The dogs below are on-site and available for adoption right now!
The dogs below are part of our foster program and are off-site in foster homes. They should be available for adoption soon!
Southeastern Guide Dogs has committed itself to finding alternative careers to guide dog work before placing a dog up for public adoption. As a result, we may have as few as three dogs available for adoption at any given time. Families who have fewer breed/color restrictions or who are willing to adopt a dog with medical issues usually experience placement more quickly. Also, the wait time for a Golden Retriever is significantly longer than for a Lab or Goldador. This is because we do not have as many Goldens in our training program.
In most cases, the medical issues that require Southeastern Guide Dogs to career change a dog from the guide dog program are not severe. Often, elbows and hips prevent a dog from moving forward with their guide dog development. In many instances, the problem will never develop into a major issue, but it is possible that a dog with medical needs may require veterinary attention during its life. It is important to consider the possible financial implications that come with adopting a dog that may need veterinary care.
Dogs available for public adoption have been house trained.
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Thinking about adopting a four-legged friend? Check out our nationwide database of dogs looking for good homes. Search by zip code to meet available dogs in your area! If you live in New York City, don't forget to check out the dogs available at our 2. Introducing A Puppy to an Adult Dog – First make sure your dog(s) are current on all their vaccinations, including bordatella (kennel cough) especially if the puppy is coming from a shelter or rescue kennel, or has been exposed to other dogs for adoption. Just having the new puppy in the house is enough for your older dog to get used to, start out by keeping the puppy in isolated from the older dog. As for the first introduction pick a neutral and unfamiliar territory, such as a street or park you don’t usually visit. For a really young puppy (4 months and under): start by having a friend (not a family member) holding the puppy in their arms and letting your friendly adult dog take a good sniff. For future meetings going on walks together is a wonderful bonding activity! For more tips follow along at our blog. 1. Making the Best of the First Week with Your Dog - Just like us, dogs need order and leadership, especially dogs for adoption that aren’t accustom to a daily routine. They seek structure, which you must provide. Your dog needs to know that you are the boss and that you have a set of house rules. This makes the transition from the shelter to your home easier, faster and more rewarding. Hold a family meeting to create rules about caring for the dog. Purchase your basic dog care items such as ID tags, a collar and a 6 foot leash, food and water bowls, food, dog toys, a crate and bedding, and basic grooming tools. Just before you bring your dog into the home, take him for a walk to tire him out a little. At first, limit your dog to one room or area. Most dogs instinctively like to den, and a crate makes the ideal place for your dog to sleep and get away from household hubbub, a crate is where a lot of dogs for adoption already have spent a lot of time so it will feel familiar. Plan a trip to the vet in order to make sure your dog is healthy and will not transmit any diseases to other local dogs. For more tips, and advice read the full post at our blog. 6. Raising a Dog will Build Life Lessons for Children - Adopting a dog provides a fertile opportunity to teach important values to children. The decision to devote your resources and care to a dog sends a very clear message about the identity of a family and its underlying values. It is a great time to explore who you are as a family and what you stand for. It is through this process that a child learns things like, “We are a family with an important choice to make, and we are going to use the power of this choice to save a life.” This teaches kids about personal responsibility and their impact on the greater good as they make choices in life. Children need to feel they can impact their world. We need to give them opportunities to do so in positive, pro-social ways. Adopting and caring for an animal can plant the seeds for that ethic. Dogs help children get outside more – to go for walks, run, and play – and enjoy all the associated health benefits. Kids also learn responsibility by feeding and caring for a dog’s routine needs. Children with dogs display improved impulse control, social skills and self-esteem. And for emerging readers, reading to a dog is an easy way to feel comfortable.