Special needs dog named Butterball struggling to find forever home

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MILWAUKEE -- She's a fuzzy ball of love and energy, and she needs a forever home. But Butterball has something that makes her different from most other puppies, and she's struggling to get adopted.



When you need a good snuggle, Butterball is your girl. But this six-month-old Collie Lab Retriever mix also loves to play.

She's different than the other dogs at the Wisconsin Humane Society.

"She is able to smell really well and hear really well," said Behavior Evaluator Krya Mandas.

However, there's one thing she can't do -- see.

Butterball was born blind. But that doesn't mean you can't train her. You'll just use more verbal cues instead of hand signals.

Like most dogs with special needs, Butterball needs a family willing to put in a little extra time teaching her. But she's a quick learner.

"I would lure her into the position using this treat and as soon as her bottom hit the floor, I would use that click and that noise to indicate that was a behavior that I wanted from her," said Mandas.



Eventually, you can work up to verbal cues.

At the Wisconsin Humane Society, it usually only takes about a day-and-a-half for a dog to get adopted. In Butterball's case, it's been a little over a week.

The adoption process can take just a few short hours. You just have to make sure your home is completely ready for her.

"Using rugs in a house is really important, so they can see where the borders of the rug ends before they hit the wall and also blocking stairs," said Angela Speed, VP of Communications at the Wisconsin Humane Society.

Behavior specialists at the Wisconsin Human Society can help you know what to expect adopting a pet with special needs -- and will support you even after the adoption.

"Come to us and ask what else we suggest for her," said Mandas.

If you're interested in adopting Butterball, you can fill out an adoption profile online or at the Wisconsin Humane Society's Milwaukee Campus.


  • shelly

    For free ill take her.. She has to be brought to me tho. I am 28 weeks pregnant and high risk.. No car.. But I need the company while my husband works.. Me and my chip will love her and I know butterball will love my daughter

      • Cody

        We would take her I can meet you anywhere to get her. We live on a hobby farm with goats, cats and 3 dogs currently. My wife is a vet tech also. My black lab has hip dysplasia, so he also has special needs.

    • Emily g

      That is a horrible idea. “For free” “High risk pregnancy” “She has to be brought to me” all things that show that you’re not ready for a new dog, let alone one with special needs. Pets are a lifetime commitment not a “cute pup for now” think things though,people.

    • MB

      This is the VERY reason dogs end up in shelters. (Besides owners neglecting to spay and neuter, of course. But with no car and expecting a “free” dog, that would likely ensue) Selfish, selfish… and clueless. I apologize if it’s some sort of joke

  • Susan

    I would love to take her I have 2 dogs live in the country and my black lab is blind herself. At one time we had 3 blind dog and 2 have since passed. She would definitely be loved and spoiled.

  • KH

    You can’t just leave a comment on this page, you must fill out an application to adopt her with the humane society.

  • thesequinedit

    To the author of this page, please post update when she is adopted! Would love to hear the good news, wish I could help her out myself!

  • Chuck

    I would love to take her I am disabled and have the time to spend training her. I live in the country with lots of space for her.

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