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 nce upon a time...

Bernadette Peters’ and Mary Tyler Moore’s Broadway Barks traveled to Royer Greaves School for the Blind to attend a “pet and play” session with homeless pit bulls from Main Line Animal Rescue. Happy dogs walked through a maze of wheelchairs and nuzzled the students’ hands. Puppies sat on the children’s laps, and the older residents of the school laughed aloud as they ran their hands over the dogs’ faces and ears. During that visit, Broadway Barks witnessed the amazing healing and restorative effect that companion animals can have on the lives of children with visual impairment, and other disabilities, and how important the bond is for both humans and animals.

Broadway Barks and Main Line Animal Rescue decided then and there to create Braille Tails and convert books celebrating the bond between children and animals into Braille so children attending schools for the blind all over the country could enjoy, and be inspired by, the same books sighted children have cherished for years.

is an organization dedicated to the plight of homeless animals. Cofounded by friends and entertainment icons Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore, BROADWAY BARKS® holds an annual star-studded cat and dog adoption event in the heart of New York City’s theater district. BROADWAY BARKS® promotes responsible pet ownership as well as the importance of spaying and neutering, pet identification, and reaching children through innovative educational programs.

Main Line Animal Rescue (MLAR)
is considered by many to be one of the finest animal shelters in the United States, with more than four hundred volunteers, a state-of-the-art veterinary clinic, sixty acres of fenced pastures, and a new training center specifically designed to help rehabilitate dogs who have suffered abuse and neglect. Main Line Animal Rescue is also a recognized leader in the fight against puppy mills, appearing on Oprah’s groundbreaking “puppy mill” shows.

Contact Braille Tails at,
or 610-933-1164

 For generations, writers of children’s books have used animals as the central characters of their stories in order to inspire and motivate their young readers. Braille Tails hopes to inspire visually impaired children with these same stories and at the same time promote the humane treatment of animals, encourage adoption of shelter pets, and celebrate the special friendships between children and animals.

Books in the Braille Tails Book Club encourage teamwork and trust, and respect for all living things. The characters overcome obstacles and learn to love themselves for who they really are. Perhaps most important, our stories teach the reader they are not alone. That life has infinite possibilities. And whether you’re a child with a disability or a homeless shelter pet, we all need help from time to time to realize our full potential.

The National Federation for the Blind confirms the illiteracy rate among blind children is at an astounding ninety percent, explaining that Braille books are often too expensive for many students. Braille Tails books are provided to schools for the blind free of charge.

The Print Braille Process

Books selected for the Braille Tails project are transcribed and checked for accuracy by accredited Braille transcribers. The Braille text is then printed onto clear plastic panels that are affixed to the book pages with a strong permanent adhesive. The clear Braille labels provide accessibility to the blind reader, while allowing the book’s text and illustrations to remain visible for sighted readers. READ MORE

 “Working together makes so much sense...
    helping people and the animals that help heal
                  them.”  — Bernadette Peters

Broadway Barks contacted MLAR after seeing NBC TODAY show’s award-winning animal advocate Jill Rappaport’s segment “Pit Bulls for the Blind.” Read more >

Jill Rappaport's segment Pit Bulls for the Blind.

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If you would like to know more about Royer Greaves School for the Blind
and their remarkable programs, please visit

All dogs used in Main Line Animal Rescue’s pet therapy programs are carefully and extensively evaluated. Before any animal participates in pet therapy programs, he/she should be thoroughly tested, and only animals with the most reliable temperaments should be used.

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