Adopt a Pet Dog
About Our “Career Change” Dogs
A significant portion of the dogs that SDI rescues graduate. However, those that don’t are released from training as potential pets. A service dog faces a constant flow of new situations and people that pet dogs rarely encounter. If a dog is not comfortable with this work we never force it. Once we are sure it’s best for the dog, it is released for adoption. We never return a dog to the shelter — we find them home. It’s a career change for them, from Service Dog in-training to pet dog in your family.
Our dogs are selected from shelters because they are people focused, responsive to training, eager to please and friendly. Each begins basic obedience training and released dogs are usually identified in the first three months of training. These dogs continue obedience work while they are at SDI. The reasons we release a dog can vary but recent examples include fear of thunder, reactivity to cats, nervousness in public situations and mild hip dysplasia.
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!
Check out our available dogs below or visit our Petfinder page for more info!
Hello friends, my name is Gypsy!
I’ve been told I look like a Westie mix, but whose to say for sure; regardless of my breed, I am totally adorable! I’m the cutest fuzzball you have ever seen…and I am also quite humble!!
I just had a Birthday in November and turned 3 years old, so I am a full grown pupper!
I came to SDI to be trained as a Hearing Dog, but I’m a bit too reactive for this kind of job. I am not a real big fan of other dogs, and would prefer a home where I am the sole object of affection for my humans and can be pampered like the beautiful princess that I am!
I’m equally energetic as I am cuddly. After I play, I love a good snuggle and belly rub!
I’m clean overnight in the kennels, and that seems to make the trainers very happy. I also know sit, and am learning a down, but haven’t quite nailed it just yet. I’m up to date on all my shots and I’m micro-chipped as well.
If you think you might be interested in meeting me, I would absolutely love to meet you!… Just fill out an Adoption Application through the link at the bottom of this page. + please mention my name in the application.
Hopefully we will meet soon!! Excited to hear from you!
Thanks so much!
I’m a Border Collie mix, around two years old and I’m pure fun!
I like people, dogs and cats alike. I love to play with toys and I’m good entertaining myself, I love to walk and training, so going back to school would be nice.
I know my basic behaviors; sit, down, place, I walk nicely on leash, and I’m crate trained.
If you want a fun sweet dog and never be bored again check me out!