The waiting list for the adoption of Released Dogs is currently closed, as of August 2016.
We will not be able to accept any new applications at this stage. If you are interested in adopting a Released Dog from the Seeing Eye Dog Program in the future please check back to this website in 6 to 12 months time.
Released dogs are considered unsuitable as Seeing Eye Dogs (SEDs).
They will have received varying levels of training depending on what stage they have been released from the program.
Generally they will have had some basic obedience training and are well socialized.
It is important to have reasonable expectations of our dogs and keep in mind that they will require ongoing training, socializing and health care like any other pet dog.
Most of our released dogs range from 1 year to 18 months of age, but occasionally younger or older graduated dogs will be retired from our program and looking for a home.
Our dogs are up to date with their vaccinations and worming schedules and are Desexed and Microchipped. Why are these dogs unsuitable as SEDs?
There are a multitude of reasons some dogs do not progress in our program.
Certain behavioural traits can be undesirable in a working dog but very reasonable for a pet dog, for example having a fear of heights, or trains.
It is very important that our graduated dogs have manageable levels of health for their vision impaired handler, therefore health issues might also play a part in releasing dogs in the program.
Generally these characteristics are not a problem for pet dogs but would interfere with their career as a Seeing Eye Dog.
Retired dogs are SEDs that have been working with a client and are now entering their “golden years”. Our working dogs usually retire at approximately 10 years of age. They have had basic obedience training, are well socialized and have a personality and character all of their own. They, too, are used to having contact with a person for the majority of the day and night and always sleep indoors. As with any ageing dog, special consideration needs to be given to diet, exercise and the general health of these wonderful animals.
All of our younger dogs are assessed on a monthly basis and this information is used to ensure we find the best home for the dog. Dogs may be released for a variety of reasons, health, age or temperamental problems. Dogs being retired are assessed annually.
The temperament problems may not be an issue for a pet, we usually release due to high levels of interest in other dogs, cats or birds which would make them unsafe to be a SED. We do however advise that all new carers go along to their local dog training club to keep up the obedience responses.
How can I apply?
The waiting list for adoption of a Released Dog is currently closed, as of August 2016.
While you are waiting you may like to consider the volunteer caring for puppies or our dogs in training.
Our main training kennel is located Kensington Victoria and most of our rehoming’s take place there.
Although we do have small offices in NSW and WA the waiting times for released dogs in these areas can be up to 2 years long due to the very few dogs that require rehoming from these centers.
We are not able to accept applications from QLD, NT, SA, TAS or the ACT as we do not have SEDA facilities in these locations.