Rehome a Dog

Due to the number of applicants on our current rehoming waiting list, we will not be in a position to open it up again until the end of this year.

We apologise for any inconvenience and we look forward to welcoming more volunteers who want to give one of our dogs a loving forever home.

Is there room in your life to rehome a dog?

Not all dogs born and entering our training programmes qualify as Guide or Assistance Dogs. From time to time, we need to rehome dogs that have been withdrawn from training or retired from working life.

We’re passionate about dogs and committed to ensuring their proper care.  For this reason, we have implemented an application process for our rehomed dogs.

Eligibility criteria to rehome a dog
  • Applicant must be over 18 years of age.

  • Dog will not be left alone for long periods (more than four hours in any 24 hours).

  • You must accept responsibility for all future costs in relation to the dog.

  • You have a fully enclosed garden with walls or fences at a minimum 5ft high or are willing to enclose it.

  • All children in the home are at least five years of age.

  • The dog will live inside, day and night, and will get regular exercise.

  • You are willing to take on medical or behavioural issues.

Rehoming process
  • Check the criteria above before applying.

  • If eligible, complete and return the application form.

  • The Rehoming Officer will contact you within ten working days.

  • If your application is successful, you will be placed on a waiting list.

  • A house visit will be arranged to ensure your property is suitable, i.e. enclosed garden. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our house visits are taking place virtually, either by video call or submission of photos for review.

  • Once we have a dog that potentially matches your requirements, we’ll contact you to arrange collection of the dog.

  • You will have the dog on a trial basis for two weeks before deciding if you will keep the dog permanently. If successful, paperwork will be completed and the dog will officially be yours.

  • The Rehoming Officer will be available by phone to answer any questions that you may have, even after the process is complete.

Types of dogs available for adoption
  • Companion Dogs (€500 suggested donation)

  • Retired Guide Dogs (€250 suggested donation): This is a Guide Dog usually retired from its working life between 9 to 11 years of age. It is common for the Guide Dog to remain with their owner, or their family or close friends that the dog is familiar with. However, from time to time this is not possible and the retired Guide Dog needs to be rehomed with a new loving family. Retired Guide Dogs have spent most of their lives with constant human companionship and as a result they can become distressed if left alone too frequently or for long periods of time.

If you think you might be in a position to adopt one of our dogs and need more information, please check out our Rehoming FAQ by clicking the button below!

There are four different categories of Rehoming Dogs;

Pet:

 Just a Pet in the house.

Companion Dog:

A Companion Dog acts as a Companion for someone who either has a disability- physical or mental. They are more calm, placid and well behaved than a Pet dog. However, a Companion Dog does Not have any access rights to shopping centres, restaurants, cinema etc.

Ambassador Dog:

An Ambassador Dog is a dog that will still be apart of our organisation by attending fundraising events around the country or within it’s local area. You still have full ownership of the dog and are fully responsible for the dog’s health and welfare and also for all the financial aspects.

Retired Guide or Assistance Dog:

Guide and Assistance dogs usually retires from working life around the age of 10 years old. They are usually adopted out to family members of the previous owner but on occasion they do need to find their forever loving home to live comfortably in their retirement.  

Rehoming a Dog from us

When a dog is withdrawn, or career changed, from the training program it could be due to a variety of reasons and they are withdrawn from different stages of training.

Rehoming a Dog from us

Rehoming FAQs

Frequently asked questions about our rehoming programme.

Rehoming FAQs

Applications currently closed.

Our rehoming list is currently closed. Please keep an eye on our website and social media channels for updates.

Have any questions? Contact us today at: 1850 506 300 or email: support@guidedogs.ie

3 Week Training Programme

Our 3-week residential training programme involves you coming to our Training Centre where our team of expert Instructors will train you and your new partner on everyday skills, from crossing roads to using public transport, as well as dog handling, feeding, grooming and vet care.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Luke & Kain

Luke is still non-verbal but when I see him smiling down at Kain it shows me he doesn’t need words to express how happy he is.

Kim & Jango

Meeting Jango was one of the best moments of my life. He’s a beautiful big cuddly dog with the personality to match. From the moment I met him I knew we were going to be best buddies.

Shauna & Esme

When I needed a hand, I found a paw.

Conor & Quelda

When Conor is with Quelda he smiles and is comfortable being out and about which is such an amazing gift – we never leave home without her. She has changed all of our lives.

Aran & Buttons

Being a Guide Dog Owner is such a privilege and positive experience. Buttons has enhanced my life in so many ways and I will always be grateful for that.

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