Career Change Adoptable Dogs

ABOUT CAREER CHANGE DOGS

  

Many dogs go through the 4 Paws 2 Freedom program each year. For a variety of reasons, not all the dogs that enter our program will go on to become service dogs. Some dogs will be making a change in career; and we are committed to finding the perfect forever homes for these dogs. 

The most common reasons dog are released from our program are either medical reasons (such as allergies, cataracts, hip or elbow dysplasia) or behavioral reasons (such as high activity level, incompatibility with cats or other dogs, assertiveness requiring strong handler leadership).  Some of these dogs may not be suitable for home with young children or other pets.

Obedience and agility competitors, search and rescue trainers, tracking enthusiasts and others in dog-related fields are encouraged to apply!

These dogs are not suitable for service dog work.


  

Adoption Criteria:

  • Adoption is only open to those living in Northern California.
  • Adopters are required to pay a $800 Adoption fee at the time of adoption.
  • Interested adopters and their families must be willing to travel, at their own expense, to our Rancho Cordova, California campus within a week of being notified by our Dog Placement team that a potentially suitable dog is available.  In particular, children under the age of 10 needs to accompany their parents, to ensure the dog will be a good family match.


It is strongly recommended that any dog already in the household also come to the campus to meet the new dog on neutral ground and to improve the likelihood of a smooth transition.


  

Adopters must be willing to do the following:

  • Purchase an extra large size create for use in the transition to the new home.
  • Work with the medical or behavioral needs of the available dog.
  • Attend dog training classes appropriate to the temperament of the new dog. Career change dogs often need further training or behavior modification
  • Have either a fully fenced area or kennel run at least 6 feet in height. 

  

Adoption Process


If you meet the adoption criteria, the steps in the application are easy.


1. Complete the online application 

2. If we have questions or need further information from you we will contact you by phone. The volume of applications we receive does not permit responses to individual inquiries about the status of an application. Applicants not selected for adoption consideration will be notified by letter.

3. We will contact you by phone if and when we have a dog that may be suitable for you. At that time, you’ll receive a detailed description of the dog, including the reason it was career changed from the program, what it’s current needs are, etc.

4. If you are interested, we will arrange an appointment for you to come to our campus and meet the dog. We ask that you bring your family and any dog already in the household. It typically takes about two hours to show a dog. If all parties agree that it looks like a good match, the paperwork is done, adoption fee paid and the dog can go home at that time. 

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We have no Career Change Dogs Available at this time

Please complete and submit the application below.  We will contact you when we have a Career Change dog available that we feel might be a good match for you.