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.
71 lbs (large)
Est. age: 8 yrs
Dina is with Muttville in CA. Email: email@example.com
Dina will have you rooting for the underdog!
Dina is an extraordinary dog that you just have to meet in person to understand just how wonderful and special she is. Her best feature by far is her nubbin tail that is always wagging and wiggling her whole bum along with it! She is wiggly, jiggly, happy, and a true delight! Talk about instant mood-booster, when you are with Dina, it is truly possible to be upset about anything. Her positive vibe is contagious and will have you giggling within minutes. She is perfect!!
Dina’s adoption fee has been generously covered by The Farmer’s Dog!
Here is what her foster has to say:
Dina is a beautiful, sweet and loyal girl who just wants to be by your side to give you lots of love and attention. She’s very smart (hello, Cattle Dog!) and she was able to learn her way around our house and yard within a day of joining us.
Dina loves to play tug of war and fetch (she listens for where the toy lands!) and she really enjoys going for leisurely walks around the neighborhood. She is totally house trained and will let you know if she needs to go out. Dina is very friendly with all people and will make a perfect addition to a lucky family!
To see additional pictures, watch her video or find out more about Dina click here.
Female – Young
Oopsie is a mixed breed (Terrier, Staffordshire) who is approximately 20 mo old. She is a medium sized dog weighing about 35 lbs. Oospie is blind, but we believe that she is able to see some shapes. She is a very sweet girl.
She gets around rather well, bumping into things, but she has a wonderful spirit and doesn’t appear to be ‘defeated’ by her disability.
Safe Haven rescued Oopsie, a pregnant and blind dog, from euthanasia. She arrived here on August 21st. 11 days later, on September 1st, she was taken in for an emergency cesarean given complications that were arising. She had 6 pups, however only one little miracle, Daisy Bean, survived. Oopsie did not accept Daisy Bean and it was necessary to find a surrogate mother for her.
Oopsie was in foster with a staff member and her Safe Haven rescue, Alfie. Oopsie adjusted well to being in a home setting. She is available to be adopted and we strongly recommend her being in a home with another mellow dog and she must have a fenced in yard. The rescue, Alfie, has been a wonderful guide dog for Oopsie. Oopsie will follow Alfie around the house and looks to him for guidance and play. She also gets along well with other doggies brought into the home. She is navigating a fenced in yard very well, knows sit, is very loving and affectionate, loves to sleep in and gets up when the staff member gets up, and does great in her kennel when at home alone. She hasn’t had an accident in the home and we can say she is potty trained! She is also doing well with kitties! Since she can’t see she does like to sniff close to the kitties (and gets swatted) but she would do well in a home where the kitties are used to interacting with dogs.
The contact for the shelter is Jeanette Tharen. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any interest.
Beagle Mix, Born in August 2019, Neutered male
When you first meet me, you would never suspect I’m blind as I maneuver around the world perfectly. My foster mom says I walk like a champ, navigating curbs and steps as well as any full-sighted dog. I’m very resilient and once introduced to new environments, I find my way around quickly, I am quite self sufficient. I have a ‘show pony’ trot, where I lift my little legs extra high and look joyful trotting on my walks. I love games and puzzles where I can use my clever Beagle nose to find things; cuddles; running around in a (securely fenced) yard; and meeting new people. I’m crate-trained, too. My foster mom calls me ‘fearless’ and ‘resilient.’ My dream family should have some experience working with a blind dog, have another dog to be my friend/guide and a yard where we can safely play and I can explore all the smells. If there are kids, they will need to be older due to my habit of exploring the world w/ my mouth. Please fill out an application, so you can meet me and fall in love.
Size: Small / weighs 22 lbs.
Children: Yes, Older kids.
Dogs: Yes, a home with another dog is preferred.
Adoption Fee: $300.
This dog is neutered, microchipped and has had a full veterinary checkup and vaccines.
If you are interested in more information or would like to meet this dog, please fill out our online adoption survey:
Adult – Male – Husky Mix
Update 12/22/21: Abe is still looking for his forever home.
Abe is estimated to be around 9 years old, but despite his age and everything he has gone through he still has plenty of zest for life and energy! He loves going for walks and currently goes for a mile long walk twice a day with the other dog in his foster family. His leash manners have come a long way, but he still does pull sometimes. Abe also has a little blue ball that he loves to play with (it has a broken squeaker that makes noise so he can find it by hearing it roll) and he has been known to carry it for his entire walk, of course his little blue ball will go with him to his forever home.
