Career Change Dogs



Who Our Adoptable Dogs?

Many of our available dogs are well-suited for another career.

Ridgeside K9 Foundation strives to help as many dogs as possible to graduate from our program. Sometimes, however, PTSD Support Dog life is not meant for every dog. Our dogs let us know when the time comes to be career changed and we find them jobs that suit their needs or loving homes as a pet. These “career change” dogs become available for adoption (if the families who raised them do not adopt them).

Each dog that enters our program has been through some form of basic training.  They have not been trained as or completed service dog training and may need additional behavior modification training. Dogs can be career-changed due to:

  • Unforeseen medical issues
  • Poor hip/joint evaluation
  • Personality or temperament not suitable for service work
  • Unable to meet standards that make excellent service dogs
  • Must be willing to travel to our facility to meet the career-change dog.

How To Apply For A Career Change Dog?

A Career Change Dog may not be used or represented as a service dog at any time. These dogs did not graduate from our service dog training program, and misrepresenting a dog is a violation of the adoption agreement and federal law. 

Adoption Application Form

This initial application is for those individuals looking to adopt a well-trained dog that didn’t make our emotional support dog program (i.e. career change). These dogs may be career changed for a variety of reasons including age, behavior issues, medical issues, or don’t like to do the work required to be a support dog.

Please Note: Due to the volume of applications, we are unable to respond to each one individually. After submitting your application, you will receive an email confirming we have received your application, we will then get you added to our waitlist. We DO NOT adopt our dogs on a first-come, first-served basis but rather try to match families to available dogs. We will be in contact when we think we have a match for you.


If you work or volunteer at a shelter and have a special dog that you think would be a good match for a veteran in need, submit a short video (less than 3 mins) and biography of the dog to the link below. Dogs must be: Rescued/shelter dogs, social, healthy, eager to please, good with other dogs and all people!

We will consider your rescued dog for our program once we have received all the information you can provide. There are no restrictions.


Our Career Change Dogs were lacking something needed to be successful in our program. These dogs may be unsuitable for service work but could be perfect for something else, including becoming a beloved family pet.