Adopt a Career Change Dog
About Our “Career Change” Dogs
No dogs currently up for adoption
We release dogs from training for various reasons including fear of thunder, reactivity to cats, nervousness in public situations and mild hip dysplasia.
We never return a dog to a shelter – we commit to finding it a loving pet home.
Career Change Dogs are people focused, interested in learning, eager to please and friendly because that’s why we selected them in the first place. They have had at least three months of basic obedience training and are current on all vaccines and heartworm/flea preventative.
These are not service dogs, but they can be wonderful pets and companions. If you’re interested in one of our pet dogs, please read the requirements and process below.
Requirements to adopt:
- Adopters must be at least 21
- Able to visit our Training Center in Dripping Springs to meet the dog
- A fenced yard or reasonable exercise area
- Commitment to humane care as stated in the adoption contract
- Access to shelter and the home – the dog may not be kept solely as an outside dog
- Agreement the dog will be a family pet and will not be used as a service dog
Process to adopt:
- View our available dogs below
- Submit an adoption application online
- Answer follow-up questions from SDI by email or phone
- Attend a Meet-and-Greet at our site in Dripping Springs
- You get a chance to meet the dog and get acquainted
- All family members and dogs should attend
- Home visit – take the dog to your home for 5-7 days, enough time for the dog to relax in your home so you can see what day-to-day life partnership will be like.
- Sign the adoption agreement and pay the adoption fee. The fee is $300-$500 (depending on the level of training) and helps SDI recover a portion of the evaluation, medical and training expense invested in each dog.
- Plan to take your dog to obedience training to build your relationship and help the dog learn what is expected in his new family. Choose a training program that emphasizes positive reinforcement and building a relationship with your dog. This continues the approach used during training at SDI — and you will probably be the star of your class!