Blind Dog Rescue Alliance is a vital group for several reasons. The first is that they save blind and/or visual limited dogs from being put to sleep simply because the dogs are considered "unadoptable". The vast network of volunteers across the country seek out and find temporary homes for these dogs until "forever" homes can be found for them. The second reason Blind Dog Rescue Alliance is so important is that they provide food shelter and all medical treatment for these dogs. Many times in can run into the thousand of dollars. They run events, dinners, and numerous other fund raising just to try to cover the expenses for these dogs. No one receives any compensation, all the volunteers generously give both time and money . The third equally important mission of this rescue is to make the public aware of the plight that these dogs. Very few people even know that a blind dog is just like any dog (sometimes better). With a little time and patience, these dogs are loving happy members of families.
Blind Dog Rescue Alliance (BDRA) is a wonderful group of volunteers who devote their time, money, energy, etc into saving blind and visually impaired dogs. Many of our volunteers, including myself, spend our weekends at adoption events with our fosters trying to find them a forever home and to raise funds for BDRA. 100% of our donations go to pay for the vet care of the dogs that we rescue. Other volunteers, give up some of their weekend to transport dogs from state to state to get the dog out of the shelter and into a foster home where the dog can start and receive love, training, vet care, whatever they may need. We have voluteers who crosspost to other rescues in an effort to save the dogs that we (BDRA) can't take. We have lot of volunteers all across the US and Canada working together to save as many blind dogs as we can.
I am on the board of Blind Dog Rescue Alliance. Our volunteers are the most amazing and dedicated people I have ever met. We have saved an incredible number of blind and visually impaired dogs, thanks to our volunteers willing to transport, pull dogs from shelters, network urgent dogs, foster, fundraise, and all the other things they do all the time. Thank you to everyone for helping us rescue more than 200 dogs so far!
On two occasions this past summer I volunteered to help with transporting two dogs to a foster home with the hopes of them having a second chance of finding a loving family (furever home). I look forward to doing more transports if in my area and I am available.
Early last year, we had a very rough stretch - in about 5 weeks time, I had a co-worker and an aunt die of cancer. In addition, we had to put our beloved Lab/Husky mix Angie to sleep. A few weeks after our dog was put down, my sister, an officer of BDRA, sent us a few pictures of available dogs BDRA was fostering at the time. My wife chose an adorable little Aussie Shepherd named Innoko, who was being fostered in Delaware with his brother Jetson. Sadly, poor little Innoko contracted Parvo, and, fought with all his might, but, simply did not have the energy to win this battle. After everything else we had gone through, this news hit us very hard. My wife went down to Delaware to be with Innoko's foster mom when he was mercifully put out of his misery. After it was over, she went to the foster house to meet Jetson, and, after spending a few hours with such a happy-go-lucky goofball, she was smitten. A couple weeks later, Jetson came home to us, and his sweet disposition, combined with his fun-loving antics, raised the spirits of our entire house after a very depressing couple of months. Since then, Jetson has continued to provide us with plenty of love and laughs, so much so that over the summer, we adopted another blind/deaf Aussie Shepherd, a female named Rosie who is as mischievous and loving as Jetson, but more fearless. Through both adoptions BDRA was most helpful, providing us with all the information we could possibly need to raise a visually challenged dog. The work they do is amazing, and the time and effort put in by volunteers is just incredible. Rosie was transported from Missouri to Philadelphia over a weekend, with an overnight sleepover at a volunteer's house. They deserve all the help anyone who loves animals can provide.
Having owned a blind dog, I know the great love that such a pet can bring to ones life. BDRA is an organization that goes above and beyond in finding great homes for even greater dogs!
I lost my beloved cat in October of 2010. He was a stray that I took in and found out that he was a very sick little boy. We took care of him and loved him for 5 years. I missed him and wanted to do something to honor his memory. While looking online, I found Blind Dog Rescue Alliance. While I had many animals over the years, I never thought of blind dogs. I filled out the application and became a volunteer for this wonderful group. Within 6 months of joining, I adopted a blind senior girl. She is a wonderful addition to my family. We love her very much and I have learned so much about her and myself. Blind Dog Rescue Alliance is a terrific group of dedicated volunteers. They all go above and beyond what many rescues do to pull these dogs from all over the country and find wonderful loving homes for them. Everyone is loving and caring and the dogs are always the top priority.
What an awesome group of people! They help the most unfortunate of the innocent victims of human cruelty. Just can't say enough about their big hearts!
when BDRA asked if I could foster a neglected beagle in Missouri with glaucoma (an eye so far gone that that it needed to be removed) and other issues I said yes and started understanding the difficulty dog rescues go thru everywhere. They paid for all of Monte's procedures, which were well beyond the bad eye that needed to be removed; but also skin growths & teeth pulled and dental cleaning. He went from being a neglected, sad and confused dog to a loving & joyous one in a matter of days thanks to their stepping in and rescuing him from a life of neglect in a back yard. They sent me a harness, toys, chews and treats for him in the mail so I wasn't spending my own money. Truly no effort was spared in rescuing this little dog. Then they arranged for transport across country, using volunteers form all the states between Missouri and Pennsylvania to get him into a home. The amount of work and effort they put into rescuing these sight challenged dogs is ENORMOUS. From their constant fund raising efforts to pay for the dog's often major medical issues and donation drives to orchestrating drivers across the country to get the dogs where they need to be...& finally into loving homes, this group just never stops. They never stop caring and working and caring some more.
My boyfriend and I saw Bia for the first time on Petfinder and it was love at first sight (for us ;). We immediately contacted Blind Dog Rescue Alliance and filled out an application; We were suprised and delighted at how fast we got a reply. Over the next month we worked with Sheila Van Tine and Sandee Jordan on adopting Bia. They seemed to work tirelessly to help us get Bia; accepting our calls at 9pm and on the weekends! They knew how important this was to us. It's now a month later and Bia is taking naps with my other dog and settling right in. She's only been with us for 4 days now and the thought of the years to come is a dream come true. Thank you, Blind Dog Rescue Alliance. It is true what you say: "blind dogs see with their hearts!".
I learned of BDRA in May of 2010. And because we had a blind dog,Foster, I joined their FaceBook page. I got on their website, blinddogrescue.com all the time and would read the stories and updates of the different dogs. All their stories touched my heart. Then our Foster pasted away this past Aug. Our hearts were broken. But after a while, we knew that we would like to get another dog. And we knew we wanted another blind dog. Because Foster had opened our eyes to the fact that blind dogs are extra special. We had a couple of the dogs in mind from the BDRA's website. But one little guy had made a big impression on us, Quade. He reminded us a lot of our Foster. So, we started the adoption process. We have spoken to several people with BDRA, and all have been very professional, caring, and understanding. We felt that they were very thorough, and really cared that every dog went to a good home. We are very excited that we are adopting Quade. He already has made a special place in our home and hearts. As has the members of the BDRA. I know we will continue to watch their website and FaceBook pages, and watch the BDRA grow. They will continue to do great things for blind and visionally impaired dogs. And I'm sure we will continue to adopt from them. Thank you BDRA for all your hard work and for saving these very special dogs. Without BDRA many of these wonderful dogs would have been lost!! That includes our little Quade. THANK YOU!!!