Abe loves playing with the other dog in his foster home and would be thrilled to have a new doggy friend in his forever home. While Abe may not be able to see his canine friend, he listens for her all the time and loves to gently wrestle with her. It will take Abe some time to become friends with a new dog due to his blindness, but once he knows a new dog is just trying to be friends, he thrives on the companionship. Abe does well with the resident felines in foster, but they are not so sure of him and the fact that his greetings often mean just walking up to them and sticking his nose all up in their business to sniff them.
While Abe has made all this progress towards becoming a happy well-adjusted boy, his new family will need to understand he is going to need patience. We don’t know what Abe’s life was like before coming to us, but we suspect it was not the best. Abe still devours every meal like he doesn’t know when the next one will come, he is finally realizing that people want to pet and snuggle him-and that that’s actually pretty nice, and just in general he is still learning how to live in a home where he is loved.
Abe is neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations, and of course now heartworm negative! Since he has completed heartworm treatment, Abe will need to stay on year-round heartworm preventatives for the rest of his life. If Abe has stolen your heart as much as he has ours and he sounds like the perfect guy for your family, adoption applications can be found online at www.catkinsrescue.org. Please click here for more information: https://www.petfinder.com/dog/
My name is Sissy, and I was abandoned. I’m looking for a home where I can lounge around! I am approx between 7-9 yrs old, Hw N, rabies shot, and microchipped. My current foster took me to get pampered at a local pet groomers! Please call Brownsville Animal Defense, Brownsville, TX, at 956 551 0119 if you are interested in Sissy.
Breeds: Pit Bull Terrier, Crossbreed
Foster or Adopt? We’d love to hear from you!
Lenie Lemon – a very special girl to our rescue who needs someone that either has experience with blind dogs or has the desire to learn more about them.
We learned a lot about Lemon recently as she was with a family for two months – while she was not a great match for them (she absolutely despised their cat and made it known), they were able to help us understand her a bit more so we can find her next spot. Prior to her adoption, she had been living in a boarding situation and as such it was nearly impossible to know what she’d be like in a home situation.
Lemon is fast learner who loves snuggling, easily shows her belly when it’s time for rubs. She’s quiet in her crate and will go in to settle. She is great in the car and loves trail walks and does great on them. She loves to play with toys and loves her bones. She’s super affectionate with her person.
Some of her challenges are puppy mouthiness and learning to not use her mouth to get what she wants. She can become overstimulated easily so teaching her to settle is a work in progress and will need to continue. She seems to think that most things are hers and may react when you try to take them away from her – we’ve asked her current fosters (she’s in boarding at a trainer) to work on this with her. Her former foster did say however she was showing progress with this and seemed to be gaining ground – for this reason, no children for this girl for now.
Obviously, her blindness can lead her to be easily started when approached quickly without warning.
We want this to be Lemon’s last home so will be sure to be careful choosing where she lands. She’s so affectionate that anyone will be lucky to have her!
Lenie Lemon is still looking for her forever home. Lenie has become comfortable with one of our dogs that we have done slow introductions with. We are working on the other one. She has the full family room as her living area. Each day she is in the full house while we put the cats in a safe room.
Lenie crates extremely well. She loves bananas and any treat. Taking a large treat or cookie gently is much improved. Lenie knows many commands and used them all flawlessly at the vet the other day. She walks well on a leash as long as she has a harness rather than a collar. She doesn’t try to play tug of war with it when she is in a harness.
When we both have to work longer days, we hire a friend’s teen to come sit with her, let the dogs in and out and play with her. Lenie loves hide and go seek! She is doing well with clicker training now that we can give her treats more easily. She really just wants to be with you and loves everyone she meets once she can figure out who they are and have a slow meeting to smell them enough. Then she is best friends.
Breed: Bully Breed mix
Age:1 ½ – 2 years
Weight: 45 lbs
Vaccinations: Up to date
THIS DOG IS BLIND
BASED ON OUR OBSERVATIONS:
Good with Children: Over 12
Good with Dogs: Has done well with dogs in the past – would need slow intros
Good with Cats: Absolutely no
Gidget & Pepper
Meet Gidget. When poor Gidget was rescued, she had a double eye infection, which she is being treated for. However the vet believes she will not regain her site. The vet said she has corneal scaring. Gidget is now in foster care and is reported to be doing very well. Gidget is said to be to be house broken, good with adults, kids and cats. Gidget is with Heartland Rescue Ranch, in Southport Florida. For more information on this sweetheart or to adopt her, visit: https://www.facebook.com/
Gidget is still looking for her forever home as of 12/20/21 and has bonded with Pepper.
