Not all dogs born and entering our training programmes qualify as Guide or Assistance Dogs. From time to time we need to rehome dogs that have been withdrawn from training or retired from working life.
We’re passionate about dogs and committed to ensuring their proper care. For this reason, we have implemented an application process for our rehomed dogs.
- Over 18 years of age.
- Dog will not be left alone for long periods (more than four hours in any 24 hours).
- Accept responsibility for all future costs in relation to the dog.
- You have a fully enclosed garden.
- All children in the home are least five years of age.
- They will live inside, day and night, and will get regular exercise.
- Check the criteria above before applying.
- If eligible, complete and return the application form.
- The Rehoming Officer will contact you within three working days.
- If your application is successful, you will be placed on a waiting list.
- A house visit will be arranged to ensure your property is suitable, i.e. enclosed garden.
- Once we have a dog that potentially matches your requirements, we’ll contact you to arrange a visit to our Training Centre where you will meet the dog.
- If the introduction is successful, paperwork will be completed and you may take home your new four-legged, furry friend.
- The Rehoming Officer will contact you by phone to check that the dog is settling in after two days and after two weeks.
- The Rehoming Officer is available for contact by email or telephone to support and address any issues after this period.
Types of dogs available
Companion Dogs (€500 suggested donation)
From time to time we have dogs which are suitable for children and adults with learning and physical disabilities. We call these dogs Companion Dogs. They are not trained to do any tasks, they are purely for company.
However, for someone with a disability the companionship these dogs provide can make a significant contribution to their well-being.
It’s important to note that Companion Dogs do not have any access rights.
Retired Guide Dogs (€250 suggested donation)
A Guide Dog usually retired from its working life between 9 to 11 years of age. It is common for the Guide Dog to remain with their owner, or their family or close friends that the dog is familiar with.
However, from time to time this is not possible and the retired Guide Dog needs to be rehomed with a new loving family. Retired Guide Dogs have spent most of their lives with constant human companionship and as a result they can become distressed if left alone too frequently or for long periods of time
Ambassador Dogs (applicants must be existing Volunteers)
When dogs are withdrawn from our training programmes as Guide and Assistance Dogs they still have an opportunity to make a enormous contribution to the organisation by working as an Ambassador.
Ambassador Dogs are rehomed with our existing Volunteers all over the country and go with their Volunteer Owner to visit schools, companies and fundraising events. These dogs interact with the public and raise awareness and funds for our work.
Check out our Rehoming FAQ by clicking the button below!