Last updated: 7 Apr, 2021
Published on: 18 Feb, 2020
We asked the PetRescue community about caring for blind pets
Blind pets believe in seeing humans through their hearts. In fact, they make the best companions since what they can’t see, they make up for with extra cuddles and snuggles.
We reached out to the PetRescue community and asked blind pet owners to tell us what they’d want others to know about adopting blind pets...
I would love for people to know that blind dogs can be just as independent as dogs with sight, and they can be just as confident too. Blind dogs can still find their way to the doggy door and find their way back inside. If you move house they can have it mapped out in no time. Apart from being guided on our walks, there’s really nothing that my blind (and deaf) girl NEEDS me for that my other two don’t, but having said that my blind girl still loves to run off lead!
Blind dogs are wonderful. They can do everything a sighted dog can do but they come with more love 💓 The bond you can share with a blind dog is sooooo special!
~ Nicky Shanks
Our daughter adopted a beautiful tortoiseshell cat and didn’t realise straight away that she was blind, but she is now 13 years old and has coped really well. She’s a very loving girl 💞💞
~ Jane Fisher
I have fostered two blind dogs. Once they know their bearings they are no different from any other dog. Just don’t move the furniture. Very loving and adventurous they listen for your voice to find out where you are. The “forever foster” that I have now relies on hearing my footsteps I clap or click my fingers when she needs to come to me. They are so rewarding especially when you see them conquer new things!
~ Deborah Osborn
I have a 19yr old blind collie. There are challenges at first. But once the area and dog is established then you will forget they are blind. And being their eyes is a beautiful thing.
~ Sylvia Magri Southern
Here's what Greyhound Rescue shared about their blind greyhound and our current Adoptables feature, Churros:
"Churros is such a joy, but as a blind dog he needs some adjustments to be made to accommodate his needs. Blind dogs need to be slowly introduced to new environments to get their bearings. It is amazing to see how quickly he can adapt to new surroundings, but if something moves or changes he needs to be given a 'heads up'. We give Churros plenty of mental enrichment as he loves to use his nose to figure out puzzles, he is so smart so we are always thinking of new ways to stimulate him. It is fabulous watching him play with toys as he loves to throw them up in the air and play fetch with himself.
It will be so important for his forever home to take it slowly to ensure that he is safe and comfortable. Things like stairs are a bit too tricky for him to navigate. As he is a young dog he would love a family that will give him lots of enrichment and perhaps enrol him in NoseWork classes when he’s ready. He would prefer a quieter area and a home with a yard without other pets so he can be the centre of attention!"
~ Greyhound Rescue