Shelter Pup Helps His Deaf & Blind Sister Navigate Through Everyday Life

A mama dog and her eight 3-month-old puppies were sadly abandoned in rural Louisiana.

Thankfully, a kind family found them and decided to keep the mom but asked a local rescue to find homes for the babies. The rescue was full, so they contacted their partner Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, California for help.

The rescue immediately jumped into action and made arrangements to transport the litter of abandoned pups, along with 31 other puppies, to their center.

Upon arrival of the puppies, staff realized that one of the pups was different from the rest.

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While the rest of the pups ran around the center and played like normal puppies would, one of them began showing signs of special needs. Staff then learned that this puppy, named Star, is deaf and nearly blind.

Another thing they noticed is that one of Star’s littermates, Denver, decided to look after Star as her own personal guide dog. Denver stays by Star’s side, helping her as she learns to use her other senses to maneuver her surroundings.

The two of them were rarely apart, and whenever they’re separated, Denver always comes running back to Star to let her know he was there.

Since the two of them are inseparable, and Star relies on Denver for help, the center is putting them up for adoption together.

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Whomever adopts this adorable pair will receive training on how to care for a special needs dog. And of course Denver will be there to help his sister as well!

“It’s really extraordinary,” Helen Woodward Adoption Services Manager Dora Dahlke stated.  “We never stop learning from animals.  These two really can teach us all a thing or two about sibling love and how much we can achieve with the love of a good friend.”

If you’re interested in adopting Star and Denver, or to learn more info on Helen Woodward Animal Center, please go to, or call 858-756-4117.

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Blind, Deaf Puppy Relies on Sibling to Explore World

Puppy siblings Star and Denver have a bond quite unlike anything we’ve seen before. Star is deaf and nearly blind, and Denver acts as his sister’s guiding star.Someone dumped a mother dog and her eight newborn puppies in rural Louisiana. A loving family found them, decided to keep Mom and asked one of our rescue partners to find homes for the babies. Already overburdened with puppies, our partner contacted Helen Woodward Animal Center for help. We jumped into action, making arrangements to transport the litter and 31 other pups 1,900 miles to San Diego for a second chance.Upon arrival, our team soon realized that Star had special needs. Deaf and almost completely blind, this 3-month-old Terrier blend was learning to use her other senses to navigate the world. While the rest of Star's littermates frolicked without her, her brother Denver kept a protective eye. Choosing Star as his main playmate, the two were rarely apart and when separated, Denver would come running back to love on Star and let her know he was there.Star and Denver are now ready to find a forever home – together. They will be available for adoption this Wednesday, February 26! Visit for details on adopting a pet. If you can’t adopt, please consider clicking the donate button so we can save more pets with special needs.

Posted by Helen Woodward Animal Center on Monday, February 24, 2020

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