Unsuccessful / Retired Dogs
Guide Dogs SA/NT is a premium service provider in the disability sector. We use our expertise with dogs and in sensory service provision to enhance the quality of life of individuals living with a disability and their families.
The Guide Dog Services department provides Guide Dogs to people who are blind or vision impaired, Autism Assistance Dogs to families of children with autism, and Pets as Therapy Dogs as companions to individuals living with a disability or disorder.
We have a small number of unsuccessful or retired dogs available to members of the public for purchase throughout the year. Due to demand, Guide Dogs SA can only provide dogs to people living in South Australia.
How old are the dogs that are available to purchase?
Unsuccessful dogs normally become available around 12 to 18 months of age. This is when the dogs are being assessed to determine if they are suitable to undergo formal training.
Retired dogs normally become available around 8 to 11 years of age. Some dogs may retire earlier if they have a medical condition which precludes them from continuing to work.
How much do these dogs cost to purchase?
These dogs vary in price and range from $2,200 to $6,600, depending on the level and amount of training they have received.
If you choose to purchase one of our dogs, payment for the dog must be made before the trial period and a full refund will be returned if you choose not to purchase the dog after this period. Costs for our beautiful dogs do vary depending on the age of the dog, how much training the dog has received to date, and if there are any health issues or on-going care required.
Are these dogs desexed?
Dogs at point of sale are desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, and on preventative treatments for heartworm, intestinal worms and fleas.
How long will I have to wait to get a dog?
When a dog becomes available, the entire waiting list is examined to find the best possible match between the dog and the applicant.
There is no number order with applications, we seek to create the best match for the dog and the person. We also can't control the supply for our dogs as we cant anticipate dogs that are not suitable for the program, or whether retired working dogs will need to be re-housed. Therefore our waitlist can fluctuate and can take up to a year or more.
Unsuccessful dogs are available more frequently than retired dogs, as clients and/or their families are given first option to keep the retired dog.
Who can apply to purchase a dog?
We only place our dogs in a home where they will have human companionship for most of the day; this includes living and sleeping inside as part of the family.
Our dogs are not suitable as your pet if you plan on leaving them alone for more than four hours a day. These dogs have been raised to be around people for the majority of the day, and leaving them without human companionship for long periods may result in anxiety and destructive behaviours.
How will I know if this is the right dog for me?
You will be given an opportunity to view any dog offered to you before purchasing, and in most cases, a two week trial period is provided.
If you choose to purchase the dog, payment will be due prior to finalisation and receipt of the dog. Payments can be made by cheque, credit card or bank transfer.
What equipment is provided?
For your two week trial period, you will be provided with the following equipment:
• Collar and lead
• Dog bed
• Food/water bowl
• Food (Advance dry food)
• Toy/s suitable for that particular dog
This equipment must be returned to Guide Dogs SA/NT on the day of sale.
Applying for an unsuccessful/retired dog
Please note that due to high demand applications for unsuccessful /retired dogs are currently closed. Please check back here for further updates.