Adopt a Dog – Expression of Interest

Thank you for your interest in adopting a dog from Blind Low Vision NZ Guide Dogs. As part of our adoption procedure we keep a register of all people who have met the criteria to adopt, and your application will remain active for two years. After this time you will need to submit another application.

Dogs can be withdrawn from the Puppy Development Programme or the Training Programme for health or temperament reasons, and occasionally retired working guide dogs require a suitable adoption home.

Some of the withdrawn dogs will go on to do great work for another service, and some will become wonderful companion dogs for people with a disability. Priority is given to these placements.

Our dogs have been very well socialized and must go to homes where they will not be left alone for long periods of time; if they are deprived of companionship then unwanted behaviours are likely to occur. Please consider the financial commitment needed when adopting a dog, either young or retired.

Should a suitable dog become available, you will be contacted with information about the dog, and a time for a home visit and property-check of your fencing will be made.

If you are successful in adopting a withdrawn dog, an adoption fee to a maximum of $1000 will apply, and you will be required to sign an Agreement stating you take full responsibility for the health, welfare and security of the dog. No withdrawn or retired dog may be used as a guide for a blind person.

Please register your interest in adopting a dog, by clicking on the Adopt a Dog – Expression of Interest button below.