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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 advocate for deaf dogs, assist in rescue by sponsoring deaf dogs and puppies into partner rescues, promote positive reinforcement training, and the care and well being of deaf dogs. We also promote the stories of successful adoption and extraordinary deaf dogs and their families. 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 networking the deaf shelter/rescue dogs available for adoption. To further these purposes Deaf Dogs Rock undertakes activities including fund raising, sponsoring deaf dogs into rescue, education, networking of adoptable deaf dogs looking for new homes, DDR community building, and financial support for additional needs of deaf dogs (usually vetting/spay/neuter). 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 deaf dog lovers, rescue advocates, partner rescues and their dogs that is 62,000+ strong.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 150+ deaf dogs sponsored and over 400+ adopted off our website each year

Geographic areas served: Deaf Dog Advocacy, Facilitating deaf dog rescue through networking and financial sponsorship, Education through digital media, assisting deaf dog families globally

Programs: Our Deaf Dogs Rock Rocker Puppy Program which offers financial sponsorships to partner organizations such as rescues/shelters to help deaf dogs to safety. Our support allows rescue partners the financial support to take in to foster care deaf dogs for vetting, training, and matching each deaf dog with a new loving home. Deaf Dogs Rock also offers the on-line educational resources for deaf dog families and for shelter staff/volunteers to teach them that a deaf dog is not that much different than a hearing dog with the exception of a few small tweaks to their training. Deaf Dogs Rock offers on line deaf dog training information to help them understand a deaf dog is not that much different than a hearing dog. Most donations go directly towards financial sponsorship of deaf dogs/puppies out of kill shelters into the safe harbor of rescue. The funds are used by partner rescues to vet each deaf dog (spay/neuter) to get them ready for adoption while they are in training in their new foster homes. We also help out our local rescue partners with providing much needed supplies such as dog food and blankets. Deaf Dogs Rock does hundreds of rescue transports up and down the East Coast, including helping partner rescues transport urgent shelter dogs into rescue (before their time is up).

Community Stories

109 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

DDR was a fantastic resource for me as I fostered and sought an adopter for a deaf 4-month-old heeler, Louise. I received support on how to teach her sign language (and they helped my confidence as a foster mom, too!).

Our rescue was having difficulty finding a suitable adopter for Louise so we posted her on the Deaf Dogs Rock website. Within a few weeks we found a fantastic adopter from Canada (we are in Nebraska). The adopter had been looking for a deaf heeler and followed the site.

Thank you for helping us save a happy little girl!

Taylor M.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I reached put to Deaf Dogs Rock, I was deathly afraid for Freyah- the 90 lbs deaf APBT I was desperately trying to help. She had a foster home where she was forced to remain isolated (tho well loved, no dog deserves to be cooped up) I could not find ANYONE that had the means to care for her proficiently. DDR was incredibly helpful. They provided me with the screening application, information on how to screen homes and why. When they shared her post to their page she received 8000 shares nationwide. Christina, the founder, was so prompt and genuine. Its a big hard job that she does so well. I am eternally grateful for Christina, and the rest of the team at DDR. they do life saving work. Here is Freyah with her forever daddy today

