Adoptable Pets

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.


Posted on 8/24/2016

Coal is a miniature poodle mix appoximately 5 years old.  He weighs 17 pounds give or take.  He's active and healthy and super sweet to those he knows.  He warms up to strangers after being properly introduced.  

His house manners are superperb.  He relaxes nicely and is housebroken.  Outdoors is different.  He is hyper-reactive to all stimulus and will run in circles and bark.  He won't stop until we call him to us and hold him.  He will come when called and will calm down if you hold him.  However he can never be allowed to stay outside in a yard unattended as he won't self regulate.  

ADHD and Autism are not commonly diagnosed in dogs, but he is a likely candidate for one if not the other.  He is extremely intellegent and loyal and loving.  




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Posted on 5/30/2019

Jetty is a 3 1/2 year old Black Labrador Retriever.  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% 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's grown accostomed 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.  

 Jetty LOVES people and craves attention.  She's 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's very healthy 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.  

Please not 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  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 7/3/2019

Scotty is a 10 lb  mixed breed appoximately 1.5 years old.  He appears to be a mix of either Maltese, Affenpinsher, poodle and/or possibly Scottish Terrier.  He can be a smidge shy at first but then he is very friendly and affectionate.  We recently discovered that he has a condition called "fly-biting seizures".  They are not severe at this time, but it is something that he will always have to be monitored for. He will do best in a home where someone has the time during the day to work on his manners and behaviors, as well.  We think he will need supervision when it comes to his house manners.  Scotty doesn't like to be left home alone.  He will scream and scratch at the door.  He's playful and sweet and is a very loving dog. If you live within 75 miles of our location in Malibu, please fill out our online application.  

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Posted on 9/6/2019

CJ is an 12-month-old,  58lb., neutered English Cream Golden Retriever.  He was brought into our program from a private owner at 4 months of age.  As he has been growing and maturing with us, we evaluated him for our Assistance Dogs Program, but he lacks the confidence we look for in public situations and travel in the car.  

CJ is the typical goofy and loving golden.  He is playful with other dogs and very attached to his people. CJ was not the easiest pup to raise and still has challenges with house manners.  He has become accustomed to having someone with him and the other dogs he lives with nearly all the time.  When he is not outside in the play yard with a trainer and dogs, he is inside enjoying the comforts of home. 

CJ does have a few quirks and therefore the type of home he would thrive in looks like this: an adequately sized fenced yard; a home with one young, playful dog; a dog parent that is home most of time and enjoys grooming and walking dogs.  CJ has some separation stress and would not do well being left at the groomers or being boarded away from home during family vacations.  

Golden Retrievers have the highest rate of cancer of all dog breeds so we do all we can to keep the environment around CJ as natural and free of commercial cleaners, soaps and other products with questionable ingredients both in the home and yard. Our preference is to match CJ with a dog parent(s) that is like-minded.

If you think you are the home for this young boy, please complete our online adoption application so that we can learn about you and address any questions or concerns.  Our application can be found under 'Dogs for Adoption' at  We are a small program that conducts Career Change Dog adoptions in the home so we keep placement of our dogs within 50 miles of Malibu, CA.

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Posted on 9/12/2019

Jojo is a 1 ½ yr. old 10lb., spayed, vaccinated and healthy Papillion/poodle mix. She was a rescue from the LA County shelter in Baldwin Park and evaluated for our Hearing Dog Program. While Jojo does not quite have the confidence to be a working dog, she will make someone a wonderful companion.

Jojo is sweet and affectionate and very vocal. She barks when she is excited, when company arrives, when she is spooked, when it is mealtime and when she plays with other dogs. She is housebroken if she is walked out to the backyard frequently and throughout the day to relieve herself. She is quite active and may do best with someone who enjoys playing with her during the day. She is crate trained for sleeping at night and because she always has a human with her, she does not require any confinement during the day.

Jojo enjoys playing with other dogs her size. She also tries to play with human toes and fingers. We think someone must have entertained her in this way. She rides ok in the car and will enjoy leash walks once she becomes familiar with the area she is walking. We believe she has had very little to no experience being with young children.

We do not know anything about her past except that she may have been living with someone who participated in backyard breeding. Jojo initially could not distinguish between where she lay/play and where she potty. We believe she (with other dogs) spent most of her time in confinement or in a small area where she did not learn the differences and even had to clean up after herself.

Jojo may be best suited for an experienced dog owner without young children or weekly visiting grandchildren. She is young and there is much she can learn and experience with the right handler. She is pretty cute and spunky and will make someone the perfect cuddly companion.

If you believe you are the right home for Jojo but have questions, please complete our online application first so we can best assist you. Our application can be found under ‘Dogs for Adoption' at Because we conduct our adoptions in the home, we are unable to place our Career Change Dogs outside of 50 miles from Malibu, CA.

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