Reclassified Dogs What is a reclassified dog?
Due to the specific and exceptionally high standards required in successful Guide Dog work, some puppies are not suited to the intensive Guide Dog training process
Although some may not have the traits required of working Guide Dogs, they do have many skills and the social attributes that may lead to an alternative career – through which they may provide support and independence to others in a wide variety of ways.
We take great care to ensure that our dogs’ ongoing health and welfare is considered before we place any of them into a new home.
Priority for our reclassified dogs is given to identifying an alternative role through which they can support a new handler’s independence.
If such a role cannot be identified, we will then look for a suitable family ‘forever’ home.
In the case where one of our dogs is reclassified as a pet, priority will be given to people who support our ongoing efforts to enable Victorians, who are blind or have low vision, to achieve a life without limits (e.g. Major donors, Puppy Raisers, Breeding Stock Guardians, etc.).
PLEASE NOTE: Unless specified due to the nature of any ongoing role, our reclassified dogs do not have the same access rights as a Guide Dog/puppy in training or a working Guide Dog.