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.
8/5 UPDATE: NALA IS STILL URGENTLY IN NEED OF A FOSTER OR ADOPTIVE HOME! NALA’S FOSTER NEEDS TO PLACE HER SO THAT SHE CAN MOVE.
UPDATE 6-23-22 URGENT!!: Nala is now urgent! Her current foster is moving and will not be able to foster Nala much longer.
For a sweet video of Nala playing, please visit: https://youtu.be/-Y7xmvBqX9I
Age: about 1 1/2 years old
Breed: Mixed Breed, 27#, small Sex: Female, not spayed
Location: Tarrant County, TX
Vet Information: Nala is currently in foster with a rescue group, Bull Luv Able Paws and Chi Wawas Rescue. https://bullluvablepaws.org/dog/nala/
She has been with the rescue since she was a tiny pup, having been taken in from a kill shelter. Nala is up to date on vaccinations and microchipped, but she is not spayed. Nala will be going in to get spayed in mid August. She is heartworm negative. Nala was born with limited sight and can possibly see shadows and movement. Nala eats well and loves to play!
Nala has been diagnosed with cerebral ataxia, and the vet suggested that Nala be put to sleep due to quality of life issues. However, her foster parent volunteered to help Nala find a home despite her disability since, at this time, she feels that Nala seems like a normal, young dog except for her vision. She feels that putting her down is a premature step. With cerebellar ataxia, the dog is unable to control the rate and range of their gait. This often looks like the dog is taking really exaggerated steps, even as if climbing stairs, only with no stairs present. Cerebellar ataxia is caused by lesions in the cerebellum of the brain. For additional information, one source is: https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/ataxia-in-dogs
Rescue Foster Information: Nala is an indoor dog who is crate trained. She is housebroken and leash trained. She’s working on learning to sit for a treat! Nala is an outgoing girl who is good with women, men, teenagers, and other female dogs. She currently lives with three other female senior dogs. Her foster feels that Nala adapts well to new situations and surroundings despite being blind because it only took her a few days to become familiar with their house, but, once Nala was in a routine, she was fine. Nala is all tail wags and loves to follow the other dogs around. Nala is eager to learn! She will boop her nose to your hand for a treat! She loves to play with the other dogs in her home. Her foster thinks that she’d be great with another dog to guide her!
Nala has shown some food aggression towards other dogs. Nala is fed in her crate, but if the other dogs come near her food, even when she is in the crate and the others are outside of her crate, she will growl and bark. She will also do this around the shared water bowls, but she has never bitten. Nala has growled back when another dog in the home, who is protective of her toys, had a toy and growled when Nala got close to it. Her foster parent feels that this is most likely due to her vision issues, and that it is Nala’s way of giving a warning.
Nala’s foster parent says that she’s a sweet girl that needs training since she can’t learn from other dogs as well as other dogs can. She’s smart and could really benefit from training with someone who is familiar with blind or partially blind dogs. She would like Nala to have training and find a wonderful home. Her foster parent is taking Nala to a trainer that works with the rescue’s foster dogs, but it will be a group training, not a one-on-one training which her foster thinks would really benefit Nala.
Her foster would like you to know: “She’s so sweet and seems happy. She seems like a normal, young dog to me that just can’t see well, so I felt putting her down was premature. I volunteered to help find her a place to call home no matter her disability. Unfortunately, due to me caring for my elderly mom, as well as caring for 3 senior dogs, I can’t keep her. She’s a happy dog that just needs a loving home and someone that could train her. Thank you!!”
