Action Tips: Adopt A Former Service Dog

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Dogs make some of the best friends anyone could ask for. So when thinking about owning one, adopting is a GREAT idea (especially because shelters are overcrowded). If you’re lookin’ for a super obedient and lovable new dog, bring home a retired service dog or one that wants to make a “career-change.” They’re well-trained, not to mention beyond cute.

  1. Discuss it. This is a big (life-changing!) decision. Make sure your parents, siblings, roommates, etc. are chill with adopting a dog. And that everyone involved understands the responsibilities that come with being a pet owner.
  2. Do your research. There are  many reputable orgs (Guide Dogs of America, Canine Champions, and Freedom Service Dogs, Guide Dogs for the Blind, etc.) that are looking for loving homes for these beautiful dogs. Find out which ones are accepting adoption applications.
  3. Fill out the paperwork. You'll be notified after your application has been reviewed and a match has been made.
  4. Travel to the dog training campus. You'll be required to travel to the campus (some places within a week) of notification that a potentially suitable dog is available.  
  5. Bond with your new dog!

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