Client Served

Rating: 5

DDR is a fantastic organization that aids deaf dogs. We found a stray dog and kept him while we searched for the owner. When we realized he was deaf and no owner was looking for him, we reached out to multiple rescues to see if they could take him. DDR was one of the few that responded and helped us post him on their FB page and provided tools (adoption application, tips on checking vet references, etc) for me to use if a potential adopter contacted us. Thanks to them, we were able to place this sweet deaf dog in a loving home with experienced owners and other doggy siblings! We were so pleased with DDR and their assistance. When we are ready to adopt our own dog in the future, we will definitely consider going through them. Thanks DDR!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Christina and DDR is absolutely amazing with what they do! I volunteer with another non profit rescue, A Lab for Life, and we had a deaf puppy that had been adopted a few months back. Her adopter, unfortunately, never took the time and training needed to help this girl succeed and ultimately returned her to our rescue. I reached out to Christina, and within two days, she had me connected with a rescue in the area where our puppy was located that specialized in rescuing and helping to work with deaf dogs in order to make their next adoption a successful.
I, and everyone with our rescue, cannot thank Christina and everyone that is involved in finding the right people and places for these dogs to find their right forever homes!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for another organization and we needed help placing one of our lovable fur babies who is deaf into a home that would be able to help her become the best we know she can be. DDR has been such an amazing help from the very start finding her a spot with another organization that took her in and will give her the care, love and training she needs to be adopted into the best home for her along with also helping us with Sunnys (now izzy) care. I was this precious ladys foster for a short time and am just happy to know she is in great hands now thanks to DDR!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were devastated when we found out that two of our Catahoula puppies were deaf. This is the first time this has ever happened to us, most breeders would have culled them at birth, but we just did not have the heart to do that. For weeks we watched the boys grow up into the happiest, healthiest, most loving puppies out of the litter. We were so torn on what to do, sadly I feel that alot of breeders resort to culling them because of the negativity, judgement, criticism and astigmatism that's associated with having a deaf puppy. Breeders, Please know that there are resources out there that can help you, contact DDR. When. I reached out to Christina with DDR and she immediately offered me assistance & has been there to help me every step of the way to find placement for the boys. She started networking with her resources, recommended other non profits that might be able to help as well, gave me info & guidelines to follow if I chose to do a private adoption and so much more. We listed them on the DDR site and had several inquiries and a couple of meet and greets. Something in my gut kept telling me that there was a rescue out there that would take the boys, that way we were guaranteed they would be neutered and receive the proper training and socialization skills. When I got the call that Doghouse Rescue Academy in South Florida would take the boys I was ecstatic. I immediately notified Christina, she said as soon as they did their intake and contacted her DDR would be sponsoring the boys to help with their vet visits. The boys were transported through our local nonprofit, Hearts for HomeTown Dogs down to Doghouse Academy in South Florida where they will be vetted & placed in foster homes for training and socialization. Words will never be able to express how incredibly thankful and blessed we are that DDR was there for us in our time of need. We know beyond the shadow of a doubt that placing the boys with the assistance of DDR is their best chance at living long happy healthy lives. So if you find yourself in this situation, please don't hesitate to reach out to Christina with DDR I promise you won't be disappointed. We consider Christina, DDR, our main lifeline & Hearts for Home Town Dogs and Doghouse Rescue Academy are also answers to our many prayers. Not only does Deaf Dogs Rock, Christina, You Rock too! Thank you so much for everything you do! You and DDR are truly a blessing!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter had a deaf and diabetic cattle dog. She found out when she wa 1 that she was diabetic. Bell was on insulin twice a day with sugar checks also. My daughter and her husband who is in the Navy, were sent to Japan for two years. They were unable to take her because of her insulin. We posted Bell on deaf dogs rock. We didn’t know if anyone would be willing to take on a dog with two special needs. However, thru their website Bell found a wonderful forever home. The best thing is that her new dad is deaf and so is his family!!

They stay in contact with me and send photos. She is so happy. She would never have found her new family without Deaf Dogs Rock!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kyle was 3 months when I adopted him from a rescue. He also had a brother and sister who were adopted too. He will be 6 on May 10th. He was born blind and deaf. He has never heard or seen. But he has learned by touch. He also feels vibrations. He is housebroken, uses a dog door, can go up and down steps on his own, and loves people and other dogs. He lives with 3 other dogs. We just love him and would adopt more blind and deaf dogs. They are the best.

Julie L.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had our deaf dog Kaibab for almost 12 years and she was our heart. The routine of every day was around her and we took her with us on all errands and vacations. Weekends were parks and hiking with our deafie. A week ago she passed away from kidney disease and it devastated us. It left a hole that only another deaf dog would be able to fill.
Four days later a brand new post comes up on Deaf Dogs Rock for Gracie. She was being lovingly cared for by Sally, an amazing woman and foster for Central Arizona Animal Search and rescue. We never expected to find a new forever baby so fast but she was listed 3/24, we called 3/25 and drove from Las Vegas to Prescott Arizona 3/26 and took home Gracie. A 6 month old deaf lab mix who by all accounts was MADE FOR US! She is perfect and we love her so much already.
On our drive out to get Gracie, and the way back, we passed through Kaibab National Forest and we feel like it was our beloved dog saying we were doing the right thing.
Thank you to Deaf Dogs Rock for listing our Gracie!!

