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I wrote about puppy adoption in my last article based mainly on my experience with Guide Dogs of America. While surfing the web I came across an article on Guide Dog puppy adoptions with the organization Guiding Eyes for the Blind. After reading several pages on their website I noticed there were some slight differences between the Guiding Eyes for the Blind and Guide Dogs of America puppy adoption programs.
Puppy Adoption – Slight Differences
As far as I understand all of the puppies in a Guide Dogs of America litter are sent out to be raised by a puppy raiser. However, Guiding Eyes for the Blind starts evaluating and career changing puppies when they are 7-9 weeks old. Therefore the majority of dogs available for adoption are 7-9 weeks old.
***You can also adopt a young adult dog from Guiding Eyes for the Blind.
Why Are These Puppies Released From the Program?
According to Guiding Eyes for the Blind early test show that these young puppies do not have the potential to become guide dogs. The most common reason being that the pups are too sensitive to withstand the pressure of decision making.
About Guiding Eyes For the Blind Puppy Adoption
- Cost to adopt a released puppy – $1000 for all puppies with the exception of Golden/Lab Cross Breed and Black and Tans. They will remain at $800.
- The more flexible you are with color, sex, breed the more quickly you will receive a puppy.
- Here’s a rule of thumb list on minimum wait periods:
- Black Lab: 6-12 months
- Yellow Lab: 18-24 months
- Black and Tan Lab – limited availability
- Golden Retriever – 2-3 years (limited availability)
- German Shepherd – 2-3 years (limited availability)
- Golden/Lab Cross – limited availability
Do I Need to Do Anything Differently With These Puppies
Straight from the Guiding Eyes for the Blind website:
To adopt one of our pups you must agree to the following criteria:
- Adopted dogs must live inside the house with the family, not in a garage or outbuilding.
- Puppies must be spayed/neutered within 6 months of adoption and a copy of the certificate sent to us for our records.
- For genetic record-keeping purposes, families and individuals adopting from us must be willing to respond to occasional questionnaires or perhaps an evaluation.
If you are interested in one of these puppies please fill out the Released Puppy form on the Guiding Eyes for the Blind website. If you’d like more information on Guiding Eyes for the Blind Puppy Adoption then please visit their puppy adoption FAQ page.
I’d love to adopt one of these puppies, but the problem for me is that they are located in Patterson, NY and unfortunately they do not ship dogs by air (I’m in California). So, hopefully you (prospective puppy adopter) are located within driving distance of Patterson, NY.
What do you think? Are you interested in puppy adoption with Guiding Eyes for the Blind? Have you adopted a puppy from this organization in the past?