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 8/24/2016
Coal is a 3-4 year old Miniature Poodle we initially rescued to enter our Hearing Dog Program. Coal is very sweet, playful and energetic but needs an experienced home. He is easily excitable by visible activity such as dogs, gardeners and general. He would be most successful living in quiet home with very little visual 'triggers' more typical of a privately fenced backyard. His house manners are generally good and he can be both calm and relaxed indoors. He is comfortably crate trained and will run in when directed. Coal seems to be more interested in bonding with adults than kids although he doesn’t mind receiving affection from anyone. He is not going to be the right fit for someone looking for a playmate for their primary dog; he prefers people. If you are interested in learning more about Coal, please fill out our online application under the link ‘Dogs for Adoption’ at samsimonfoundation.com so we can better answer your questions. Although we are looking for the right forever home for Coal, we will also consider a long term foster commitment for him as well.
Posted on 12/9/2016
Cocolette is an 11 year old Toy Poodle. She is sweet and friendly with adults, but she does not like children. She has some allergies and a crooked hind leg. Her inability to get enough exercise has created a challenge of keeping her weight down. She will need a home with the finances necessary to deal with her physical issues and a home without children under the age of approximately 10. If you are interested, please fill out our online application.
Posted on 6/8/2017
Flash is a 13 year young Border Collie/Flat Coat Retreiver-ish mix. He worked as a loyal Service Dog for a person with a profound hearing loss for over 11 1/2 years. He is now ready to enjoy his retirement with a new family. He is very healthy and still quite active. He's housebroken, walks nicely on leash, and is very well socialized. If you would like more information about adopting him, please fill out our online application.
Posted on 8/23/2017
Jazz is a 4 year old Yellow Lab mix that came to us originally at 6 months of age from an LA County Shelter. He was trained to be a PTSD Service Dog and placed with a war veteran for 2 years as his Service Dog before life circumstances changed and Jazz was returned to us. Jazz is a wonderful, sweet, affectionate dog and because he is also quite energetic dog that loves to keep busy, we decided to begin working with him on training as a Hearing Dog. We have recently decided to release him from this training and place him as a companion pet. He does have food sensitivities and can only eat specific foods. He also suffers with the occasional ear infection and itchy skin from seasonal pollens that we have been able to quickly resolve for him. Any person or family that is interested in meeting Jazz should have the financial means and desire to provide the exercise, diet and care Jazz needs to live comfortably. He truly is a special dog!
Posted on 9/19/2017
Moxi is a 1 yr old, 12 lb. possible Doxi/Papillon Mix. While her breed mix seems a bit ambiguous, we all agree here that she is 100% cute! Adopted from a local shelter to enter our Hearing Dog program, Moxi proved to be extremely enthusiastic for the classroom work but just does not love the public work as equally. She reluctantly gets into the car to drive over the canyons and has only expresses mild interest in walking with us through places like the mall, Costco, Target, etc. When we have a dog that simply does not enjoy some of the aspects of being a working dog, we "career change' them so that they can enjoy just being someone's companion. Moxi seems to love everyone she meets and gets along very well with other dogs. Her house manners have vastly improved while we have had her (chewing, housebreaking) but she is a young dog and training always needs to be ongoing. If you are interested in making Moxi a forever member of your family, please fill out our online application so we can better address questions or concerns . Due to staff constraints, we are only able to place our adoptable dogs within 50 miles of Malibu, CA.