Karen Barton L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I hate to have to tell this story, but it truly has turned for the better for the Boston, Darwin. When we brought him into our home, we quickly realized he was deaf. This was going to stop us from loving him. After months of training Darwin, he started to get startled when woken. I know how it started, but was having trouble breaking the habit. He would give warnings with growls, but with two young children in the house, it became a big worry. Once he was woken and my husband reached to pet him immediately after his warning and he bit him out of fear. My husband realized he handled him wrong, but this was our agreement. If he ever bit we needed to find a solution quickly to protect out kids (4&5 years old.) I had been following the Deaf Dogs Rock group on Facebook for training tips etc. When we were quickly looking for options, we found this group. Christine quickly contacted me with an option for him and it could not have been more perfect and meant to be. Darwin is in a safe foster and getting specialized training for deaf dogs. He will be a perfect dog for a loving home soon and we couldn't have gotten him there without Deaf Dogs Rock!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Deaf Dogs Rock Inc. provide an amazing service for the special animals. And while deaf dogs are just as magnificent and perfect as all dogs, many adopters overlook their amazing qualities and are hesitant to take on a special needs dog. However, adopters who visit this site ,are special themselves, and without Deaf Dogs Rock, would not be able to easily find and welcome in one of these great dogs. A big shout out to Deaf Dogs Inc who helped Nicolas, now named Chief, find the most amazing parents ever! He is one lucky kid!

Desiree S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

While fostering a dog who was deaf, I came across the Deaf Dogs Rock website and thought it would be a great place to get the word out about our dog who needed a forever home.

DDR was very helpful with the process of making a profile for the dog, advice on the application process, and checking in to see if our foster dog was adopted yet.

Thanks to this website, our foster dog found their forever home with a loving family. If it was not for this nonprofit, I fear our dog may have had to go to a shelter until he found a home, so I am so happy this resource is available.

Thank you deaf dogs rock!

Nancy Whelpley B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an Animal Control Officer in Milton, MA and run a small municipal shelter. In late November of 2020 I took in a dog from another shelter that was deaf. That shelter had no experience with special needs dogs and was not comfortable adopting this dog out. Their vet stated it was a 2 year old Tri colored Collie mix. I knew the dog was a Merle, that acted like an adolescent and the Collie wasn't sitting quite right with me. A DNA test showed this dog we named Merlin Von Kyte was half Australian Shepherd and half Sheltie. It was clear that this dog had been in a home recently, was extremely, smart and had had some training. It was also clear that this dog was totally deaf and super high energy. Having had other deaf dogs in the shelter I started teaching some ASL signs to Merlin. I also started reaching out to organizations both breed specific and deaf. I knew Merlin needed a job to do and would be a terror in an average pet home. I sent an email to Deaf Dogs Rock with a short write up and picture of Merlin.Within a couple of days I received an in depth email response (I never heard from the other organizations I reached out to). Christina answered all my questions and sent Merlin's info to Erika the Director of Green Dogs Unleashed. These amazing women accepted Merlin into the Rocker Puppy sponsorship program, arranged for transportation to VA and eased all of my fears. I received updates during the transport, on arrival at GDU and each day since. The communication from all involved was exceptional and rare to see in my experience. Their values and the top notch training and care the animals receive are directly in line with mine so sending the dog was easier for me. I highly recommend Deaf Dogs Rock to anyone with questions or a need to help a deaf dog. They really do ROCK! Below are pictures of Merlin heading out on his journey and one from Green Dogs Unleashed.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I wanted to tell you all a little story about his little girl and how DDR literally saved her life.

5.5 years ago I was going through FB . I came across this picture, she was at a shelter about 1.5 hrs from our home. The post said that she didn't have much time left. (The shelter is a kill shelter) I went and showed my wife her picture and told her that she needs a home, I asked my wife "can we get her, she doesn't have much longer to live." Immediately she said yes. I didn't expect it that fast. This was a Fri night. So Saturday morning I called the shelter to get more information. I found out she was set to be put to down Monday morning. We were not going to let that happen. So we loaded up our three other dogs (one deaf) into the truck and off we went. We got to the shelter and went to meet this little girl. She was so sweet and loving. So the shelter staff wanted to do introduction to our other babies. So they do all the introductions. They come back and tell us they don't think it's a good idea ( "she showed signs of aggression with two of our dogs.) Well my wife and I don't give up to easily. We told them that for her sake we are willing to give it a try at home. Well at the time my wife and I were struggling financially and had literally just enough money to our name to pay the adoption fees. Were were not leaving the shelter without her being ours. I reached out to Deaf Dogs of America rescue. We adopted our first deaf dog from them. She put me in touch with the woman that runs DDR. Well after some back and forth and messenger and her getting more info on my wife and I from the other rescue . DDR decided to sponsor her adoption fees. My wife and I were so happy and relieved that this little girl was going to be saved and we get to eat the rest of the week . DDR is such a great organization and they do soooo much in this world for the deaf babies. This little girl was a wonderful addition to our family

