The blind and visually impaired dogs listed below are in shelters and rescue groups throughout the United States and Canada. They are listed as a courtesy and are not affiliated with Blind Dog Rescue Alliance. BDRA has not evaluated these dogs, and makes no guarantees to their temperament.
If you are interested in adopting any of these dogs, please contact the shelter or rescue directly.
Wesley (I am vision impaired)
Please contact Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue or Patty via email: email@example.com Glendale, AZ
Meet Wesley, a 3 year old neutered chocolate Lab in Phoenix, Arizona that is almost completely blind and still adjusting to his condition. He was purchased from a breeder as a young pup, but due to a congenital condition called Osteochondrodyslplasia (OCD), or dwarfism, his legs are shorter than a typical Lab and he has cataracts resulting in blindness. At a recent eye examination, the specialist concluded that his vision cannot be repaired and he needs daily eye drops.
Wesley will require monitoring because he is not fully adapted to his blindness and he bumps into things, but it doesn’t deter him from exploring his surroundings. He is friendly to all humans and enjoys being petted, but he is stubborn and controlling when he has something of value to him, whether it be a treat, toy or something he scavenged from the trash and refuses to let go. Wesley has been evaluated by a professional dog behaviorist and it was determined that he is a good dog just one with a stubborn nature. He needs a confident leader who can work with his quirks.
To discuss whether your home is right for Wesley please contact his rescue advocate Patty at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue typically adopts within the State of Arizona. Once an adoption application is submitted, applicants will be interviewed and a home visit will be conducted. Learn more at http://dlrrphoenix.org.
Mickey (I am vision and hearing impaired)
Please contact Dee at email@example.com Charlottesville, VA
Mickey is a small retriever mix, blonde and white colors, medium length coat, about 40 lbs and about 8 yrs old. He’s quiet, smart, sweet, and he appreciates petting and attention. He has some vision and hearing issues, so he does much better in a quiet familiar setting. He doesn’t like a lot of activity and confusion, this frightens him. He’s dog friendly after proper introductions, good with adults, but probably shouldn’t be around small children, as they can be unpredictable. He enjoys his food and does not like to be bothered while eating. He’s a good leash walker and would really enjoy having daily walks with his people. He has some hearing loss, but does respond to voices and noises, and relies on scent and knowing his people to feel comfortable. He’s a special needs boy, but will be a wonderful pet in the right home. Please email Dee at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, and/or to meet this sweet boy.
Anthony (I am blind)
Please contact Second Chance Sheltie Rescue St. Louis, MO
This little cutie pie is Anthony! Anthony is an 8 week old male Sheltie/Chihuahua puppy.
He is fully blind but does have hearing. Just 3 pounds, will be very small. Very outgoing and friendly. Mother and siblings were fostered in a home environment and received good physical care and lots of enrichment. Click here to watch a video of Anthony.
Bear (I am blind)
Please contact email@example.com Sacramento, CA
Bear (ID#A518323) is quirky fella, who is learning to get around now that he is blind. He has just completed a 6 week training course that focuses on Canine Good Citizenship. When adopted, his new owner can take him to get the actual test and Bear will be certified. Bear would prefer an adult only household. He gets along with other dogs, and can be apprehensive of strangers. He does better when you talk to him first so that he knows you are there.
Bear loves his food, loves his grooming, and loves his foster person. It would be nice to find someone who wants to invest in the time and/or financing necessary to keep his Maltese long hair beautiful. Mostly he’s looking for someone who will accept his behavioral quirks and keep him clean, medicated and loved.
Bear is currently in foster care. If you are interested in meeting Bear, please contact the K9 foster and rescue team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember to leave a phone number and the animal ID number.
Biscuit (I am vision impaired)
Please contact Texoma Dog Rescue Denison, TX
Biscuit is a 2 yr old yellow lab mix. He is transitioning from a sighted dog to blindness. He can still see some shadows and reacts to certain colors (orange). He is more comfortable in the presence of people. Biscuit like to play with people and with toys, but he since he is still in transition he startles easily and needs a home that can help to transition him into a dog with blindness.
Barklee (I am blind)
Please contact Lake Humane Society Mentor, OH
Barklee is a 7-year-old, blind Pit Bull mix available for adoption here at LHS. Barklee has been with us for 9 months and prior to that he spent over 3 years in a shelter located in Youngstown, Ohio. If that isn’t sad enough, Barklee’s life before spending 4 years in shelters was even more heartbreaking. He spent his days tied up in a yard with little to no socialization. This sweet, blind boy has never known a true home or family. We are determined to change that!