Age: 3 months (born April 2022)
Breed: Bulldog mix, 8 pounds at 2 months, will most likely be a medium to large dog Sex: Male, neutered
Location: Essex County, MA
For additional info and pictures see Colt’s Rescue Profile: https://www.petfinder.com/dog/colt-special-needs-sweetheart-55953289/ma/andover/great-dog-rescue-new-england-ma224/
This adorable puppy is Colt, an American Bulldog mix little fellow. All of Colt’s cute littermates have been adopted, but he has been left behind because he was born without eyes. That hasn’t stopped him one bit from being “all-puppy.” Colt is just like a normal, loving pup. He can follow your voice and gets around great. He has already mastered the layout of his foster family’s house and gets around great. He loves playing with other dogs and cats. And he ADORES little kids!
He is a sweet, loving little dude that would benefit from a home that is experienced with blind pups. Considering his disability, potty training may take more time than any other puppy. He requires a fenced-in yard. All dogs are up to date on vaccinations and spayed/neutered at the time of adoption. All dogs require professional training to become the best family member they can be. To adopt or learn more about Colt, you must fill out an adoption application. To find the application, copy and paste this URL into your browser: WWW.GDRNE.COM/ADOPTION-APPLICATION
Vet Information: Colt was born with tiny eye balls that were removed because they hadn’t developed enough for him to have any vision. He has no other medical issues. He is on heartworm and flea/tick preventatives. Colt was dewormed in May and June of 2022. He is neutered, and his rescue reports that he is up to date on vaccinations.
Rescue Information: Colt is currently with Great Dog Rescue New England. Colt is a high energy puppy who is living in a foster home. He sleeps in the dog room at night with puppy pads. He has never displayed signs of resource guarding towards humans or other dogs or animals, and Colt has never gotten into a scuffle with another dog. He has no bite history, and he does not display signs of anxiety or reactive or aggressive behavior. Colt has been around dogs of all sizes and ages, and he is learning how to walk on a leash. He is not crate trained. Colt appears to have a low prey drive. Colt greets new people in a friendly manner. He doesn’t exhibit mouthy behavior, and he has been fostered with a 3 year old and 5 year old child. Colt lives with cats and plays with the cats in the home who are dog friendly. He has accidents in the home because he is a young puppy so Colt will need help with housebreaking, which may take longer than with other puppies due to his disability. He’s not had any training, so he will need help learning common cues. Colt can follow your voice and gets around great. He quickly mastered the layout of his home and loves playing with other cats and dogs. Colt is a sweet, loving little pup that would benefit from a home that is experienced with blind dogs. He requires a fenced-in yard.
From Colt’s Foster Parent: “Colt is absolutely precious, and I am not sure people realize that he is just a normal pup at heart. He obviously does require special care to keep him safe but not anything that is too hard. He is doing very well walking on lead and enjoys time playing in the yard on a tie-out. I have not cut him loose in the fenced area because it is such a large space and he is so small right now. He learns his boundaries quickly if in his puppy pen or on the staked tie-out. He loves toys but really needs toys that make noise or have a smell so he can find them when he throws them or they roll away from him.”
Ayla is with BFF Pet Adoption in TX, for additional information and photos click here
Ayla is still available as of 8/2022
Age: 12-13 years
Breed: Yellow Labrador Retriever and Beagle mix, medium, 34# Sex: Female, spayed
Location: Hardin County, Texas
Vet Information: Ayla is spayed and up to date on vaccines per her rescue. Ayla is heartworm positive but had the six month proheart vaccine using the slow kill method. Her rescue is working to cure her ear infections from lack of care and living outdoors her entire life. They are also solving her flaky skin and hair loss issues due to fleas. Ayla has some scars on her back from an unknown cause. She is now being well cared for and is a very clean dog. Ayla is hard of hearing, but can hear some tones. She is losing her vision, but Ayla sees some shadows and large objects.
Rescue Information: Ayla is with BFF Pet Adoption. She is a very sweet, shy girl who is in need of a loving family that will have the patience to help her build her confidence and learn to live her best life indoors. She’s afraid and will cower at loud noises that she is unfamiliar with. Ayla is good with children and male dogs. It is unsure how she is with cats. Ayla prefers not to share her food since she ate alone in the back yard all her life. Crating her while she is eating is best. She’s never shown any aggression to anyone, and Ayla has no bite history.