Client Served

Rating: 5

After an almost full year of different medications and treatments of fighting my one year old daughters pet dander allergy, our family had to make one of the toughest decisions ever - we needed to rehome our deaf boxer, Frankie. Frankie had been with our family since he was a puppy and for 5 years was there for many of our favorite family milestones!

I reached out to Christina at deaf dogs rock and she suggested we get Frankie to Green Dogs Unleashed for adoption. After just a short couple of weeks the Highway Heros Transportation Team drove Frankie from Kansas to Virginia (16 different drivers!). The team knew how heartbroken our family was and was more than supportive!! We received frequent updates and pictures of Frankie to keep our mind at peace. Frankie has since made it to Virginia and is thriving in his new home.

I can not thank Deaf Dogs Rock, Green Dogs Unleashed, and the Highway Heros Transportation team enough for making this transition as smooth as possible for our family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is Max! He is a very special boy who has a lot of love to give! Which is why my family and I had to make a hard decision and find a place for Max that had time and experience to train him the way we couldnt. That's when I reached out to Christina from Deaf Dogs Rock! She responded quickly and was VERY helpful. She even reached out to Lisa from Deaf Dogs of America to see if she had a spot open for Max since we were from California.
Max is now learning how to be the best version of himself, while living his best life. I am so excited to see where he will end up.
This is all because of Christina! I am beyond grateful for everything she does at Deaf Dogs Rock. They are so lucky to have her as an advocate! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Chelsea & Max

Client Served

Rating: 5

We listed one of our deaf dogs on Deaf Dogs Rock Inc. because we wanted to ensure he found the right home that could take care of his special needs. Because of this amazing non-profit, we were able to find Rufus a wonderful home! Thank you Deaf Dogs Rock Inc. for all you do and for helping rescues like us!
-Lending Paws a Hand, Inc., Sanford, NC. lpah.org

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This website is a great resource for us owners of deaf dogs. Hearing other people’s issues certainly helps with our own. And if anyone has any questions in what to do, so many people offer to help and give advice. A well needed site

Nancy S.15

Donor

Rating: 5

I rescued a deaf Dog 15 years ago! We did not have FaceBook or Deaf Dogs Rock as a resource. As I have come to follow this amazing rescue, I am overjoyed to see the information they offer so people are more willing to adopt these beautiful, intelligent dogs, and give them loving homes! Blessings always to this special rescue that raises awareness for deaf dogs❤️

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When we adopted our baby I had no idea where to start with caring for a deaf dog. The resources they had available were a game changer for our little family. Having the support of a community that has been through it and can give advice has made our journey so much easier. The out reach they provide and the work they do to find homes for these amazing pups is absolutely indispensable. Amazing people, doing amazing work, for amazing pups.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Deaf Dogs Rock sponsored Buck when Poet’s Vision took him into their care. They’re exceptional and do fantastic work ❤️

1 Lyndsie S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I contacted them about wanting to adopt a deaf dog but there were none in my area. Within a week we had the perfect addition to our family! I have been in contact with them for advice and check ins. Thank you so much DDR!!!!

