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Posted over 3 years ago | Updated over 2 weeks ago

My basic info

Dutch Shepherd
Black - with Brown, Red, Golden, Orange or Chestnut
X-Large 101 lbs (46 kg) or more (when grown)
Pet ID

My details

Alert icon Not good with kids
Alert icon Not good with dogs
Alert icon Not good with cats
Checkmark in teal circle Shots current
Checkmark in teal circle Spayed / Neutered
Checkmark in teal circle Housetrained
Checkmark in teal circle Has special needs

My story

Here's what the humans have to say about me:


RJ had his enucleation surgery and is so much happier. He’s even more playful and affectionate than he was before the surgery. He’s a really terrific boy who is lovable, brave, resilient and so smart! 

RJ is a seven year old Dutch Shepherd mix. He was found wandering on the mean streets of South Los Angeles by himself, and taken to a high kill shelter. We pulled RJ out of the shelter to give him a chance at a good life. RJ has PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) and cataracts and is blind. He doesn't let the lack of sight affect his quality of life, and is a happy guy who finds his way around just fine. This brave boy is only hesitant about one thing: traffic noises.

RJ has a surgery coming up to remove both eyes because he has blown up a case of glaucoma in both eyes. He will be much happier, and pain free afterwards. He'll be available for adoption as soon as he is completely healed.

He's a very affectionate boy who really doesn't ask for a lot, but he sure does like belly rubs and cuddle sessions. He enjoys every meal, and loves the raw bone-in treats that we give him every day. He's content to make himself comfortable on his big cushy bed, and will alert to sounds that he's not familiar with. We always announce ourselves when we greet RJ, and he always has a nose to the air - his other senses take over for his lack of sight. He knows every bush and tree on his walks, and likes going out for short adventures. He likes car rides, too. We guide him with our voices.

We're searching for an owner that knows that sometimes dogs that aren't perfect CAN be perfect. RJ is always cheerful, gentle and doesn't know a bad day. He learns very fast when taught, too. He greets every day and person with a smile on his face. He's a really amazing spirit.

If you would like to meet this remarkable boy, please complete an application for adoption:

February 9, 2024, 12:12 am
Deaf Dog Rescue of America

Contact info

Pet ID
Acton, CA 91350

Their adoption process

Additional adoption info


More about this rescue

Deaf Dog Rescue of America is a division of D&S Loving Animal Rescue, Inc. We are the first all-breed, facility-based deaf dog rescue in the country. We rescue deaf dogs from all over the nation that have no safe place to go, provide them with loving care, training, and safe housing. Our deafies are placed into wonderful lifetime homes.