Pets and retired dogs
While Guide Dogs play a life-changing role in supporting people with blindness and vision impairment, many of our dogs continue to offer the same safety, support and companionship after they change careers.
These dogs are called ‘retired’ or ‘career change dogs’: that is, those who have finished their time as working Guide Dogs, and dogs with unique personalities or other traits that mean they haven’t fully graduated from their Guide Dog training.
Career change dogs are paired mostly with people who are already receiving services or supports from Guide Dogs. With their calming presence and unique training, career change dogs can bring a sense of support and friendship to both individuals and families. They also offer the benefit of encouraging regular exercise through walking and playing.
Retired Dogs can make wonderful pets when there’s a perfect match between each dog and their new forever-family.