From Ayla’s Rescue: https://www.petfinder.com/dog/ayla-55556516/tx/silsbee/bff-pet-adoption-tx1688/
- Characteristics: Friendly, Affectionate, Gentle, Couch potato, Quiet, Loves kisses
- Coat length: Short
- Health:Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered.
- Good in a home with: Children.
- Application and adoption fee required.
I am Ayla and my family had me since I was a pup. I was left outside all my life and now at 12 yrs old, they decided they no longer wanted to care for me. Not that they had done much of that in 12 yrs.
BFF took me in, and they are getting me all fixed up. I have been spayed, up to date on vaccines and am on heartworm preventative. I did test positive, but heartworms are only deadly if nothing is done. My ears were very infected from not being cared for and multiple ear infections over the years. My skin is flaky and I have hair loss for fleas. But before long I will be a beauty.
I am now being well cared for and am ready to go to my real forever home. I want to go to a home where they will love and care for me the remainder of my days.
I look like a MINI Yellow Lab. I weigh about 34 lbs and just want to give and receive love and affection. My hearing is going, my sight is going, but my SPIRIT AND HEART are very much alive and well.
PLEASE CONSIDER A SENIOR.
We SENIORS need love too and we are the BEST!!!
Does anyone have room for sweet Ayla?
Please email BigEastAkitaRescue@verizon.net if you are interested in Kita!
To view a video of Kita’s journey back to health with before and after photos, please visit:
Age: 2-3 years
Breed: Akita/Husky mix or all Akita, large, 79# Sex: Female, spayed
Location: Bucks County, PA
Kita is still available as of August 2022
Vet Information: Kita is spayed and microchipped. Per her rescue, she is up to date on vaccines. Kita tested heartworm negative. She was found neglected on the streets. Her blindness is due to Uveodermatological Syndrome (UDS) which is an immune-mediated canine disease characterized by inflammation of the eye, depigmentation of skin and whitening of hair. Please see the link in the rescue information below for more information. Kita has had both eyes removed.
Foster Information: Kita is currently in a foster home affiliated with Big East Akita Rescue. She has been there since her enucleation surgery in early 2022. When she arrived, she was in poor physical condition. She needed love and healing which received in her foster home, and she is now ready to go to a loving home of her own. Kita is in foster because they feel that she was fearful in the kennel, and she is reactive to other dogs. She would do best in a home without other pets or small children. Kita is currently living with four other Akitas, but it is not the best situation for her, according to her foster parent. Kita is not possessive with treats, toys, or food. However, she has snapped at a child twice, but she did not make contact. Kita is an indoor dog confined to one area of the home. She is housebroken. Kita knows cues for up (to go up the steps), down (to go down the steps), sit, stay, and caution. She has learned all of these helpful cues at her foster home. Kita is an outgoing girl who is good with men, women, and teenagers.
For more info and pictures From Kita’s Rescue: https://www.petfinder.com/dog/kita-54486777/nj/toms-river/big-east-akita-rescue-nj691/?referrer_id=8b3c424f-3248-465c-9cc2-1eaf95279aa8
Kita is a 2-3 year old blind female Akita that was found abandoned on the city streets of Philadelphia, PA. This lovely gal was found to have VKH. https://www.samoyedhealthfoundation.org/diseases/uveodermatologic-syndrome-uds/
This disease is easily managed by using steroids. Kita has since had both eyes removed to alleviate pain. She appears to have been blind for some time and navigates well. Kita is a confident loving gal who loves toys and responds well to voices. Kita never meets a stranger, loves all people, and is always up for a new adventure. Our girl Kita sees with her heart and not her eyes. Interested in Kita? Please go to our website and fill out an online adoption application. https://bigeastakitarescue.org/
Age: 4-5 years
Breed: Shepherd/Husky mix, large, 55# Sex: Female, Spayed
Location: Jackson County, Kentucky
Vegas is still available as of August 2022
VET INFORMATION: Vegas is spayed and microchipped. She is up to date on vaccinations. Vegas is heartworm positive, but her rescue is going to be treating her for it. She is partially blind but sees shadows. Vegas bumps into things in dim lighting. She has a salve that is to be put in her eyes for glaucoma, but Vegas is resistant to having salve or drops put in to the point that her rescue is debating whether it is worth the daily struggle to administer it. Vegas may develop cataracts and eventually be totally blind.
