DOGS FOR THE DEAF INC

Rating: 4.33 stars   6 reviews 199

Issues: Disabilities, Human Services

Location: 10175 Wheeler Rd Central Point OR 97502 USA

Mission: Our Mission is to professionally train dogs to help people and enhance lives while maintaining a lifelong commitment to all dogs we rescue or breed and the people we serve.
Target demographics: people who are deaf or hard of hearing
Geographic areas served: United States
Programs: certified hearing dogs
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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

4 people found this review helpful

Three years ago, I was blessed enough to receive one of Dogs For the Deaf's highly trained Hearing Dogs. Since Hattie has come into my life the possibilities of my life are endless. Before Hattie came into my life, I walked through my home filled with fear and dread due to the sounds I was missing in my daily life. The severe to profound hearing loss I have does not allow me to hear the sounds in life that make everyday living a simple pleasure. I would lay awake at night consumed with fear that I would not hear the smoke detector if it were to alert me to any impending danger. I burnt many meals because I did not hear the oven timer, company rarely was greeted at the door because I failed to hear them knock. I would walk through my home with the telephone in hand with the hopes I would hear it ring if someone were to call. Now, I am no longer filled with dread and fear, thanks to Dogs for the Deaf. I often say the day Hattie was placed with me was the day my life truly began. Without Dogs for the Deaf training and placing Hearing Dogs for those of us with hearing loss the independence and peace of mind I currently posess would not be possible. By training and placing Hearing Dogs with individuals like myself, they enable us to take a disability and change it into infinite possibilities. I can sleep a peaceful nights sleep, I can eat a well cooked meal and I now know when family and friends stop by to visit. Hattie has transformed my life in ways I never knew was possible. There are truly no words to describe what an exceptional organization Dogs for the Deaf truly is and there are no words to describe what they have given to my life.

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I have personally experienced the results of this organization. The results they create are outstanding, emotional and life altering!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The independance, friendship and life they have provided me with.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All of them are exceptional, helpful and friendly individuals. They are willing to go above and beyond the call of duty.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand, train and place many more of their highly trained Assistance Animals with individuals in need!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I see that the reviews here are pretty old. There is no doubt that the dogs placed by DFD make a wonderful difference in people's lives. But the sad truth is that DFD is a struggling organization with many problems and a lack of leadership is making the problems worse.

As I write this in January 2015, DFD has only placed 2 dogs in the last seven months. And yet they have an annual operating budget in excess of $2million. What are they doing with that money? They're certainly not rescuing, training and placing dogs! But they do own TWO country club memberships for the enjoyment of their management team. They hired a new CEO who is making more than $100K per year, and yet is inexperienced, does not understand nonprofits, and has managed to lose almost half the DFD staff - including nearly all of their dog trainers - since he took the reins. DFD is dishonest with donors about how money is being used -- their administrative and fundraising expenses are MUCH higher than they claim. They use very creative accounting to keep the number artificially low. Read their 990 carefully and you can see that.

And finally, although DFD was founded to rescue animals from shelters and train them to be hearing dogs, they have now decided -- at the urging of their new CEO - to start a breeding program. If you're interested in animal welfare, this should make you angry. Rather than reduce the numbers of dogs in shelters, DFD will now start contributing to the problem by producing puppies - many of which will not pass the training programs and will be discarded. They will rescue even fewer dogs than they do now. To me, all of this speaks to an organization that is falling apart. I don't support them philosophically anymore, and I sure wouldn't give my money to them.

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4 people found this review helpful

Dogs For the Deaf in Central Point, Oregon. It is the oldest and largest training center for hearing dogs in the United States. These dogs are rescued from shelters, given special training and then placed free of charge with deaf people nationwide and in Canada and Puerto Rico. Dogs For the Deaf receives NO Government funding. Donations from individuals, service clubs, businesses and foundations enable this special work to continue providing the priceless gifts of love, freedom, independence and life itself. Dogs unable to successfully become a certified hearing dog are adopted out to loving homes and are never returned to a shelter. It is my favorite place on earth

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the continued positive effects with the dogs and their recipients.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Eleven years ago, Dogs for the Deaf graciously matched me with a certified hearing dog, my first, when I was 52 years old and had been severely hearing-impaired all my life. Although educated with a master's degree and having taught deaf and hard-of-hearing children for many years, living life independently and well (I thought), my angel dog Harley has changed my life to the point of giving me independence and quality of life I never dreamed existed. After spending all my time listening for sounds, Harley took over the work of listening so that I can spend time in thought, or reading for pleasure, or relaxing in nonthought or nonaction. I am able to relax, be more effective in my life, be a better teacher, and a happier person as a result of Harley's help both when there is a sound and when there isn't. Dogs for the Deaf's staff is gifted in the work of training, matching, and placing. No one except a recipient, close friend, or family member can fully appreciate the value of a hearing dog that is well-trained and well-matched. My husband of 40 years wishes we had always had a hearing dog because his life is so much easier and my life is considerably better with the dog than it was without. Dogs for the Deaf, I will never have enough right words to thank you for the difference you and Harley have made in our lives.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my daily life with a certified hearing dog for eleven years.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

All that I can say is that, I know for a fact, Dogs For The Deaf has made a significant difference in the life of one of my special friends. She struggled her entire life with a hearing impairment, always being misunderstood, because her meniere's disease was not something that very many people had ever heard of, much less knew how to deal with. It wasn't until she & Hattie were united, that she is now able to live a full life, free of all of the fears that she once had. Thank you, Dogs For The Deaf, for making it possible for Jen & Hattie to become an awesome team.

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I've seen how happy this organization has made my friend and how they are solely responsible for her independence and well-being today.

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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6 people found this review helpful

DFD is an amazing group of people. I work closely with their web/marketing staff and continually am impressed with their love of the company/clients/dogs. I find they consistently show why they have been helping people for so long by their desire to fulfill a need in the community and their compassion for their clients. The dogs are treated well, their customers even better, and their staff shows their dedication everyday. I proudly support DFD and all they have done! Good job, keep up the great work and THANK YOU for everything you do.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching how their facebook fans keep growing and donating.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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