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ADOPT A CAREER CHANGE DOG

 

Paws with a Cause

ORGANIZATIONS

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.

INDIVIDUALS

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.

AVAILABILITY

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.

APPLY

If you would like to be considered for adopting a Career Change Dog as a family pet, please complete and submit the application below.

Adopt Career Change Dog


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Do you have children under the age of 18 living at home?
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Do you currently have a dog?
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What Breed?
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Do you have any other pets?
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Are any of your animals housed outside?
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Do you have a fenced yard?
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What provisions would you provide for the dog for bathroom breaks, playtime, etc?
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Is there anyone in your household with a disability?
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Please provide a brief description
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Has this person ever applied for an Assistance Dog from PAWS or another organization?
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Do you understand and agree that should you adopt a Career Change Dog from PAWS the dog would not be used to assist anyone in your household with their disability?
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Most PAWS Career Change Dogs are Labs or Golden Retrievers. However, we sometimes use other breeds, including small breed dogs. Do you have a preference for the breed or sex of the dog you wish to adopt?
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Age preferred
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Would you be willing to adopt a dog that has medical problems such as allergies, hip or elbow dysplasia, etc.?
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Most PAWS Career Change Dogs are placed through our National Headquarters in Wayland, MI. Once you are contacted about a Career Change Dog you must be willing to pick it up from the National Headquarters within 48 hours. If you do not live locally are you willing to travel to the National Headquarters to pick up the dog?
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How did you become aware of the Paws With A Cause Career Change Dog Adoption Program?
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Is there any additional information you would like to add?
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I am aware that a $350 fee must be paid when ownership of the dog is transferred.
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I am aware that PAWS Career Change Dogs are to be pets only and are not to be trained or utilized for any type of work, including but not limited to: Therapy, Social Support, etc.
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I am aware that after two refusals of adoption that my name will be removed from the Career Change adoption list and that I must reapply.
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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.  

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