Some additional updated information on Gidget:
- “The brown dog is her best friend pepper. They are in a foster home together and have become the best of friends, so ideally we would love it if they would be adopted together
- Pepper is is visually impaired due to untreated eye infection, Blind in one eye and limited vision in other
- We would love for her to be adopted with her ‘service dog’. They are both great dogs!
- Pepper is about a year. Very playful. They have both been fostered with dogs and cats. Great with children. Both spayed and vaccinated. Transport can be available”
Update 12/22/21: Aston is still looking for his forever home.
Requirements: Adult only home, calm environment, home with yard. (Note: Aston is fine with other dogs as long as they aren’t high energy. So a low energy dog that is happy just co-existing is fine.)
Aston has come such a long way throughout his two and a half years with us and he is SO ready for his forever home! Due to some horrible past abuse, and despite the valiant efforts of vets, Aston had to have both of his eyes removed a while ago but has adjusted really well to life as a blind guy. Understandably, this adorable guy does still have some issues with trusting new people and it may take him a few weeks until he becomes comfortable with someone. He just needs someone willing to give him that time. We are sure these issues are a combination of the trauma that he experienced in his past and the fact that he’s blind.
The key to Aston’s trust is to allow him some time to get to know your voice and smell, he must always know when you are going to touch him and this can easily be done by using your voice in a soft matter and allowing him to smell you first. Once he trusts you he has no issues with getting love and giving love, he will follow his person around like a little shadow but at the same time can be independent and is content just knowing you are in the room. He does not let his vision slow him down on walks and moves confidently with no issues when on leash. Because of Aston’s bite history and the fact that he can be overwhelmed in busy situations, he cannot be around children and needs a calm environment in an adult only home. He also needs to have someone around often. A yard for Aston would be amazing too as he loves to trot around and sunbathe.
Can you believe in Aston and make his dreams of a forever home come true?
I am blind and deaf
Adult (2 years)-Male-Large (61 pounds)
Please contact Perfectly Imperfect Pups in Raleigh, NC
I am vision/hearing impaired
Adult (2 years)-Male-Large (53 pounds)
Please contact Perfectly Imperfect Pups in Raleigh, NC
HI I am Sammy. Just so you know, I am not drunk…I am pretty much blind and only hear a little bit ….so I use the wall and furniture to “guide” me! Now, I won’t judge you if you have a few too many, I will even show you the lean method! Cuddling is a must, if you don’t like to cuddle, we just can’t be friends. I am pretty easy going…want to take a ride? Walk? Watch movies? I am so down for any of that. I know we just met, but can I move in with you and will you please feed me two meals a day? I know that’s pretty forward…but i know what I want! I do know sit, I know down, I walk well on a leash, I am house trained, I mean I am pretty much perfect! If you want to meet me, there is a silly application you must fill out, my fo-ma wants to be sure I land on the right couch! pipsrescue.org/adopt Sammy is located in the Raleigh, NC area.
Brad (I am blind)
Please contact My Next Pet Charlotte, NC metro area
Brad is still looking for his forever home as of 12/18
Brad was found hungry, weak and injured by rescuers with the Beagle Freedom Project. They mercifully took him in to save his life and cared for him until a foster home with Animal Adoption League was able to commit. After rescue, it was sadly discovered that Brad had not only been neglected, but was also heartworm positive and completely blind.
It has been a long journey of recovery for Brad, but he is now thriving in his foster home. He is completely heartworm free and healthy now! Brad is doing remarkably well living the indoor life and loves living with other friendly pets. He not only adores playing with other dogs, but also relies on them for many cues due to his blindness. He definitely needs a kind dog friend in his forever home! Brad is also great with cats and does not react to them at all. He also has been around children as young as 7 and is wonderful with them too.
Brad has been working with a professional trainer to learn how to navigate life as a blind gentleman too. This has helped his confidence soar as he has learned basic obedience, navigation commands and now loves going on long walks with ease. *His adoption includes a session with his trainer to help him and his new family adjust.
Brad is a very special pup who will make a wonderful addition to a home that is dedicated to his well-being and comfort. He is not high maintenance and likes to spend a lot of time cuddling on the couch in a pile of blankets.
