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. Some are rescued from shelters where 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.

Coal 2021

Posted on 6/28/2018


Coal is an 8ish year old Miniature Poodle/Schnauzer/Silky/Yorkie/Water Hound mix (we ran a DNA test).  He weighs approximately 17 pounds.  He is a very friendly and loving dog.  He is playful and smart and funny. Coal is also extremely energetic.  He gets overly excited by people and critters outside and likes to run in circles and bark intensley.  He will do this until a human interrupts the behavior.  He has what we in the industry call "impulse control issues'.  Basically they are sudden reaction or outburst of barking and chasing of things that are his triggers.  In the house he settles down nicely and isn’t nearly as reactive because he can't see out the windows.  

Coal recently had to have an MRI and it showed that he had a small stroke.  The doctor said it rare and that it is unlikely for it to happen again.  He has recovered from it and is back to to his active normal self. 

Please note that we only adopt our Career Change Dogs to homes within approximately 50 miles from our location in Malibu, CA.  If you are interest in adopting Coal, please fill out our online application found under 'Dogs for Adoption' at www.samsimonfoundation.com  If we think he is a good match with your application, someone will contact you to arrange a meet and greet.  



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JuJu Jax

Posted on 2/2/2021

Jax is a small 4 ish year old, black and white curly haired mixed breed dog.  We think he is Poodle and Shih Tzu, but we’re not sure. 

He is a rather laid back sweet dog.  We think he had been pampered in the past but somehow he lost his pamperer and is looking for a new one. 

Jax is living with other dogs but he has been in a few fights.  He is the one that starts them.  Usually because he wants all of the attention or because they accidentally stepped on him.  We don’t recommend adopting him to a home with another dog for that reason.  It wouldn’t be fair to the other dog plus Jax wants to be the only sun and moon for his peeps. 

He appears to be healthy.  He is definitely not housebroken but we think with supervision he could be.  He walks nicely on leash but he will bark intensely at other dogs that we pass.  He also sometimes just stops walking and needs to be carried.  He loves to be carried and held so that part is easy.

He definitely does not like to be alone.  He will cry and sometimes even gets an upset stomach because of it.  We’re looking for a home with homebody that wants a lap dog.  

Please note that we only adopt our Career Change Dogs to homes within approximately 50 miles from our location in Malibu, CA.  If you are interest in adopting Jax, please fill out our online application found under 'Dogs for Adoption' at www.samsimonfoundation.com  Someone will contact you to arrange a meet and greet IF we think heis a good match with your application.

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Posted on 5/30/2019

Jetty is a 4 year old Black Labrador Retriever. Jetty LOVES people and craves attention. She is not used to being alone so we are looking for home where she can be with her person or people most of the time. She will play fetch as long as you're willing to throw the toy. She is very healthy (see below regarding her occluder) and would make a great jogging companion. Socially she prefers to stay home. Going to the park isn't fun for her. She likes to have company come to her house and socialize there. She is what we call skiddish. She is easily startled by quick movements and thinks she going to be struck. She has never been hit, but she acts like she has been. This is a genetic fear that will never fully go away. A quieter home would be best for her.

She was born with a genetically inherited condition called eptopic ureters. This meant that urine passed straight through her bladder causing her to be incontinent (she leaks urine).  She has undergone two different surgeries plus a trial procedure at UC Davis. The last surgery was to implant a mechanical occluder. This is an artificial sphincter. We have achieved as much continence as we can without causing her a total blockage. We consider her 90 percent continent. She will leak a small amount of urine if her bladder is full and she moves suddenly.  She will submissively urinate sometimes, but that is not a health issue. That is a fear issue.

Jetty is an indoor dog and she is housebroken. We will not adopt her to anyone wanting an outdoor dog. She has grown accustomed to the comforts of indoor living.  She wears stylish diapers in the house if we think she might be leaking. We also mop a lot. 
Other than the occluder, Jetty is in perfect health. She is sweet and active and playful. She gets along with dogs she knows but will bark at dogs she sees at a distance. She has no experience with cats or other animals.

Please note that we only adopt our Career Change Dogs to homes within approximately 50 miles from our location in Malibu, CA. If you are interest in adopting Jetty, please fill out our online application found under Dogs for Adoption at www.samsimonfoundation.com Someone will contact you to arrange a meet and greet if we think she is a good match with your application.

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Posted on 6/7/2021

Lilah is a 1 1/2-year-old spayed petite lab mix.  She weighs 51lbs. and is current on all vaccinations. She was found in a park along with another dog we believe is a littermate.  Both dogs are very energetic and friendly. 

Lilah was started in training to be a Hearing Dog.  In addition, she has been in public situations nearly daily for socialization.  We have decided to 'career change' her to be someone's companion pet because she is too enthusiastic and energetic to be Hearing Dog. 

 Lilah is a wonderful retriever and loves to run after her toys for someone. She is sweet, friendly, good with other sweet dogs, and enjoys kids.  She is exuberant in her affection, so we prefer not to place her with a family that has young kids.  Even though she is petite, she is strong in showing her love. 

 Lilah is crate trained for nighttime sleep which is essentially where we sleep and she is does settle nicely indoors.  She knows when it is time to find a spot and sleep. She is very much a house dog. 

 Lilah will do best with someone who is very active.  She will not be ideal for the person or family that needs a dog to be content home alone while everyone is at work or school or off doing other daily activities that do not include the dog.  

 For more information on Miss Lilah, please complete our Career Change Dog application first so we can better address your questions or concerns.  We are a very small program and conduct our adoptions in the adoptive homes. Therefore, we prefer to keep our travel to 50 miles or less--one way--from Malibu. Thank you for your understanding. 


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Posted on 6/16/2021

Jasper is a 1 ½ year old poodle/shih tzu/something else mix.  He weighs 10 lbs. and is neutered and vaccinated—healthy guy!  He does appear to have some seasonal allergy itch.  A bit of chewing on his feet and scratching but is easily interrupted and stops.  He has received (2) Cytopoint injections (safe and effective antibody shot) since we have had him.  They are administered by the vet and costs about $25.

Jasper was adopted from a local animal shelter and brought into training to become a Hearing Dog.  He was ‘career changed’ to companion pet before he could get beyond ‘basics’ in our training.  He has had some in-store socialization but over-all, too timid with loud sounds.  His also lacks bravery with grooming and is quite fearful of the grooming shears.  He has shown some improvement since we have had him but will need this to continue with an experienced, kind and patient groomer.

Jasper is sweet, affectionate, playful, enjoys his cuddles, and shows his enthusiasm occasionally with a case of the ‘zoomies’. He lives with all sizes of dogs and plays at times but prefers people.  He has met a cat and spent time with a gently toddler. He loves neighborhood walks and riding in someone’s lap in the car. He is crate trained and rarely barks.

If you think he might be a match for you and/or you have additional questions, please complete our online application so we can best assist you.

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