Second Chances For Blind Dogs

Huffington Post recently wrote this great article in their Good News section about my non-profit (c) (3) organization called “Second Chances For Blind Dogs.” 

Our 501 (c) (3) organization’s mission is to help as many blind dogs as possible by supplying them with Muffin’s Halo to help them navigate in this world and have a second chance they otherwise would not have.  Unfortunately, so many are abandoned at shelters and left so sad and disoriented.  Can you imagine a blind dog being in a home for many years and then end up in a cold noisy shelter with nothing familiar to grasp onto around them?  I cannot even bear thinking about it!  Blind dogs are the first on “To Kill List.” We are determined to educate the world on how a blind dog can have a great life with the tools needed to soar.  Our goal is to bring forth awareness for blind dogs and champion for them, so they can have the best chance of getting rescued/adopted.

I was interviewed by fabulous dog lover Alexa Liasko with USC Annaberg and this is what she wrote and was published about us that explains what we do well 🙂

One woman’s desire to help her 12-year-old blind poodle inspired her to create a device that protects vision-impaired dogs. Now, the device is being used in shelters to help blind dogs that might not otherwise be adopted find a permanent home.

Silvie Bordeaux created a halo-like device and called it Muffin’s Halo after her toy poodle Muffin. It protects vision-impaired dogs of all sizes from hurting themselves around their homes and outdoors. The halo attaches to the dog with a vest-like harness and a rod around the dog’s head to alert it to walls and other barriers. It still allows the dog to eat, drink and play like it would without wearing the halo.

The halo “makes them feel very cuddled and it eases their anxiety, because a lot of blind dogs have anxiety,” Bordeaux said. “They get scared. But this gives them their confidence back. It’s like their little superpower.”

Bordeaux donates these halos through her non-profit, Second Chances for Blind Dogs, to shelters and rescues all around the world. A shelter can contact the non-profit, and Bordeaux says she does her absolute best to raise money for each and every requested halo. Lucky Puppy Rescue in Studio City, Los Angeles, is just one example of where Bordeaux’s halos have given blind dogs a second chance at adoption and a normal life. Dogs do not have to wear the halo forever (even though some do) because many are able to map their surroundings through smell. The halo serves to restore a dog’s confidence to navigate new environments.

The best part for Bordeaux is helping dogs get a second “leash on life,” as she calls it. “Blind dogs are number one on a ‘to kill’ list in a shelter,” Bordeaux said. “But they’re getting adopted now because it’s taken the stigma away. So many are getting adopted now … the ones with their halos,” said Bordeaux, noting how many families are hesitant to adopt a blind dog thinking it may be a lot of extra work. To Bordeaux, the work is minimal and worth it.

“I’m going to create a huge movement around the world for blind dogs. I can’t rest until I have that accomplished,” Bordeaux said.

With Second Chances for Blind Dogs now sending halos to shelters as far as Israel, she is on her way to doing just that.

Please visit our site : www.Secondchancesforblinddogs.org

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