PAWS works diligently to find alternative working careers for our Career Change Dogs. Due to this and our current waiting list, we are not able to accept career change requests for family pets at this time.
If you are affiliated with an organization that trains other types of working dogs such as arson, narcotics, or explosives detection dogs, or crisis response dogs and would be interested in evaluating PAWS Career Change Dogs, please contact PAWS directly at 800-253-7297.
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. Most dogs career changed from the PAWS program become arson, narcotics, or explosives detection dogs, crisis response dogs, or work for police departments.
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.