Barklee needs a family who will be patient and help him continue to learn and grow more comfortable with new experiences. He gets along with other dogs (pending visit) and has been doing so well getting know new people! Our staff and volunteers work with him daily to continue to socialize him and get him used to new experiences (hikes with other dogs, car rides, home visits, etc.) Barklee’s progress is a testament to the compassion and dedication of our team. Barklee has come such a long way and we are so proud of him!
Pugsly (I am blind)
Please contact Cry for Help Rescue Woodridge, IL (Chicago)
Male senior Pug needs an understanding home. Blind and deaf but loves belly rubs. Contact Laura Cotton with Cry for Help in Chicago at 630.352.9293 or Laurie.email@example.com.
Vicki (I am blind)
Adult (6y 10mo)-Female-Medium
Please contact Plainfield Area Human Society Plainfield, NJ
Vicki is a gorgeous brindled terrier mix who’s spent more than half her 6+ years at PAHS, after being surrendered as “unwanted.” She can be nervous and nippy if surprised, but once she knows someone kind is there, she’s quick to sidle up for snuggles and kisses — she loves to love. She enjoys going on walks and runs in her very Vicki way, especially in a big open space where she has room to roam. She’d do best in a quiet home without other animals and with a person experienced with blind dogs. She’ll need extra patience and help with house-training and leash-walking, but we think the time will be well worth it! We’re already seeing improvement as she’s been working with one of our amazing volunteers who specializes in blind dogs (she has 2 herself!). She’s a real sweetheart who desperately needs to get out of the shelter and into a less-restrictive environment she can call her home.
Sheba (I am blind)
Adult (6y 10mo)-Female-Large
Please contact Center County Paws State College, Pa
Sheba is still in need of a home as of November/2019
Slip on your satin and slippers, ’tis I, the Queen of Sheba! Contrary to the historical deity who preferred lying and being fanned, I like being held and cuddled. Pretty sure she would stoop to rubs of her belly too if she just rolled over and gave it a chance. I can just see her rear left leg all a jiggle with pleasure when that “spot” is hit. Anyway, I love everybody and everything. I have dwelt with cats and we are good to go. Let’s paws here for some truth in advertising. I am a little blind girl. So it could be that I just don’t react to any perception of cats. I enjoy considerate, gentle children a great deal and I love other dogs. I am house trained. I am living at the center getting all up to speed on the latest and greatest-if not always the truth-canine gossip. Some of those pups can really weave a long tall tail. Please come visit any time the center is open. I think I could be just the company you deserve.
Lucas (I am Blind)
Adult- Male – Small
Please contact DFW Tzus & More Rescue, Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
My name is Lucas Hoge, I am a Shih Tzu mix, probably with poodle, who weighs about 10 pounds and I am a special-needs dog. I am blind and need a special home. I am pretty much like a normal dog but I need a lot of normalcy in my life. I need a home that’s going to be a little more slow paced, meaning no swimming pools, no children under the age of 15, and since I’m blind I do get under foot some times and can trip you up. Now that we’ve got that taken care of let me tell you about me. I am very lovable and active. I’m pretty good on a leash and about 90% potty trained. I’ll go in a crate but I will make a ruckus for a while. I need to be in a home where someone is home most of the time. My foster parents are amazed at how I adapt without sight. With just a few considerations I’m just like any other dog. Please come see me in person if you are that special home.
For complete instructions on our adoption process and to complete an adoption application please go to our website: www.savethetzus.com. Note: The children of adopters must be age 6 or older. We require single family homes to have a fully fenced yard. WE ADOPT IN THE IMMEDIATE DFW METROPLEX ONLY.
Jordi (I am Blind)
Adult – Male – Medium
Please contact Monica 214-693-9118 – Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
Jordi is still patiently waiting for a new home as of 11/17/19
Jordi is great with kids, cats, dogs and farm birds! He also LOVES milkbone treats. He’s very sweet and loves to be pet! He would do well with someone who works from home or a homebody due to separation anxiety. He does better with a harness and leash vs collar and leash.
Rowan (I am Blind and Deaf)
Young Adult – Male – Medium
Please contact iRescue – Weatherford, TX
Rowan is still patiently waiting for a new home as of 11/17/19
Rowan is a sweet 1 year old male Catahoula Leopard mix pup. He is about 45 pounds of joyful, wiggly fun. Rowan is very friendly and loves people and other dogs. He loves to romp and play! Rowan is a handsome boy, but his looks could be a result of poor breeding practices. Rowan is most likely a Double Merle and was born without vision or hearing. Rowan is confident and can adapt to change. After a few days, he will map out a new home. This pup is a confident boy and is balanced with a wonderful temperament.
