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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Deaf Dogs Rock, Inc is a non-profit corporation formed in 2012 in the state of Virginia. The mission of Deaf Dogs Rock is to promote the care and well being of deaf dogs. This charitable and educational purpose is done through the education of the public regarding the adoption, care, and training of deaf dogs, and through financial support of the shelter, medical, and transportation needs of deaf dogs. Additionally, Deaf Dogs Rock is a national resource for information serving perspective and current deaf dog owners, and the shelters and rescues that have deaf dogs available for adoption. To further these purposes Deaf Dogs Rock undertakes activities including education, networking of available deaf dogs, community building, and financial support for the needs of deaf dogs. All of the following activities are currently underway and will continue for the foreseeable future. At this time these activities are done year round by members of the board of directors and other organization volunteers.

Target demographics: A community of dog lovers, advocates, and their dogs that is 50,000+ strong.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100+ deaf dogs directly sponsored in to safe rescue.

Geographic areas served: Education and Advocacy for Deaf Dogs and Their Owners

Programs: Cash donations to rescues/shelters. Allows these shelters to take in & care for deaf dogs. Also allows for shelters to educate possible owners of deaf dogs. Veterinary & boarding expenses donated. We subsidize vet & boarding expenses incurred in the care of deaf dogs as they are looking for new homes. Purchase of goods for donation. Deaf dogs have specific goods and supplies needed for their care in a new home or shelter.

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Mary L M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Christina,
I wanted to take a minute to thank you and Deaf Dogs Rock for the information you shared on your site and by email with me, it provided me with valuable information and helped to calm my apprehension about working with deaf dogs. In December of 2016, I was asked by City Dogs Cleveland (where I volunteer) to take home a 6-month old puppy who was stressing in the kennel for a few days. He had been in the kennel for a month but no one knew he was deaf... we just knew he was wild and did not listen. Obviously, once in a home, I realized he was deaf and the kennel had a vet confirm that he was totally deaf and had been born deaf.

I agreed to foster him until other arrangements could be made and created a FB page for him where hundreds of people followed his antics and fell in love with him around the country and around the world. After 10 months of trying to find him a home , I realized he was already home. Our journey has been one of love and dedication and has changed my life forever and was publically followed by many at DEAFinitely Awesome - The Adventures of Acorn

https://www.facebook.com/DEAFinitely-Awesome-The-Adventures-of-Acorn-963304453813551/

Thank you! DEAF Dogs Rock gave me the confidence and knowledge base to take a chance on an absolutely remarkable dog and I have learned deafness is not a limitation. Acorn is smart, beautiful, loving and at just a year old he has excelled at everything I have asked him to do. He is a graduate of Obedience I & II where he was the youngest and only deaf dog in both classes. He is certainly among the most popular dogs to have ever come out of our shelter. Last spring he won the Canine Uncorked Contest and was the first Pitbull or Deaf Dog to ever to be featured on a wine label. He has had several articles written about him with another coming out next week. He has charmed everyone he has met and I am so grateful to have him in my life and for your help along the journey.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

November before last I lost my long time friend my dachshund Chili Dog. This naturally devastated me. A friend of mine gave me a puppy from a litter his two dogs had as a way of healing. So here I have this adorable 3/4 pitbull lab pup and she's just awful lol. She's not learning, responding or bonding with me. I soon realized she was deaf! Now I have raised many dogs over the years but never a special needs dog I had no idea how to do this, I was gonna give her away. But I started doing research online coming across deaf dogs rock and a few others. I decided I would give my little girl another chance. I took the tools and stories I gained from these sites and applied them. Now my beautiful amazing Aya dog is a year and a half old! She is the SMARTEST dog Ive ever had and is the best part of my day every day. I would have given up on this amazing dog if not for the resources I found and for that I will be forever grateful.

Mabrown

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Without the sponsorship for Silver the rescue would not have been able to save him. He is now adopted into his forever home! Deaf Dog's Rock has sponsored so many dogs in our Texas shelters. This helps rescues to be able to provide basic vetting and care. I personally know of many pups saved by them! Please support this nonprofit!

kdchristie

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm a Licensed Vet Tech and DDR was a life saver for me. I trained my hearing dogs, but never a deaf dog, which wasn't much different for me. What was different was the understanding of being a deaf dog and some special considerations. Learning these through the DDR website and Facebook saved Nash (my deafie) and I time in learning each other, he came to when he was almost 3 years old. Because of the DDR community, I love deafies and can't see me without them❤️

Erik14

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had no idea what to do with my Charlie when we first got him, but thanks to this organization it helped us turn Charlie into the wonderful partner we have today. I will always have a spot for a deaf dog in my home. He listens better that the one that can hear, lol. She has her own attitude while he just wants to do everything to please you. Deaf dogs definitely rock!

