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!