To meet this handsome guy, please fill out an application: mynextpet.com/dog-application
Diego (I am blind)
Please contact Almost Home Ohio, Ohio
Diego is believed to be between 6 and 8 years old. He is sweet, affectionate and curious. He has cataracts and they have progressed beyond the ability for surgery to fix them so we are looking for a forever home for him with someone who has had experience with blind dogs or someone who is willing access trained in dealing with a non-sighted dog as well as willing to maintain continuity with furniture placement. After being in his foster home for two weeks Diego has mapped well (how blind dogs know where things are) and he can go in and out of the house into the fenced yard unassisted and moves around the house with ease. He is house trained and lets people know when he has to go out by pacing between the door and his human. In spite of his lack of sight, he enjoys exploring when outside on a leash. We think he might be more confident with another dog that is older or laid back. When traveling recently, he was anxious when taken out of the car by himself, but when the other dogs were with him at the rest area he did great and was much more confident. Diego had mats that needed to be removed so his coat is looking a little bedraggled, but it will grow back beautifully. He is a little shy at first, but quickly engages with new people, moving to them to be petted. He loves to be with people, is always in the same room with them and when you are petting him he will often lift up his paw to you. He ignores cats and has done well with children. He understands come and his name and is learning to sit. His crate is his “safe” space but he is only crated at night. Loud noises do startle him, but he was not used to being in a home before he was rescued so that may disappear. He is an outstanding companion who is willing to give his heart to anyone who will give their heart to him.
Please contact the adoption team if interested at email@example.com or complete an application at www.almosthomeohio.org/adopt, be sure to mention Diego in comments.
Molly (I am blind)
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Healdsburg, California
Molly is a beautiful and brave St. Bernard looking for her forever home. Molly was left by a previous owner to spend her days in the back yard with her brother, where they were confined, neglected and ignored. Molly was never allowed indoors, suffering through the seasons with little if any protection from the elements. She was brought to the shelter severely malnourished, with a case of glaucoma so advanced that it was determined her eyes could not be saved, and they were removed. She is now in foster care.
Molly is an incredibly sweet and loving dog. She is submissive and has exhibited no alpha/dominating behavior. She is not food defensive or aggressive… other dogs can approach her bowl and she pays them no mind, and a hand can be reached in front of her mouth or into her bowl and she ignores the interference, or stops eating until the hand is removed.
Molly ignores cats, up until the point that she wants to play with them. Once she has decided she needs to interact, she will stand in front of them and bark incessantly until she is acknowledged. Unfortunately, being blind, she has no way of knowing whether they are responding, or if, in fact, they have left the room entirely. Should she sense that maybe playtime is in the works, she will bow down in an invitation, and bounce and jump, bob, weave and lurch about in an attempt to engage. It is because of this that Molly cannot be homed with cats. She is so large, and so ungainly in her movements that she can easily trample or fall upon an animal and do them harm, or be harmed by them. For this same reason she cannot be homed with children, because she simply cannot see who she may be running into at full bore ramming speed. It is not her intent to do harm, but the gentlest bull in a china shop will still rack up quite a bit of damage.
Molly so loves to play that her enthusiasm can be a bit much. While she plays very well with dogs her own size, even this cannot prevent occasional scuffles and mishaps. Because of her blindness, Molly cannot tell when a dog is interacting with her, and so will continually bark to engage, which can be very disturbing to some dogs as it can come off as aggressive. Additionally, if a dog does decide to interact with her, the romping and playing can at times lead to hard core collisions that take Molly by surprise and cause her to act defensively because she cannot see what is happening. Again, Molly is not aggressive, but wounds caused by defensive behavior are just as damaging as wounds caused by aggressive behavior. To be very clear, Molly’s blindness, and the unfortunate situations that arise due to her disability, are what may cause injury. They are not due to an aggressive disposition. However, the end result is that Molly absolutely must not be homed with small children. She may do well with other very mellow animals, but an introduction will be needed before adoption.
If you walk into a room where Molly is standing and she is spooked, she will immediately drop to the floor and roll over onto her back. She has never snapped at, growled at or been at all defensive or aggressive towards her foster caregivers. She is a total cuddle bug and will snuggle on the couch contentedly while you watch tv and pet her pretty head.
Molly is relatively low energy and easy going, spending her days at her foster mother’s side, sleeping next to her desk. Although previously having only been housed outdoors, Molly took to house-training very quickly, and has had very few accidents in the house. If she needs to go out she will get up and sit next to you, and at some point, should the hint not be picked up, she will put her paw into your lap, and after that begin to pace. If by then the hint is not picked up, Molly asks that she not be blamed as she tried her hardest.
Molly sleeps next to her fosters’ bed, and unless she needs to go potty she will sleep through the night. If she needs to go she will start to pace, and will put her ginormous head on the bed next to you, trying to wake you. Molly does not bark unless she is trying to play. She does not bark at strangers, or out of nervousness, or at the wind or door creaks, or other stimuli that often sets other dogs off. She is very calm, and will lay down for belly rubs at the slightest invitation… if you come up to her she will lay right down and roll over for pets.
Despite being St. Bernard, Molly does not drool. Her fur is silky soft, and the most beautiful auburn color. She is very underweight, but has a healthy appetite and is steadily gaining back her weight and health. She is an absolutely gorgeous dog, and has so much love to offer the right home.