RESCUE PROFILE: Please see the link below for Vegas’ online profile with her rescue:
RESCUE INFORMATION: Vegas is currently with Dragon Dream Team Rescue after having been rescued from the streets. They’re seeking help with placing her because she is a nice dog who gets along with most other dogs, but they feel she’d do better in a calmer home situation. Vegas is housebroken and leash trained. She is working on learning sit and come! Vegas is an outgoing girl who is good with men, women, and teenagers. She’s around many different dogs in her foster home, male and female, young and old, and gets along well providing that the other dogs don’t jump in her face. Vegas has never shown aggression to any person or other animal, and she has no bite history. However, Vegas can be nervous around food and possessive with her food dish. Her rescue says that her food can be left out, but if she is eating, she will bark and jump at any dog who approaches.
Vegas has typical husky behavior and listens when she wants to! She has energy like a husky. Her rescue is recommending a home without children because she can be pushy and jump on you at times. A fenced-in yard is a must. She’s been on an outing to Tractor Supply with her rescue, and she wagged her tail and greeted all the people she met there. They tell us that, in her foster home, Vegas seemed to attach herself to one person in the family. The other person has to put a leash on her to make her go outside. Vegas is very much a house dog!
Please email DragonDreamTeamRescue@gmail.com if you are interested in Vegas!
Name: Lady Bug
Age: 3-4 years
Breed: Catahoula Leopard Dog/Boxer mix, large, 40# Sex: Female, spayed
Location: Kitsap/King County, WA
Lady Bug is still available as of August 2022
Please visit Lady Bug’s online profile that includes a video, photos, and more information: https://petlover.petstablished.com/pets/public/1112308?awo=Three+Little+Pitties+Rescue&widget=false
Vet Information: After Lady Bug was brought into Three Little Pitties Rescue program, she underwent complete vetting including spaying, vaccinations, rabies injections, heartworm preventatives and any additional medical care needed including a behavioral assessment. She tested heartworm negative, and she is microchipped. Lady Bug was born with congenital damage to her retinas. As a consequence, her vision began to deteriorate over time. Currently, Lady Bug appears to have diminished depth perception. She is not completely blind.
Rescue/Foster Information: Lady Bug is currently in a warm and loving foster home affiliated with Three Little Pitties Rescue. Sadly, she was found abandoned on a rural road in Texas and brought by the Rescue to the Pacific Northwest. They are looking to find a loving adoptive home for this very special girl who has limited vision. Lady Bug’s new family should have some experience with special needs dogs, lots of love and hugs, and patience as she ‘maps’ her way into your home and heart. Lady Bug is primarily housebroken and leash trained, but there are some aspects of both that she will need further work on. Because she often uses her mouth to feel her way, she would do best in a home without young children or small dogs.
Lady Bug is an indoor dog with the run of the house. Although it is unknown if she’s ever had formal obedience training, Lady Bug knows cues for sit, down, walk at heel, and stay (which she’ll do briefly!). Lady Bug is an outgoing girl who is good with men, women, and teenagers. She’s good with both male and female dogs, and she is currently in foster with a small dog and a large dog. Lady Bug is not possessive with treats, toys, or food. She has never shown aggression to any person or other animal, and Lady Bug has no bite history. Lady Bug responds well to caregivers who have some experience with visually impaired dogs and are loving, warm, and can help her feel safe in a new environment.