Rowan likes to play with other dogs and may be too much for some. He would be happy in a home with another energetic, tolerant dog. No cats please! Rowan is currently in a training program to learn basic obedience. A command is communicated to him through touch signals. He is motivated by food and play, but can be a bit stubborn. Lots of practice helps him to learn and retain his new skills. Rowan has an endearing habit of carrying his bone around in his mouth. He is quite adorable and you will soon fall in love with him!
Rowan is crate trained and is potty trained if kept on a schedule. This pup has a lot going for him. Please fill out an application if you would like to learn more about him and meet him.
Matilda (I am blind)
Adult – Female – Medium
Please contact CNY SPCA – Syracuse, NY
Matilda is still patiently waiting for a new home as of 11/17/19
Beautiful Matilda was turned in to the shelter by an owner who could no longer care for her. She has had a difficult time adjusting to the noisy life in the shelter and would love to find a quiet stable environment with someone to love. She loves toys, walks, bones and snuggling. She would do best in an adult only home as an only pet. Matilda is currently at the CNYSPCA in syracuse NY. If interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior (I am blind)
Adult – Male – Large
Please contact Bullies and Beyond – Coral Springs, FL
Junior is 2yrs old, 60lbs, housebroken, and crate trained. He is an American bulldog mix.
He is good with other dogs and requires proper introduction. No cats and no young babies as he would do best in a home without to much commotion, he’s a chill dog and sweet as can be! He would make anyone an incredible companion. His senses are very keen and he loves to play ball with himself. He is a treasure hunter and will bring you twigs and palm fawns. Junior is very proud of his finds and more than happy to share. He is a patient boy that given the chance will wake you up in the morning. He loves to give hugs from behind in a sneak attack. He makes a mental imprint of everything he encounters and gets along and about great. Junior does like his safe space and is not a walker…walks are scary to him. He puts the true meaning into gentle giant and is a total lover boy.
Frank (I am blind)
Senior – Male – Large
Please contact Butler County Humane Society – Renfrew, PA
Frank is still patiently waiting for a new home as of 11/17/19
This gentle soul is Frank. Not only is he completely blind, but he’s a senior boy at 9-1/2 yrs. old with no home or family. Frank came to the Butler County Humane Society in Renfrew, PA as a stray six months ago and has been cared for and loved by our staff and volunteers, but Frank needs a place to call “Home”. Day after day people come and go, and there just never seems to be any interest in the senior dog with special needs. Walk by Frank’s kennel and you’ll see him sprawled out on his cushy pet bed with his two front legs in front of him and his head resting on his paws. He’s as quiet as can be, never joining in on the chorus of barking by the other dogs around him. But his whole demeanor changes when a familiar voice approaches and he hears his kennel door open. His face visibly lights up as he prances around with excitement. He knows someone is about to take him for a walk or spend one-on-one time with him.
Frank thoroughly enjoys human companionship and going for a leisurely stroll… oftentimes with his favorite toy in tow. He LOVES squeaky toys so much that he’s even been known to carry one around as he walks, face beaming, without ever letting it drop the entire time. We can’t fathom how this loveable boy ever found himself homeless, but it was obvious when he came to us that he had been well-fed. All efforts were exhausted to locate his owner and indicate that he was likely abandoned. This would be a traumatizing experience for any dog, but that much harder on an older dog with a disability. Frank deserves to spend his golden years in a peaceful and quiet environment without stress, and with the stability of his very own family. Because of his age and disability, Frank would need to be in a home without stairs and young children. Please contact the Butler County Humane Society at 724.789.1150 with any questions or e-mail Info@butlercountyhs.org.
Mystic (I am vision and hearing impaired)
Adult – Female – Medium
Please contact Pet Path – Philadelphia, TN
Mystic is still patiently waiting for a new home as of 11/17/19
Mystic came to us with an irreversible condition with her eyes and ears. She can she very little and she can hear very little. She is not to comfy with being in a crate inside she prefers to be outside. We think she would do well in a secured high fence area more than likely a wooden privacy fence so she can see it And not run into it. The area would have to be clean and free of anything sharp she could hurt herself on. Puppy proof is what we would call it. She could run in a yard throughout the day and be content but will need to be placed inside in a basement or garage with climate control at night. See cannot see at all at nighttime in the dark so for her safety she would need to stay inside during dark hours. She’s lived her life in a very small enclosed outdoor kennel and has never been inside except for what we have shared with her. She may do great inside with patience and lots of love. She is sweet and deserves a chance. She wants attention and love but isn’t quite sure how to accept it. She will just need time to bond and get to know her new family. We have already seen a tremendous difference in her in just over a week. Please someone give this beautiful girl a chance. For more information please contact Pet Path at email@example.com or via phone 225-362-9591 or 225-571-6637. Click here to watch a video of Mystic.