1 Jan_87

Client Served

Rating: 5

The informationn on Deaf Dogs Rock website has helped me so much to learn to communicate and train my deaf Black and Tan. Thank you and keep up the good work!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Deaf dogs rock made it possible for us to have our klifford. Klifford (then known as sprite) was transported by deaf dog rocks.....beacause of them we have a healthy happy deaf dog who rocks

Jessie U.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I had to day goodbye to a dog who was very special to me, I went searching for a new furry family member, but but I wanted a dog with special needs because I know how hard they are to find homes for. Thanks to Deaf Dogs Rock, I found not one but two dogs that they had sponsored to get out of a high-volume shelter and into a private rescue. I would have never found them without DDR, and I'll be forever grateful for the work they do.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted Deaf Dog Hope on December 29, 2013. I immediately started us both in training with a qualified positive reinforcement trainer. In addition, I found the Deaf Dogs Rock website, which provided and continues to provide great information and support. Deaf Dogs do Rock!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I used to have one Deaf American Bulldog as she passed away in 2015 at age 16.5. I had my heart set on rescuing more Deaf Dogs for rest of my life. Thanks to Deaf Dogs Rock facebook page, I adopted each one of my three Deaf Pitbull mixes over 1.5 year time span. First one was in June 2015, Second in June 2016, then Third in February 2017. We found the first two Deaf dogs through the Deaf Dogs Rock facebook page. When we adopted the second one, we built a good relationship with Hamilton County Humane Society for anything that's Deaf dogs related as they recognized that we have been handling Deaf Dogs for a long time. Good enough, another Deaf Dog appeared recently and they first contacted us and we immediately took her in. We're going to start fostering Deaf Dogs as well. We're one devoted Deaf family that want to give so much for Deaf Dogs out there. I do share my experience and tips to help other owners who are new to Deaf dogs experience through Deaf Dogs Rock facebook page. It makes me happier being able to contribute some and keep saving Deaf Dogs. Thanks to Deaf Dogs Rock organization for making all of this happen!

Donor

Rating: 5

Deaf Dogs Rock speak up for so many dogs that cannot speak for themselves. DDR promotes how smart and sweet deaf dogs can be and how highly trainable deaf dogs are. They are a great resource of information and provide a sense of community among deaf dog parents like me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Deaf dogs rock is such a great resource. I lost Milan in November after 10.5 years of love and affection. My heart grieves so badly. I went to this site many times when I needed guidance or ideas he knew over 50 signs and when I am ready again I will adopt a deaf dog again. They are the best the world has to offer. Thank you to your site for helping so many. My beloved Milan says thank you.

Jennifer632

Client Served

Rating: 5

Deaf Dogs Rock has been such a great resource for us! We adopted our Biscuit in 2014 and had no idea that he was born deaf. We had no idea where to start with his training and communicating and having 2 young sons with lots of friends in and out it was imperative that we be able to communicate with him. I can not tell you just how much Deaf Dogs Rock helped us navigate his training... in the end it was so easy !!!! It's the humans that take the most work!! Biscuit is such a special part of our family and I am forever grateful that We have the tools to communicate with him! Thank you Deaf Dogs Rock for teaching me about this wonderful world of Deaf Dogs and just how special and amazing they are!!!!!

1 Ann_155

Client Served

Rating: 5

We got our dog Arlo from a rescue and didn't realize he was deaf until we had him for a few weeks. He was a tiny puppy and I was worried we would never be able to train him. I have gotten invaluable help and advice from deaf dogs rock, from hand signals to training tips to just someone to listen when I was frustrated! Arlo wouldn't be as happy and well adjusted if I didn't have Deaf Dogs Rock!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted a cute little Golden Retriever/Boxer puppy to quickly discover there was something different about this sweet lil guy. A few friends referred me to deaf dogs rock and I learned not only was there a support system out there, but also learned many useful tips! I LOVE the work that deaf dogs rock is doing!

Terrie6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

back 7 years ago I was wanting another boxer! we had lost our boxer 2 yrs earlier! So I found a litter of Boxers close to my house! I called and asked about the litter! they had 2 whites 6 flashy fawns! and they weren't sure 1 white was deaf! So I said not sure if that is for me but don't count out that possibility! so we went and saw the litter! OMG! I never seen a White Boxer before and 1 little bundle of cuteness came to me and wanted to play! we played for awhile! then I noticed she was the only one that wanted to play! so needless to say I or should I say she picked me! was the best Birthday Present I ever got! it still gives me delight everyday! we took Sweetpea home 2 weeks later! We found out She was deaf! not a problem! so we learned our own special way of communicating! she picked it up fast! I learned to sign her name OMG her world opened up! she is my World and wouldn't change a thing! She loves to pull me on my Roller Skates! wish I could have added it! wasn't able to! so here are some awesome pictures of Sweetpea!

Vicky27

Client Served

Rating: 5

If not for Deaf Dogs Rock, we would have never expanded our family. From the moment we saw our first deaf dog on the DDR Facebook page, our lives were forever changed. We brought home our first deafie February 14, 2013-adding to our family of one hunting dog. We brought home our second deafie on April 2014. And our third deafie came home in August 2016.
Not only has DDR provided the opportunity for us to see dogs, Christina answers questions, provides support, and is just -in general- a fantastic person.
We have been excited to train our dogs in the sport of nosework. Our deafies have been just as successful as our hearing pup.
DDR is worthy of all the praise and recognition we can point in their direction.

Ashley199

Donor

Rating: 5

I saw my Sookie on the Deaf Dogs Rock site and she was the best thing that ever happen to me

Emily169

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We saw Alex (aka Sophie) on the Deaf Dog Rocks page and learned that she happens to be living with foster family within 30 miles from us! Since I am deaf and I have always wanted to adopt a deaf dog!! She fit right into our home with no issues! We have a hearing dog, Haley, that Alex stay close to. She is a smart and very attentive dog we ever had!! The easiest dog to train!! We love her to pieces! I love reading other stories and ideas on the Deaf Dogs Rocks page. Alex is the blue and white dog in the picture.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Deaf Dogs Rock has shared and donated pledges towards deaf dogs on death row all the way to Memphis, Tennessee. They are an amazing organization and a vital part of dog rescue.