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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or complete an application at www.almosthomeohio.org/adopt, be sure to mention Diego in comments.
Molly (I am blind)
Please contact email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Stevie (I am blind)
Please contact Pixies and Paws Animal Rescue New York
UPDATE: Stevie is all love! He is blind but he loves nothing more than to be a running buddy or even a cuddle buddy! Stevie gets used to his surrounding insanely quickly and mastered stairs at his foster home in no time! Since Stevie has no eyesight his other senses are extremely heightened and that can make him super excitable, his foster has practiced calming techniques and they work great! Stevie is dog friendly and has been doing great with other dogs however he is highly excitable so will need a similar match in a pup as well as continued structured days so he can thrive!
Stevie takes time to control his excitement, but does well after exercise/long walk and with training he has gotten with his foster. Stevie enjoys going to the dog park and plays well with other dogs and socializing.
Gorgeous Stevie is amazing! This 10-month old puppy, blind from birth, loves everyone and everything. Stevie was rescued from a shelter in the South and arrived in New Jersey on Saturday, December 5th. Blind dogs are truly special and adapt easily to any situation…give this boy a chance and you’ll be greatly rewarded.
Stevie is up to date on all vaccinations and neutered too.
Stevie is available for adoption through Pixies and Paws Animal Rescue, if interested in meeting him please fill out an adoption application.
Picante (I am blind)
Please contact email@example.com Helena, MT
Meet Picante! He is a Border Collie, mini Aussie and is 8 weeks old. He is a SPECIAL NEEDS foster puppy and will require a very special and patient family. He has been seen by the vet and is ready to go to his forever family. He has a spicy personality, hence his name, and he is believed to be fully blind. He will need an indoor home with a family who will help him navigate his special needs. If you would love to be Picante’s forever family please email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information, an adoption contract, and his adoption fee.
Chrissy (I am blind)
Please contact Wagging Tails Dog Rescue NY
Update: February 2021 – Chrissy is still looking for her forever home
Meet Chrissy, everyone! She is a super sweet, approximately 9 year old, 14 pound terrier mix who was surrendered by her owner to the NYC kill shelter. Chrissy unfortunately lost her sight about a week later and while initially she was very scared and confused, she has settled down and with the encouragement and support of her foster parents, is adjusting to life without her vision. She LOVES going for brisk walks but also enjoys quiet snuggling at home. Chrissy is a total foodie and just loves enjoys a frozen peanut butter stuffed kong, her snuffle mat and other treat-stuffed toys. Chrissy is quiet and friendly with other dogs but gets nervous if another dog barks or acts up so she would need a home with either another quiet pup or to be a solo pup. She needs to have quiet and calm humans as well. Chrissy requires daily eye drops so potential adopters need to be committed to a consistent schedule to keep her eyes comfortable. They also need to be committed to continuing to work with her to adjust to her vision loss. She is a sweet and happy girl looking for her forever home and a family to help her live her best life. If you or someone you know may be interested in adopting Chrissy, please visit the Wagging Tails Dog Rescue NY website at https://www.waggingtailsdogrescueny.org
Ashton (I am blind & deaf)
Please contact Greta’s Animal Ark Animal Rescue New Orleans, LA or email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 hes 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.
Beastie (I am vision impaired)
Please contact Seer Farms Carney’s Point, NJ or email@example.com
Thank you for coming by and saying HI! My name is Beastie, but I’m really a big softy. I am visually impaired, I can see different levels of light, but no detail so I’ll walk into things which are new to me. After I get my surroundings memorized, you wouldn’t know I was impaired at all! I love going out for walks, or running around in the backyard, or really just being outside. I snuggle down into blankets and am really good at keeping my room clean (housebroken). My short fur is silky soft, and I love being pet, and I eat up attention! I’d like to be a part of your home (especially if it’s a single level with few steps if any).
Ray (I am Blind)
Please contact Rescue Rep Dave at 415-686-4248 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Hoffman Estates, IL Lab Rescue
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.
Adeline (I am vision impaired)
Please contact email@example.com Hoffman Estates, IL
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.