Sadie (I am blind) Adult – Male – Small
Jada (I am blind) Adult – Female – Small
Please contact CSRNE – Greenfield, NH
Seven year old Jada and her best buddy, eight year old Sadie, are a truly bonded pair – and they’re both blind. Although Sadie, a neutered male, is blind he always knows where Jada is – and she relies on him. When they go for leash walks with their mom, Sadie is the leader and he walks ahead of his mom and Jada follows behind her – it’s quite the parade.
Our vet diagnosed Jada with juvenile cataracts and we hope they’re operable and she can regain some sight. Sadie has cataracts and glaucoma, he’s now on two eye medications to help reduce the pressure in his eyes. The immediate need is to find a loving, caring adult only home for these two special cockers. CSRNE will pay for all ophthalmological care and medications. Our vet said both dogs are otherwise in good health.
Sadie and Jada love going for walks and belly rubs! Do you know a special person who might be willing to give these two dogs the care and attention they so deserve? We know we’re looking for a rare individual who has the time to care for Jada and Sadie but we’re hoping their cocker angel is out there somewhere willing and able to help these two devoted cockers. For more information call 605-547-3363 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jake (I am blind and deaf)
Catahoula – Adult – Male – Large
Please contact Carla with POLA Foundation – Shreveport, LA
Jake is a blind and deaf Catahoula. He’s 55 lbs and is approximately 6 years old. He is a very happy go lucky dog and gets along great for being blind and deaf. He is completely house trained and is even leash trained. He prefers to sleep on the human bed versus the doggie bed. Jake loves everyone he comes in contact with and is good with dogs and cats. He is happy to be petted, cuddle up next to you, or take a stroll around the yard.
Jake was most likely born blind (and deaf), as he has microphthalmia which is common in the double merle Catahoulas. He is currently being treated for heartworms, is up to date on vaccinations, and will soon be neutered and microchipped. He has an old injury to his right hip, but it doesn’t seem to hurt him and he gets around just fine and even climbs on my bed all by himself.
Jake was found wandering the streets alone and was taken to the local shelter. His owners never came to claim him. Jake is in a foster home and is doing just great and enjoying life while waiting for his furever home.
If you are interested in adopting Jake, please email email@example.com or Carla at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jax (I am blind)
Dog • Adult • Male • Large
Please contact: San Nicola Dog Rescue & Sanctuary Denver, CO
Jax is still in need of a home as of November/2019
Jax is a great dog, loving and mellow, gets along with people and dogs. Before he got to us, he was in the shelter in KS where he came as a stray. It’s very sad to imagine this dog alone out in the street. He is tall, light, in great shape, has beautiful chocolate color coat and brown eyes. Doesn’t look blind and you would never guess until you see him bumping into furniture. But it doesn’t take him long to learn his way around. He is smart and attentive and tilts his head in adorable way when you talk to him. Amazingly, Jax is easier to walk on a leash than any other dog we have – he doesn’t pull forward, he rather trusts you to show the way and stays by your side, often touching you with his shoulder and listening to your steps. He is so nice to walk that you can forget that there is a dog next to you. It’s fun to show him the world around, he is curious, appreciative and very capable of deep connection.
Jack (I am vision impaired)
Dog • Adult • Male • Medium
Please contact: Florida Keys SPCA Key West, FL
2/26/19 Jack is still looking for his forever home! Jack is a member of AARD, (American Association of Retired Dogs) , a senior dog actively enjoying his retirement years. He’s 9 years young with plenty of energy left to enjoy an active life with a human friend. He has an eye condition which limits his sight. He has been seen by an eye specialist who determined that he can see shadows during the day when the light is bright. This explained how well he walks when out in open spaces with no obstacles during daytime. (Check out the video). In low light and darkness, he behaves more like a blind dog with very limited or no vision. He is currently on nutritional supplements to help his eyes. He may do ok with a well-mannered female dog who does not overwhelm him. He loves his walks, does very nicely on leash, and thinks there is nothing better than a soft bed. He has become a staff and volunteer favorite but is very willing to say good bye to all of us if the right person came along.
