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. The few dogs not adopted by their puppy raisers and 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 may experience a shorter waiting period.

In recognition of donors who have supported our mission with a recent gift of $25,000 or more, The Seeing Eye maintains a VIP list of qualified adopters with reduced wait times. For more information regarding our VIP adoption program, please contact Donor & Public Relations at 973-539-4425 or email

The standard adoption fee is $1,000. The fee is reduced for senior dogs and dogs with more serious health or temperament issues. Adoptive families are responsible for meeting their dogs at our facility in Morristown, N.J., and transporting them home. We do not ship dogs.

To apply, please complete a Dog Adoption Application (either online or mailed in) and send a $25 (USD) non-refundable application fee 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 or call (973) 539-4425, ext. 1844.