1 Vanessa G.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Several years ago when a senior black lab rescued me, we soon learned she was deaf due to neglect along with many other health problems. Desperate for insight and information, I began my search and I found Deaf Dogs Rock. The information and resources they provide is so very helpful. Having help care for my sweet girl gave me confidence to provide the best care for my deaf girl. I cant say enough good this about this organization .I am very grateful for what they do. DEAF DOGS ROCK!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted a deaf mutt when she was maybe 4 weeks old. (very long story there) we realized about 3 days in that our sweet pup couldn't hear. By then, I was already attached. (I mean who doesn't love a fluffy puppy?!) so I started doing research so we'd know as a family how to work with our girl. Deaf dogs rock has been instrumental in that process. Reading other people's stories about the other deaf dogs of the world and seeing how other people work with them has been helpful. I also love that I can see the doggies who need homes (one day my husband will say yes) thanks for all you do deaf dogs rock! You definitely make a difference!
Here's a video of maizy the first day we had her. https://www.instagram.com/p/BsXESf7AOWt/?igshid=gbfpl78sagiy

1 Nell M.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently acquired a deaf puppy and their website has so much information I needed. Thank you!

1 Jessica Shipe C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Deaf Dogs Rock was the most valuable resource I found when we got our first deaf dog. There were articles and videos that showed training techniques and helped us better understand how our dog perceived the world. The DDR community is very supportive. This is the first place I would send someone if they were bringing a deaf dog into their family.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Deaf Dogs Rock has been instrumental in setting me and my deafie up for success. All the tips and resources helped me understand how to train her better and be her advocate. Armed with information, I was able to avoid problems like separation anxiety and OCD, but also to recognize that she is a dog first, breed second, and deaf third. Owning a deaf dog has made me a better dog owner and I could not have done it without DDR!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization not only does the tremendous work of rescuing and placing deaf dogs, they offer so many training tips for working with deaf dogs. I wish they’d been around when I started my deaf dog mom journey 15 years ago.

Bek A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted a deaf puppy almost a year ago. I started researching how I could give him the best start to life to ensure he had a wonderful and safe future. The information and community I found on Deaf Dogs provided me with the information I needed and the support of their wider community. Oscar and I thank you!

Emmi C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very helpful my buddy is deaf and with out their insight I would have muddled thru

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I found Ferrigno on pet finder he was really bigger than I was looking for, but instantly I knew he needed me, I went to meet him with my older pet who wasn’t too sure about his size but his gentle nature and enthusiasm won me over for sure. Next problem figuring out how to communicate with him. I spoke some ASL but I knew I needed to find resources for deaf dogs to get training tips and Deaf Dogs Rock was the only one I found with any real training advice. I realized I hadn’t given him a name sign, they also had some very helpful tips on his severe separation anxiety. He’s totally integrated into the family life and he’s traveled with me on several road trips and he’s going on more I don’t think I could have communicated effectively with him if I hadn’t found deaf dogs rock

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter found this group after we adopted our first deaf pup, Athena. My daughter thought it would be nice to have a deaf pup since she is hard of hearing. The pup in the picture is Casper our second deaf pup. Unfortunately my daughter has passed away but I continue to visit DDR. The site is encouraging and informative. When the time comes again I will have another deaf pup.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I discovered DDR in 2010 after I adopted my first deaf dog Laszlo. I found DDR to be such a resource and it was wonderful to have a community. Christina the founder is very hands on , responsive and engaging. I have always appreciated that her focus on the needs of the dogs and moderating her community with a non judgmental approach. A couple of years after Laszlo I brought in another deaf dog Zeus from the shelter this time and worked tirelessly to find him a home over the course of a few years and again, Christina was a great help with promoting him to the DDR community. I n the end I decided to keep Zeus with me as it what was best for everyone. I always recommend DDR to anyone needing a resource and consider DDR one of the best out there.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

An adorable deaf and partially blind 6 month old puppy named Merle came to our rescue. He was getting a lot of attention but no serious adoption interest due to his issues. I didn’t know how to help him. I was so worried that Merle would grow up in a shelter. I then discovered the DeafDogsRock! website. I contacted Christine and she was so great with advice. She allowed me to post Merle’s story and photo. Long story short, I was contacted by a great family and Merle was adopted! Thanks to Christine and Deaf Dogs Rock! You saved Merle from growing up and living in a shelter for a very long time!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This year we've rescued two deaf dogs because of posts from Deaf Dogs Rock. Our first, named Hobart was four months old and a deaf Aussie mix. His mother was pregnant and rescued and then transported to a rescue outside of Chicago where she had eight pups. Hobart was the last of the litter. Deaf Dogs Rock was an amazing resource for us to learn how best to train and work with a deaf dog.

