Hi,
My name is Brenda and I'm looking to adopt a retired therapy dog. I live alone on the mountain in N C and would love a Buddy to share my life with. Haven't had any luck as of yet. Can you help me? 828-369-8152 or (Email Removed)
Kind regards,
Brenda Estes Bush
Most therapy dogs that I know (mine included) are family pets whose owners visit facilities with them. I can't imagine giving her up when she retires. Perhaps you mean service dog, like a seeing eye dog? That might be a different situation. I wish you luck.
Sue and Atty
Most therapy dogs that I know (mine included) are family pets whose owners visit facilities with them. I can't imagine ... Perhaps you mean service dog, like a seeing eye dog? That might be a different situation. I wish you luck.

And even those tend to be kept as pets when they "retire". Perhaps the OP means a service dog who didn't quite make the program standards?

Janet Boss
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Most therapy dogs that I know (mine included) are family pets whose owners visit facilities with them. I can't imagine ... Perhaps you mean service dog, like a seeing eye dog? That might be a different situation. I wish you luck.

This isn't the first such request that I have heard this week.

Who wouldn't want to adopt a dog with demonstrable manners? I'm not sure why it seems so difficult to train a dog the basics - enough to get a CGC or a therapy designation (with obedience classes, of course) but I wonder about the idea is that a good dog will come into your life and remain good with no work or continuing education.

I know it's possible (we have a friend who rescued a perfect dog and she remains perfect for no good reason) but it isn't entirely likely.
Perhaps you mean service dog, like a seeing eye dog? That might be a different situation.

The lady who works at the pet store is a puppy raiser for Guiding Eyes. It is my understanding that the puppy raisers get first crack at taking back a dog they raised, after retirement, should the person they assisted choose not to keep them.
Suja
Perhaps you mean service dog, like a seeing eye dog? That might be a different situation.

The lady who works at the pet store is a puppy raiser for Guiding Eyes. It is my understanding that the puppy raisers get first crack at taking back a dog they raised, after retirement, should the person they assisted choose not to keep them.

Some agencies do not allow you to keep the retired dog while partnered with a new one. They tend to have several people waiting to introduce them to life as pets the one I know retired to the parents of the handler. So it's not completely off-base for a retired service dog to be rehomed it's just that you probably have to have an "in" with someone who happens to also know that you're the most perfectest dog-home on the planet when a dog becomes available...

If you really need to email me, mow the lawn.