Saturday, May 3, 2014

Miami Dade FL: Blind Poodle at Miami Dade Shelter!

From: Katie Walter <>
Date: Sat, May 3, 2014 at 11:16 AM
Subject: Miami Dade, FL - Blind Poodle at Miami Dade Shelter!!

CONTACT: Ana Gait: 305-582-1063,       (at  

Sent: Saturday, May 03, 2014 1:24 PM
Blind Poodle in Miami shelter!!

Folks, this poor little guy has been sitting at Miami Dade Animal Services in Miami, FL really unnoticed until Ana, a volunteer at the shelter noticed him yesterday afternoon.  He is in need of rescue from this high kill, overcrowded shelter.  

Ana asked that I get him posted right away to everyone.  She is going today to the shelter, and plans to spend some time with him and get some new pics and possibly a video.  He is already past his "available" date, which means he can be put down at any time. Ana prefers to act as the contact for him at this time. 
As soon as I hear from her about what she finds out on him today, I will get an update out to everyone. 

From: "Ana Gait"       (at
Sent: Saturday, May 3, 2014 10:37:05 AM
Blind Poodle in Miami shelter!!!

Good morning,  

My name is Ana Gait, and I am a dog trainer volunteer at Miami Dade Animal Services in Miami, FL.  I am writing to you because yesterday I noticed a quiet male with an enlarged eye (Glaucoma?), and possibly blind on the other eye as well.  It was late in the day and it was feeding time, so I could not take him out of his kennel to interact more with him, but the time I did spend interacting with him through the kennel allowed me to tell that this boy is likely to be blind on both eyes.  I have a blind JRT myself, so I am able to recognize some signs; 

when I called him or smooched at him, he would gaze in my direction but not precisely at me; no blink reflex when sharply putting my hand near his eyes; confused about where was the treat; he would sniff to try to find it and when his nose touched my hand he would get startled -also startled when I would pet his neck, even though I made sure to do so slowly and in a angle where he would be able to "see" my hand coming. 

As you can see on the attached intake form, the shelter thinks this boy is 10 years old and a Miniature Poodle Mix.   The intake form did not give a lot of information about his vision, but I can request that and let you know. From a behavior standpoint, he seems very sweet and calm. 

He has been at the shelter since 4/23/14, and his available date was 4/29/14.  As you may know, Miami Dade Animal Services is a high kill shelter, and lately they have been overflowing with animals.  I am afraid that he will be destroyed any day now because they will soon need to make room for "more likely to be adopted" dogs and this boy has little chance since he is older and possibly completely blind. 

In addition to reaching out to your organization, I will also contact Poodle rescues.  However, I am certain that he would have a much better chance of finding a new home if he was to be processed through your rescue.  It is clear that potential adopters that go look at adoptables on your website are aware of the special needs these dogs have, and are more open to the adjustments necessary for caring for these special kids. 

Please let me know if you can help. 

Since I found my JRT and she became blind shortly thereafter, her demeanor changed a lot, and therefore I have not been able to bring dogs home.  Even though we have been working to build up her confidence, she still is fearful of new dogs and does get aggressive at times. If you can find him a foster home, I could pull him out of the shelter and keep him in my apartment for a few days in a play pen in a separate room, but this setup is obviously not ideal for him.  I see that you are located in Philadelphia; if you are able to find someone that will take him in I could meet them halfway (or if I am able to take off work, I could drive all the way to the foster's location). 

Again, thank you for taking the time to read my message.  I hope you can help me help this sweet boy! 


Ana Gait
305-582-1063      (at