Nine months later I received an email from Deaf Dogs Rock which highlighted a deaf Catahoula Leopard dog who was seven months old. Oliver was not only deaf, but blind in one eye. He arrived at the rescue from Oklahoma and was at a shelter outside of Chicago. The shelter volunteer was worried for Oliver as he had had no training and was not able to get the one-on-one training to help him thrive. The volunteer contacted Deaf Dogs Rock and Christina was a wonderful resource which gave her advice and offered to promote Oliver's story to Deaf Dog's email list.

Thanks to Christina, Oliver is in a happy, supportive and loving home and along with his deaf brother Hobart, in a place he can receive the proper love and support to thrive.

I've always had a soft spot for dogs with special needs and Deaf Dogs Rock is an amazing resource to help save deaf dogs and educate the public about how amazing deaf dogs truly can be.

Alex P.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you for all you do. A great resource to help with our pack!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have found your website to be life-saving. My Blue is the sweetest and love him beyond words or signing. He loves everyone and everything, the best snuggler I have ever had. Defiant as a normal puppy but gives me exercise when I need to chase him around when he does not want to listen to the sign to come here. LOL! But regardless when not listening the funny part is he still always looks back to be sure I am following him. If I am not following him he comes back, always. So funny, he is currently 6 months old as of June 2nd and he has already had a rough go at life. Blue's leg was amputated 3 weeks ago due to a broken leg going untreated. This is for anyone looking to adopt, please if you are patient and follow the tips on this website you will have just found your best friend. I adopted him from a rescue with knowledge of him being deaf. I was skeptical, but he chose me and who was I to say no to him. The place was very busy as they had puppies, but no one was there for the deaf puppy. I asked if I could meet him, he came into the room with three other people in the room. They put him on the floor, I knelt, I figured if he did not come to me then that would be that. To my surprise when he saw me, he bounded towards me and literally jumped into my arms within 10 seconds he was asleep. No nipping or licking just asleep snoring in my hair. Blue came from Mississippi and traveled all the way to Maine to find me. Some days are challenging, but thanks to the Deaf Dogs Rock website follow the tips they work and has made our bond even stronger. No hearing is only one small thing, he minds better than any hearing puppy I have ever or trained. Blue looks to me for approval and direction. He is the cutest and photogenic those ears are what everyone in his new extended family and friends just love. Blue has many fur friends too, he has two cats and an old golden retriever that he now calls family too. Thank you for having this website it has helped me so much to provide a good life to Blue where we can communicate without sound.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Deaf Dogs Rock has been invaluable in helping with Bigsby. He was thrown out if a car window in front of us on an overpass and fell into our lives. We didn't know much about deaf dogs or how to train them. Through DDR'S helpful resources, I am providing the BEST care for Bigsby as well as educating others about deaf dogs. They are an amazing organization of which I love and support.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a deaf Pit mix with no idea how to take care of her. That was almost 4 years ago. Deaf Dogs Rock was there for me, I was able to get great information just by being able to read the stories from other owners blogs and helpful posts. Always answered inquiries about anything I asked.

Diana Dixon E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We found Deaf Dogs Rock after adopting Axel. Axel is deaf and visually impaired. We’ve had many border collies and cattle dogs, but Axel is our first deaf guy. The resources and training tips have been invaluable. The community they have created is very supportive. Recently our 12-year-old dog has begun losing his hearing. All the knowledge we’ve gained from Deaf Dogs Rock and the community is a benefit to our old guy.

Deaf Dogs Rock is helping to better the lives of these special dogs and the people that love them.

Karen W.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have several deaf dogs and this group is an amazing source of information and ideas. There is always a quick reply to my questions.

Shay M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When We rescued Loki We were clueless about the road ahead of Us. Some websurfing brought Us this amazing Non-for profit ! Welcoming us with Open arms always willing to offer advice ! Deaf Dogs Rock are doing amazing things!