Living with a blind dog can take extra sensitivity, empathy, and observation to help them succeed and feel safe in a world they cannot see. But for those who choose to take on a special needs dog like Jack, there are few things more rewarding!
If you would like more info about Jack, please contact email@example.com. Thank you for caring about dogs like Jack and all other animals in need of love and a family. Jack has been at the shelter for two months, and is now really looking forward to something different! He is neutered, 9 years old, and weighs approx. 50lbs. He is HTW negative, vaccinated, and microchipped. Click here to view a video of jack.
Diva (I am blind)
Dog • Adult • Female • Medium
Please contact: One Love Animal Rescue Mount Laurel, NJ
Diva is still in need of a home as of November/2019
Diva is my very special blind foster girl. She entered my life in August of last year and has left a lasting “paw print” on my heart. I was so nervous and scared at the idea bringing a blind dog into my home. I purchased the best-rated raising a blind dog books and did my best to prepare…. but you know what?…my instructor, teacher and friend was able to teach me everything I needed to know and that was Diva herself. She has been blind her entire 7 years of life, her attitude is “I got this and I will show you” and show me she did. Diva showed me she was very adaptable to a predictable environment, Diva showed me just a few carefully chosen words would keep her out of trouble, Diva showed me that all dogs can be off-leash and MOST IMPORTANTLY Diva has taught me to slow down and listen, there is so much to be experienced through the pleasure of sound.
Diva has her own FB page
Many wonderful folks follow and comment on Diva’s page and her life as my foster dog. They say “you should just keep her” “she looks so happy”. I love Diva. Her perfect forever home is out there. She NEEDS TO BE THE ONLY DOG. I run an animal rescue, there are so many dogs (besides my 4 personal dogs) in and out of my home. She is not comfortable with all the dogs around and just WANTS to be with her “person”. I KNOW her PERSON is out there. Her person will snuggle and love her all day long. Her person will embrace the %100 devotion Diva is ready to give. Her person will be open to learning and loving life even more through the gifts Diva has to offer.
When Diva’s PERSON arrives, I will cry tears of joy and sadness. I will cry because I will be so overcome with joy that she will get the life she so rightly deserves and sad because selfishly I will miss my dog friend, my early morning cranberry bogs buddy and my end of the day snuggle partner.
Catahoula • Young • Male • Large
Please contact: Canine Castaways • Arcadia, Florida
COLOR: White with red
AGE: 2 years in May 2016
WEIGHT: 65 lbs
LOCATED IN: Arcadia
Dale is still in need of a home as of November/2019
Dale is very athletic and needs a family to match. He loves to run, run, run! He also loves to play outdoors and to play with other dogs around his size. Once he has had his work out, Dale wants to be a lap dog when you’re sitting on the couch. Dale is still a little nervous when meeting new people, but warms up quickly. He loves the water, has learned how to swim and knows several hand signal commands
He has no peripheral vision at all, but can see approximately 15 to 20 feet. If you approach him from the side, he does not see you. Of course he supposedly can’t hear anything but I have my doubts on that. They are certain tones, especially loud, low tones, that he will respond to.
If you are interested in adopting please Complete our Adoption Application by copying and pasting the following link into your web browser: https://www.caninecastaways.org/#!adopt/c6mv
The following has been or will be done for this puppy at the appropriate age…
– Basic Exam by Veterinarian
– Spayed or Neutered
– Placed on heartworm preventive
– Basic Bloodwork
– Intestinal Parasite Exam and medication
– Placed on flea preventive
ADOPTION DONATION: $150
This adoption donation helps to cover the vet expenses for this puppy including heartworm preventive which is dispensed at the initial vet visit and then goes with the dog at adoption. All vet records will be provided to adopter.
Visit us at https://www.caninecastaways.org/
2/27/19 Charity is still looking for her forever home!
Charity (I am blind)
Belgian Dutch Shepherd • Adult • Female • Large
Little German Shepherd Angels • Cherry Valley, California
12/3/17 Charity is doing well and has adjusted to her blindness.
Charity is a beautiful six year old female Belgian Dutch Shepherd who is blind in one eye and has a cataract in other. She was dumped at a shelter. The current owner rescued Charity from the shelter three years ago.
She is a retired search drug dog officer. She will search in soft dirt or gravel but does not dig. She is very healthy. She has been spayed, is up-to-date with all shots and is micro chipped. Charity is good with people but is not recommended for a home with children under the age of ten. She is good with other dogs.
She loves to be loved. She will make you laugh and is very sweet.
Charity is only available for adoption in California, Nevada or Arizona. If you’re interested in adopting Charity please email firstname.lastname@example.org