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Apply to adopt a dog from Guide Dogs NSW/ACT

#Please note - We are currently not accepting any new applications to join the adoption list.  Please keep checking back on our Facebook page for details on when this may re-open again#

Due to the exceptionally high standards required to become a Guide Dog or Therapy Dog, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT needs welcoming families or individuals to offer a loving forever home to the dogs that are not quite suitable for these demanding roles. A dog may be made available for adoption because they have not passed their health or training tests.

The majority of dogs that are available for adoption are aged between 12-16 months old. Dogs in this age group have had a year of puppy training with a volunteer puppy-raiser. On occasion there may be a dog available for adoption slightly older or younger than this average age. On very rare occasions mature dogs, including retired Guide Dogs or Therapy Dogs may be available for adoption.

Please read the following important things to note before deciding whether or not one of our Labradors is the right fit for you and your family:

  • Our dogs are accustomed to sleeping indoors and spend most of their days in the company of humans. We ask that our dogs are generally not being left alone for more than 4 hours at a time and do not become ‘back-yard’ dogs.
  • You must have a fully fenced yard or a suitable living space for a large sized dog.
  • Labradors are often joyful and energetic dogs that need sufficient exercise and daily enrichment to live happy and healthy lives. We ask that applicants are able to provide this, and have a basic understanding of general canine husbandry.
  • All dogs from Guide Dogs NSW/ACT are de-sexed and microchipped. All dogs are vet checked prior to placement with their new owner and are up to date with vaccination, heartworm and worming treatment.
  • Please note that there is a charge for the dogs and prices will vary depending on the reason the dog is available for adoption.
  • Most of the dogs that become available for adoption are around a year and a half old and have been given a career change because of issues that are unique to them. We are looking for homes that will be understanding of their individual needs and prepared to put in the time and management that any young dog in a new home would require.

Owning a dog can be an incredibly rewarding experience but it comes with many responsibilities. Please consider all aspects of our dog ownership expectations before submitting your application to our Pet Adoption List.

For any questions please contact petdogapplication [at] (subject: Website%20enquiry)