Love is blind

In places where animal shelters are overcrowded, it’s hard enough to find homes for all of the young, healthy pets. The challenge is that much greater when age and serious medical issues are also a factor. Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) first learned about Herman — a 7-year-old cattle dog — from one of their partner shelters. He had glaucoma in both eyes, but the shelter couldn’t afford the medical care he needed, and as a result, Herman was suffering. 

A recent $15,000 Veterinary Medical Equipment Grant from the Banfield Foundation® allowed AAWL to expand and upgrade their veterinary clinic, so they had what they needed to perform surgery on Herman. In two separate procedures, both of his eyes were removed, and he was on the path to recovery. Apart from the physical recovery, Herman had to learn to navigate the world without sight. AAWL helped him readjust, and then find his forever home. 

Today, Herman hasn’t just adapted to life as a blind dog—he’s thriving. He has a loving family, his own Instagram account, and he’s even learned to play fetch!


About the Banfield Foundation

At the core of the Banfield Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the belief that all pets deserve access to veterinary care. In support of this belief, the foundation funds programs that enable veterinary care, elevate the power of the human-animal bond, provide disaster relief for pets, and advance the science of veterinary medicine through fostering innovation and education. It also leverages the expertise and passion of Banfield Pet Hospital® associates to care for pets in need. At the Banfield Foundation, we are committed to making a better world for pets because they make a better world for us.

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