Dogs that are unable to complete training as an Assistance Dog for Paws With A Cause are career changed. This means PAWS tries to find another working career for these dogs whenever possible. Some dogs career changed from PAWS program become working dogs for police departments, Leader Dogs for the Blind and Crisis Response Dogs. If you are affiliated with an organization that trains these types of dogs and would be interested in evaluating PAWS Career Change Dogs, please contact PAWS directly.
If PAWS determines a dog is not suited for another career, we will place the dog in a home as a family pet. It is important to note that these dogs are not to be trained or utilized for any other type of work, including, but not limited to; therapy, social support or other Assistance Dog work. These may be dogs that are unable to complete training for medical reasons such as allergies or hip dysplasia or may have a behavioral problem which is not suitable for an Assistance Dog or for placement with a person with a disability.
If you have a disability and it is your hope that a PAWS Career Change Dog may help you in some manner, please reconsider. Our experienced staff has determined these dogs are not suited to work in any capacity. Additionally, these dogs career change at various levels of our program, therefore, there is no guarantee made of any training the dog has received or how the dog will behave in your home.
These dogs are placed on a first come, first serve basis. PAWS will contact you when a dog becomes available for adoption, which may be a 3-5 year wait. We ask that new owners make arrangements to pick up their dog from PAWS National Headquarters within 48 hours. PAWS collects a $350 adoption fee when ownership is transferred.
If you would like to be considered for adopting a Career Change Dog as a family pet, please complete and submit the application below.
Please contact PAWS immediately if you are no longer interested in adopting a Career Change Dog or if your contact information changes so we can update our records.