Breed: Manchester Terrier
Please contact SecondHand Mutts Cleveland, OH
Vera is a senior dog who is 100% blind and hard of hearing. She came to us via rescue transfer from Cleveland Animal Care & Control. Vera moved immediately into a foster home where she is learning to navigate her new environment and is enjoying spending time with her work-from-home human and resident dogs. Vera visited Gateway Animal Clinic shortly after entering our program and is up to date on all vaccinations. Foster’s Report:
Vera is a curious, loving, gentle girl who was someone’s pet prior to being picked up as a stray. While she is 100 percent blind, she gets around quite well and is quickly learning the layout of my house and fenced yard area. I’d characterize her as a cuddle bug, a true lap dog, that loves to be with her human. She is particularly fond of women, and is drawn to female voices, but she does warm up to males once given the chance to sniff them out. Generally speaking, she does not like loud/unusual voices or loud noises since they tend to frighten her. She lets out forceful/loud barks and small growls when she is spooked or faced with the unknown, so a quiet home with no children would be best.
Vera would happily spend all day lying on your lap or next to you on the couch but she is just as comfortable sleeping next to your chair while you work. She has mastered jumping up and down from the couch and can even do stairs (walking up them) when I walk them beside her. I do have the bottom and top of the stairs in my home baby gated (at all times) preventing her from venturing on them by herself when she is home alone. At times, I choose to carry her down the stairs. It’s important to note that while she is a small dog, she is solidly built, muscular and strong. At just over 20 pounds, her adopter will need to be able to lift and carry her at times.
While she does just fine when home alone, and shows no signs of separation anxiety or destructive behavior, I do not leave her for long periods of time since I am working from home these days. I do believe, because of her vision impairment, she would do better in a home where she is left alone for a minimal amount of time each day. So, matching her with someone who can spend the majority of their time with her is optimal. Vera is house trained and has never had an accident in the house. She shows no signs of aggression, food or otherwise, and gets along with other dogs. In addition to placing her in a home with someone who can spend their days with her, I also think Vera may benefit from having another dog in the home. I’ve noticed she will follow other dogs’ scents and the sound of their collars which also helps her navigate inside and outside the house.
Ocean (I am deaf and vision impaired)
Please contact Family Dog Rescue San Francisco, CA
Come and meet Ocean! He has been waiting patiently for almost a year to meet his forever family. Ocean is about 4 years old. He is a Double Merle Catahoula Hound mix (maybe with Australian shepard). Because he is a double Merle, Ocean is deaf and mostly vision impaired. But Ocean bravely and boldly navigates his world and is waiting for a new beginning with a happy heart. Ocean loves human attention; in fact, he craves it because this sweet boy was kept in a crate for most of his life. Are you looking for a dog you can take to the office? Ocean would do great in an office without other dogs. He does like to play with other dogs and he has made many dog friends. He also likes to ride in the car and was great for his first bath! If you are looking for a hiking buddy, Ocean is the one! He can hike for miles without getting tired. Overall, he will make an amazing best friend to a person who would love to train, exercise with, and give confidence to this sweet guy!
Loki (I am blind )
Please contact Family Dog Rescue San Francisco, CA
Meet Loki!! Introverted, sweet home body, looking for someone to pull him out of his shell and be the true proud Husky he’s meant to be. The outside world can be a bit scary right now, especially if you can’t see but with the right person he will soar. Loki came to us from the streets of Fresno with his other 4 Husky siblings where he and the other 4 were dumped blind, without a way to get food or see the world. People can be so cruel. Please show this guy not everyone wants to do him harm. Loki would love a home with a person who will give him the love he’s never experienced before. Take him to Husky meetup to meet other dogs like him and watch him blossom. If there’s ever a dog that needs love, it’s this one.
Odin (I am blind )
Please contact Family Dog Rescue San Francisco, CA
Meet Odin! Odin came to us from Fresno along with his other four husky siblings. Abandoned likely due to their lack of vision, Odin is recently discovering what it means to be a happy pup. This pup loves to make his laps around our shelter yard, he’s a professional sniffer and makes his way around with caution. He enjoys being handled. He’s rediscovering the world around him he would prefer to sniff his way to his forever owners hearts. Being blind does not stop this guy from living to the fullest!
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 February 09, 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.