Lady Bug’s Rescue Profile: LadyBug started her life in rural Texas. Before long, it became apparent to her owners that she had problems with her vision. Their solution to this problem was to neglect her and then abandon her. Lady Bug was found wandering the back roads of Waller County, Texas, emaciated and terribly frightened. Due to poor breeding, Lady Bug suffers from a genetic eye condition that affects her vision. We know Lady is able to see some things, however, we are unsure precisely what and how much. Lady Bug’s ability to navigate the life around her demonstrates that her spatial understanding is affected: she will step on you and bump into you – unable to understand where she is in space. Her depth perception is affected, coming down stairs like a freight train with no breaks and then turns into a pinball. Going up stairs is much the same.
Lady also explores the world with her mouth the same way a blind person might use their hands. There is not a single mean or aggressive bone in her body however, Lady needs to find a family that understands her mouthing behavior for what it is – processing and navigating an environment that she is unable to see. Prior to being in her foster home at the end of February, Lady had not been exposed to a home environment. She has just recently learned how comfy a dog bed can be, that grass can be used for peeing, and that toys are fun.
Lady has a very excited vocal response to food preparation and at times can act a bit like a fish flopping out of water! However, this behavior is not a big surprise knowing that she has had episodes of being without food. A uniform feeding schedule and firm boundaries will help with this. Lady is crate trained, will happily lay on the back seat during a car ride and walks fairly well on a leash, however she does pull some and would benefit from further training. There are some aspects of house training that Lady still needs support with.
Lady is 70% old soul – happy to lie in the sun or stretch out calmly in the house; and, 30% playful young dog. She will benefit from a home that helps her learn how to play and understands her play style.
Lady is a medium to large size dog who loves to sunbathe, stretch out on her back for tummy scratches and loves ear rubs. She is such a loving dog and just wants someone who will love her in return – quirks and special needs included, as much as she can love them. Lady will do best as the only dog in a home with older children.
LadyBug started off with nothing and deserves only the best: nothing less than a happily-ever-after life with a loving, warm and understanding family.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in Ladybug!
Lilly is still available as of August 2022
Sweet Lilly is looking for her FOREVER HOME!!!
Lilly, an Anatolian Shepherd/Great Pyrenees mix, is about 5-6 months young and visually impaired.
– who can provide a calm environment.
– without children.
– with 1 or 2 other dogs max.
– with a backyard that is fenced in.
– where she won’t be home alone for more than 4 hours per day.
– who understands she has special needs.
– who understands that she will need eye drops for the rest of her life, with a slight chance of needing eye-removing surgery in the future.
What the family will get in return:
A sweet girl who is UTD, housebroken and gives lots of LOVE and can’t stop smiling!!!
Lilly is in Oklahoma, but transportation is available!!!
Trouble is still available as of August 2022
Trouble is with Lycoming County SPCA in Williamsport, PA. Contact info is (570) 322-4646 or email@example.com
To see additional information about Trouble click here.
Trouble is an independent boy who is happy just doing his own thing. He is very sweet and loves going for walks. He is visually impaired so he really enjoys exploring the world through scent and touch. He does hyper-focus on toys to the point where it is difficult to get them back, he may even ignore everything else to try and find the toy.
Purple – 16+ Kids, Only Pet
Lenie Lemon is still in available as of August 2022
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
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/heartlandrr
Gidget is still looking for her forever home as of August 2022.
Some additional updated information on Gidget:
- We would love for her to be adopted with her ‘service dog’. They are both great dogs!
- She has been fostered with dogs and cats. Great with children. Both spayed and vaccinated. Transport can be available”
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 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.’
I am blind
Dog • Adult • Female • Medium
Please contact: One Love Animal Rescue or view her Adopt A Pet page Mount Laurel, NJ
Diva is still in need of a home as of August 2022
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.