We ask that Molly’s new home:
Be quiet, with few visitors or new people coming and going.
Have no children.
Any other pets will need to meet Molly first before adoption.
Keep her as an indoor dog with outside privileges. She has spent enough of her life outdoors and now deserves ongoing comfort and companionship.
Have stay at home parents. Either work from home (even after quarantine), or be retired. Molly loves her people, and is lost without her seeing eye person by her side.
Understand the needs of a blind dog, and be informed of the challenges this disability presents. She is blind because of the tragic neglect of humans, and should not suffer more because of the resulting challenges she will be facing… she needs an advocate and protector who will love and support her for the rest of her life.
Please forward this to anyone who might be able to give this wonderful, sweet and gentle dog a loving home. For further questions or information, please contact email@example.com.
Molly is in Healdsburg, California, about an hour and a half north of San Francisco. I will bring her wherever her perfect home might be.
Ashton (I am blind & deaf)
Please contact Greta’s Animal Ark Animal Rescue New Orleans, LA or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashton is a blind & deaf male Poodle looking for a home!!! NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
Ashton is about 8-10 years old and is dog friendly and people friendly. He is playful when hes not sleeping. He is in good health despite the rough shape he came to us in! He had a severe infection and needed a dental bad. Now hes all healed up and ready to find a good home. Blind dogs get around very well!!
He will need frequent grooming! He has a few teeth left but he’s currently eating wet food.
Ashton is neutered, vaccinated, and heartworm negative. His bloodwork came back great- so no underlying health issues. If you’re interested in adopting Ashton please complete an adoption form here.
Chase (I am blind)
Please contact Greta’s Animal Ark Animal Rescue New Orleans, LA or email@example.com
Chase is a 16 yr old Pomeranian looking for a home! He is blind, but he gets around very well! NEW ORLEANS, LA ❤
Chase was found as a stray and was brought to the shelter. He was never claimed by his owners. He needed a dental BAD – he had his dental last week and is recovering well. He still has a few teeth left but he’s on a soft food diet now. He is dog friendly. Needs a home without kids. Pretty much sleeps all day. He really just needs a nice retirement home! He’s very sweet and gives kisses. We are hoping for a Pomeranian experienced home.
Chase is neutered, heartworm negative and his senior bloodwork came back clear so he is healthy. If you’re interested in adopting Chase please complete an adoption form here.’
Ray (I am Blind)
Please contact Rescue Rep Dave at 415-686-4248 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Hoffman Estates, IL Lab Rescue
Ray is still looking for his forever home as of December 22, 2021.
Ray has settled into our home and is doing very well. He is such a sweet dog. He has recently been house-broken and has been accident free for weeks now. Ray gets along great with people and other dogs (when properly introduced). Would probably do great with another calm/adult dog in the home – he does great with our own Lab. Ray loves his walks around the neighborhood; we walk him very nicely on a Gentle Leader. Our frequent walks have slimmed him down nicely as was initially pretty chunky. He is doing amazing with the few steps in our home and is now even managing the full flight of stairs between our main floor and our downstairs living area.
Besides being blind, Ray appears to be in superb health. Current on vaccinations, heartworm negative, microchipped. Recently neutered. We recently took Ray to a doggie eye specialist who determined Ray is suffering from progressive retinal atrophy and is completely blind in both eyes; this condition is inoperable; he was probably sighted when he was young but progressively lost his vision due to some hereditary issue. His lack of vision does not diminish his spirit and zest for life. Ray can be seen here.
Adeline has had a ruff start to life. She was an owner surrender with her litter mates. Her soul has not suffered, For a blind pup I am very smart, outgoing and so sweet and gentle. I have a very goofy personality and love pretty much every one once I warm up. I am very submissive and love to play with other pups. My foster mom says I’m perfect in almost every way. I can do the stairs lickity split. I learn very quick. I know how to sit and wait for my food. I am really chill and calm for an 8 mo old pup. I’m great in my crate and very quiet both outside and inside. I am in the Chicago land area and would love a forever family with and another pup and a fenced yard. Like with all puppies I will need continued training.
At 8 months old Addi is about 45 lbs she will probably be about 50-55 lbs full grown. We are not sure of her breed. What we do know that this is a great pup and will make some lucky family a great family member.
For a meet & greet please fill out an app on our website.
Biscuit (I am vision impaired)
Please contact Texoma Dog Rescue Denison, TX
Sweet Biscuit is still looking for his forever home as of February 9th, 2021!
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.
Diva is still in need of a home as of December 2021
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.