found out about the Blind Dog Rescue Alliance in February 2010 on
VolunteerMatch.com. A few weeks after applying, I recieved a phone call
from a current volunteer of BDRA. She was super nice and informative. I
soon became a volunteer myself and I LOVE IT! When I started
volunteering, I was attending my last year of college and working part
time (super stressful). But, even with everything I had going on, I
still was able to take part in BDRA. That's the best part. BDRA worked
around my schedule.
working with BDRA, I've taken part in a lot that the rescue has
to offer, and met many new friends and dogs in the process. I've
attended events on the weekends, done reference checks, worked on the
websites, transported dogs, and many other things that, in turn, helps
these dogs out!
BDRA is such an amazing organization, and I am so glad that I am able to be a part of what they do. These pups deserve it! :)"
- Amber, Pennsylvania
"We had a
13y.o. American Eskimo that was progressively going blind at the time
due to P.R.A. We started to do some research on blind dogs so we
could find out how to make his life more comfortable. When we came
across the B.D.R.A. website, we found that out and much more! We have
been volunteering since then.
and I decided to start transporting for BDRA. What a wonderful
feeling!! to help get a pooch that has just come off death row
sometimes pulling them from the shelter with just minutes to live. We
picked up this little guy from a shelter that we were supposed
to transport to New England, but we were going to foster him for a few
days until the weekend, that his run was to take place. His name was
BP (blind pup). I named him Roscoe. I think he was with us for about
2 minutes and we decided to adopt him. He was BDRA's first adopted
then we have fostered and transported many dogs for BDRA, sending our
fosters off to there perfect fur-ever home for their second life is an
unbelievable feeling! Pablo and I feel like we have made a difference
for alot of dogs that would otherwise have been killed in a shelter.
All it takes is a little bit of love and some of your time to have the
same feeling we have had."
- Pablo & Val, Tennessee
"When BDRA first formed I couldn't wait to join. I have had dogs my whole life but never a blind dog,
my senior dogs had some trouble seeing as they aged but never went
completely blind. Working with blind and visually impaired dogs is
wonderful. I never realized there were that many blind or visually
impaired dogs in shelters. It's just endless the dogs that need
A special thank you to our mascot Ray Charles who
crossed The Rainbow Bridge last Dec, if it weren't for Ray Charles,
this group would not have formed. We miss you Ray Ray."
- Bev, Pennsylvania
"I've always loved animals and volunteering with BDRA has made me love more from the heart. These are amazing people and amazing animals. I'm glad I'm part of this wonderful group."
- Rita, Pennsylvania
rescued a blind dog in February 2010. I never owned a dog before, never
mind a blind one! BDRA was extremely professional to work with. I like
that they are open to new ideas and consider their volunteers an
important part of their growth. I have worked for other rescue groups
and this group really had their act together in such a small amount of
time. I love that they are all about rescuing the dogs and every dog
out there, not matter how frail, how sick, deserves a second chance
- Peggy, Massachusetts
discovered this group while looking for resources for my dog who was
going to have his second eye removed, and I decided to volunteer. I am
so glad I did! I truly had no idea just how many blind dogs end
up in shelters every day. It's quite an experience to follow a dog's
story from the time he gets pulled from the shelter, to when he gets
transported to his foster home, to his adoption into a loving and
caring forever home. Thinking about all the volunteers who help make
that happen is amazing - from the fundraising team, to the person who
pulled from the shelter, to the people who plan and drive the
transports, to the people who foster, to the people who check
references, and so on, and so on. It
is a wonderful and special feeling to be a part of this group. One of
the best parts is that I can do as little or as much as I'm able.
Whatever fits into my schedule at that time. Every little bit helps!"
have joined BDRA it has opened up my eyes to just how many animals are
suffering out there. My favorite part about this group is that it is
very open and flexible to the amount of work one is able to put into
it. It feels good to feel you are just one more person that can help
these poor animals and get them on the road to a better life. The group
is full of amazing people with lots of love to give, I feel blessed to
part of it."
- Danielle, Pennsylvania
- Debbie, New York
I was searching online for different blind dog experiences, since my eldest female "Sascha" has 2 different eye diseases. I came across the Blind Dog Rescue Alliance and started looking at their site, i decided to apply as a volunteer and see what i could help with. A very nice volunteer emailed me back that i was accepted and i was so happy!
I haven't been able to do much as of yet to help the group as most transports, etc are in the states, but i am looking forward to being there when needed and I try to keep my team support going via emails.