon as we have a dog available that fits your family's profile. If you have additional questions, please email the adoption office at dogadoptions@seeingeye.org or call (973) 539-4425, ext. 1844.