Tracy LM.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2014, I fell in love with the most precious boxer, Luna! She wasn't like all the other boxers I've ever seen...she was completely WHITE!! Her coloring peaked my interest, so I started to do some research. It didn't take long before I discovered that white boxers, and many other breeds, have a high prevalence of deafness. Well, I wasn't going to let that deter me, but I was admittedly completely unsure how I was going to care for her. THEN...Deaf Dogs Rocks popped up in my google search on how to raise a deaf dog. What a tremendous blessing! DDR has empowered me, educated me, and demonstrated to me all the ins and outs of being a deaf dog owner. Luna has a very special place in my heart and has opened it to an entire community of dogs that many times are simply misunderstood. DDR does the work of a SAINT. Luna and I are forever grateful!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

While we didn't adopt Sadie, the Deaf Wonderdog, through DDR, their website and wealth of information helped us immensely when we first brought her home. Their love and willingness to help deaf dogs throughout the country has touched us in a way that cannot be measured. Keep up the great work!

Cara P.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got my puppy having no idea he was deaf. I was in love already so as soon as I figured it out I started looking for information on training. I found Deaf Dogs Rock. Thank goodness. They recommended books and tips. They are so kind with all the advice on training or just even quirks that some deaf dogs may have. I've even privately messaged them for advice and was answered very quickly. I will always have a deaf dog now knowing there's a wonderful community here to help. Thank you so much for all you do.

Jennifer632

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

DDR helped us so much when we adopted our deaf boxer, Biscuit. Through their articles videos and the support found on their Facebook page training and communicating with him has been so easy! He is the best dog and a big part of that we owe to Christina and DDR. Without her help we would not have known where to start. Deaf dogs are amazing ... thank you Christina for all you do for these babies !

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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!!!!!

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We adopted Benson as a 12 yr old rescue taken in to be euthanized. I found this page throw the Lara Joseph, Animal Behavior Center owner. It has helped me with training and communicating better with our Benson! Thank you!

Jodi Yargo C.

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Deaf Dogs Rock has given me advise on several occasions about my deafies JaDa and Faith. Thru DDR we got our deafie Faith.

betnow

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Murphy was our first deaf dog. We adopted him from a local rescue and sadly they didnt know much about deaf dogs. We were very grateful when we found deaf dogs rock. We learned so much from their videos and blogs. Any time we had a question we got a response within a few hours.
Great Rescue and very helpful

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We adopted a deaf dog last summer from a rescue in WI. Soon after adopting him we run into some issues with him and were not sure how to deal with it. I found deaf dogs rock on fb and started reading their articles and training advice. Whenever I had add. questions I would messenger them and they quickly responded. I love their posts and its important to me that special needs dogs find great homes too and Deaf DOgs Rock to an amazing job helping them.

Tiffany E.3

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When I adopted my first Boston Terrier, I didn't know he was deaf. When I finally figured it out, I searched the internet for help. Deaf Dogs Rock was a pivotal resource and gave wonderful tips on training that helped my dog tremendously.

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I found my dog, Jeff through a posting on Deaf Dogs Rock, and as a result of this, I am now a professional dog trainer and purchased the training school I first took Jeff to for puppy classes. I now have two deaf dogs, compete in obedience sports with Jeff, and do canine nose work.

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I adopted Kaiser 3 years ago and he is totally deaf. He is extremely intelligent and very loving. I have taught him some sign language so that we can do things. He understands and is one of the best dogs that I have ever owned. I would have another deaf dog in a heartbeat. Deaf dogs Rock

Marcia Daily P.

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Deaf dogs rock is a wealth of knowledge. I followed them before I even adopted my deaf guy. They help so many people every day. And share how wonderful deaf dogs really are.

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I adopted a 10 1/2 year old cocker, who was newly deaf, due to previous owner turning him in the shelter with very serious er infections. He ended up having surgery and closing both ears.
I never intended to adopt a deaf dog, but he stole my heart. For months, he was a huge challenge, separation anxiety, accidents, barking, running in circles, etc, snapping at my other dog and both cats, etc. I turned to DDR for advise, bought every book available and now after 6 months , he is the greatest dog ever. I still look at their website often and am so thankful for the advise. I came close to surrendering him, but just could not do it. Without the support of DDR I do not think I would have succeeded with him. He now knows 5 hand signs and is totally quiet and calm, as long as he knows where I am. He is learning that when I go to the barn, I will return in a short time, he is now crate trained, for when I leave the house. He also, now stays in the fully fenced yard with my old lab when I go on errands and does just fine. Greats me at the gate on my return.
Thanks again to DDR.

