What is a Career Change Dog?
Our professional trainers carefully select our dogs by evaluating them for temperament, health and eagerness to please. They are rescued from shelters where they are at risk for euthanasia. They enter a rigorous training program to become Hearing Dogs for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Not all of our outstanding dogs can meet the demands of becoming a Certified Assistance Dog, thus the need for a "Career Change". They are, however, still winners, and make wonderful pets. Many are already housebroken and some know basic obedience commands. In short, these "near misses" make wonderful companions. We can help match you with a lifelong canine companion.
Posted on 3/2/2019
Malia is a 1 1/2 year old spayed Golden Retriever. She came to us from a local animal shelter and has been with us since last summer. Malia is very sweet, affectionate and playful--particularly with other dogs. She has a moderate to lower energy level and enjoys being with her family pack. Malia was adopted by our program for consideration in our Service Dog Program, but she has not been able to overcome motion sickness nor has she learned to enjoy car rides. She is content being 'at home': walks in the neighborhood and hanging in the house with her family.
Malia will do best with a family that is home more days than gone and currently spends their downtime being home versus a lifestyle that includes regular activities away from home. This family should also have the means (financial or otherwise) to provide in-home and or overnight care for a dog when travel is necessary rather than relying on board and care away from home.
We are a small program that conducts adoptions in the homes of our adoptive families. Preference is given to those that live within 50 miles of Malibu. If you believe Malia may be a fit for your family, please complete an application found on our website: www.samsimonfoundation.com and go the page: Dogs for Adoption. We will reply back within 48 hours.