Rehoming a Guide Dog | Guide Dogs NSW/ACT

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Rehoming a Guide Dog

By rehoming a retired or re-classified dog, you will help reward these special dogs for all of the work they have done in the past and give them the chance to live out their days in a caring and loving household.

Due to the exceptionally high standards required for Guide Dog work, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT often needs welcoming and caring families, or individuals, to rehome either retired or re-classified dogs.

PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately, we are only able to rehome dogs in NSW/ACT

Re-classified dogs

Due to Guide Dogs NSW/ACT's commitment to producing quality Guide Dogs, our dogs are continually assessed throughout the training and client matching process to determine if they are suitable for the demanding guiding role.

Our success rate of producing qualified Guide Dogs is consistently improving. However, some dogs do not become a Guide Dog due to unavoidable factors including health and temperament. Dogs that do not qualify for our Guide Dog Program are re-trained and are re-classified for alternative careers, including our Pets As Therapy Program, Breeding Program, or Ambassador Dog Program.

In rare cases where a dog does not qualify for any of our programs, it is rehomed with a new loving home as a family pet.

Guide Dog retirement

Once a Guide Dog begins to show signs of ageing, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT assists the handler in preparing for their dog's retirement. Some handlers opt to keep their dog as a family pet, while others leave the dog in the care of a family member or a friend. Other retired dogs can also return to their original Puppy Raiser. Through our Rehoming Program, we place retired dogs in their new loving homes where they can spend their twilight years. 

Apply to rehome a dog

By rehoming a retired or re-classified dog, you will help reward these special dogs for all of the work they have done in the past and give them the chance to live out their days in a caring and loving household. 

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

It is important to know that dogs raised for our programs are accustomed to sleeping indoors and spend most or part of their day in the company of humans, generally not being left alone for more than 4 hours at a time. Some dogs may adjust to spending more time independently, some will not. Generally speaking, dogs from Guide Dogs NSW/ACT do not make good ‘back-yard’ dogs and may exhibit undesirable behaviours if left alone for extended periods of time.

All dogs from Guide Dogs NSW/ACT are desexed 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. Guide Dogs NSW/ACT will advise council of Change of Ownership. It is the new owners’ responsibility however to Lifetime Register their new dog with their local council. Failing to do so may incur a fine.

Please note that there will be a charge for the dogs and prices will vary depending on the health of the dog. Keep in mind that there is often a considerable wait for a dog and should your circumstances change, we would appreciate you letting us know.

Having previous dog experience is preferrable, however, we cannot  guarantee your application will definitely result in a pet dog due to the low numbers available.

Apply to rehome a dog