Adoption on hold for medical reasons

Handsome Fletcher ended up in a Baltimore shelter in October 2021. Here is what the shelter posted about him:

He is the sweetest little thing. Despite being surrendered, this fella is in good spirits, enjoying being held and the snacks he’s being fed. He’s cute as can be, but at the age of 16, there’s no reason he should spend more time than necessary at a shelter.

Once in our care, our vets noted he is underweight but has good muscling, has bilateral cataracts and is likely blind, and has a small, cyst type mass on his back. He also has some mild otitis.

We love this adorable guy. He’s stolen hearts all around the shelter, and it’s safe to say he did so as soon as he walked through our doors. He may need a little TLC, but he’s definitely worth it.


Fletcher is a ten-pound, black poodle who came to his Virginia Blind Dog Rescue foster home in October, and he has settled in well. He gets along with the dogs in the home and ignores the cats. He loves attention and especially loves to walk around outside.

Fletcher has spent some time at the vet getting his medical needs addressed. He had the rest of his teeth removed recently. He had an oronasal fistula closed and he has at least one more fistula that may or may not be able to be closed when he is neutered in a couple weeks. At that time, he will also have the mass removed that is on his back. His ears will be rechecked and also his blood and urine will be checked again too. He has had a UTI that is still being treated. There is the possibility Fletcher may have long-term trouble with his kidneys but the vets are hopeful that everything will resolve once he has been neutered.

Fletcher went to the groomer soon after he arrived at his foster home and was the perfect gentleman. The groomer said her job would be easy if every dog was as well-behaved as Fletcher when being groomed.

Every once in a while, it seems like Fletcher might hear a sound or might be able to see something but, for the most part, he can’t see or hear. He doesn’t seem bothered by it though, and is a happy boy. He has never growled, snapped, or bitten.

Fletcher is fine on a leash although sometimes wants to decide which direction to go. He is housebroken, and is happy in an indoor expen (measures about 2 feet by 4 feet) during the nights and when his foster parents are at work. He has not yet barked but does have a high-pitched whine; overall, though, he is pretty quiet.

One of the vets who has seen Fletcher said she does not believe he is 16 years old, and thinks he is more like 10-12 years old. Fletcher is not revealing his age, though, so he could be as old as 16 or might be quite a bit younger. Just like with most rescue dogs, age is unknown as is the medical history, and possible medical issues could arise in the future that are not apparent now.

Fletcher has not spent any time around young children and would do best in a home without young children since he cannot see or hear.

Fletcher is on medical hold until there is more definitive information about his health, including his kidneys, bloodwork, and fistulas. Stay tuned for updates on this wonderful dog!

Fletcher is not currently available for adoption for medical reasons.

About Me

  • Sex Male (not neutered)
  • Size Small (10 lbs.)
  • Age 16 years, 6 months old(DOB Sep 17, 2005)
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Good with other dogs? Yes
Good with cats? Other
Good with children? Unknown


Currently fostered in Fairfield, Virginia. (Transport is available)

Health Info

  • Vision Completely Blind(Cause: Cataracts)
Indifferent to cats.

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