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Terrie S.1

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Deaf Dogs Rock is now my 'go to' page for all things deaf dog related!! I just rescued a deaf dog, Lily, from the Humane Society. I have never owned a deaf dog.. Never even gave it a thought as to how different it would be to own one! Before I left the Humane Society, they had equipped me with a few basics, and some pages printed right off Deaf Dogs Rock website. The more I am learning, the more I am relying on their Facebook page and website. So much info, and SUPER helpful!! I find myself logging on to their page/site multiple times throughout the day, as I want to make sure I am doing right by our new addition. Want to make learning as fun and easy as possible for both her and I. Without their page, I would be truly at a loss, as there is definitely a different way of training.. I also love seeing other families with 'special needs' pups like ours! Fun to relate and share stories!!

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DDR is an amazing non profit that helps raise funds to rescue deaf dogs. Christina has been instrumental in spreading accurate information about (and how to work with) deaf dogs. Her organization has supported me and my deaf Border Collie with communication and someone with a common cause.
- Margaret Johnson

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I happened upon the Deaf Dogs Rock post one morning and saw a deaf pup needing a home... Like most post, I just skim it and move along. But this post stuck with me all day as I was working. You see, I am deaf and love dogs. I had been wanting to get another dog to bring life to the already 2 dog and 3 cat family. I corresponded with the foster mom and also with Christina from Deaf Dogs Rock along with the animal shelter Dozer came from. We hit the jackpot and flew him home! Dozer has now been with us for over 4 years and he has been a blessing. This Deaf Dogs Rock page and website give so much insight on caring for a deaf dog of many breeds. I love that Deaf Dogs Rock sponsored so many Deaf Dogs to find new homes!

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When I adopted my girl, Austin, I had no clue she was deaf. Deaf Dogs Rock had tons of information available to help me learn all about raising and training a deaf dog! ❤️

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Last year, my son acquired a deaf border collie/heeler pup, who was set to either be euthanized or go to the shelter. Deaf dogs aren't typically suited to work livestock. I've been involved with my son to learn more about deaf dogs. My daughter found Deaf Dogs Rock on Facebook, and being a part of the group has given us all hope and insight. The first year has been mostly the human side of learning, and as he's approached being a year old, his busyness is beginning to focus more on human hand signals. He now seems ready to really learn, and we are coming to understand basic ASL signs and getting consistent. Deaf Dogs Rock has been a plethora of knowledge and hope in this endeavor. They have given us direction.

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We have always had Boxers so naturally when I saw this little girl and her sister on a boxer website, I knew I had to inquire. I called the breeder and she said "well, one is sold and the other one has been returned TWICE because she is deaf so we are just going to take her to the shelter". I was shocked. She said I could have her for free because she is deaf. I drove 3 hours one way to pick her up. I was determined to do whatever I had to and give this girl the best life possible. That's when I found "Deaf Dogs Rock"! We got advice, watched videos on training a deaf dog, got support, and found a community to share our adventures with. She knows about 15 sign commands and really is the best thing that has happened to our family! She is now 8 and just the best girl ever! Thanks Deaf Dogs Rock for helping us on our journey!

Vicky27

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Jeff and I are thrilled to know Deaf Dogs Rock. And we are excited to do our part in raising awareness about the abilities of deaf dogs.
While we never planned to be advocates for anything (it wasn’t planned, it just happened that way), we are excited to educate people. To see the growth in love, participation and expectations of deaf dogs makes what we do worth every effort.
See, we started out just wanting a hunting dog. Mac, our black lab, was fun and easy to train. She was driven to learn and please. Everything we tried to teach Mac, she learned with ease and grace.
Jeff wouldn’t hear of having a deafie in the house. He just didn’t think it was possible to teach a deaf dog, much less have a deafie that would ever participate in any of the sports we do.
Zima wasn’t home 10 minutes before she stole Jeff’s heart – and whether she ever participated in competition or not, she was his “little princess” and she wasn’t going anywhere. Much to his surprise she learned scent work, hunting, dock diving and tricks.
Through a rather odd series of events, and often at the most inopportune time in our lives, we adopted two more deafies to round out our crew at 4 pups total (1 hearing, 3 deaf). Chance came to us in June of 2014 and Nitro came home in August of 2016.
I can honestly say, the inability of my dogs to hear has never been an issue in training. My deafies are just as smart and driven as hearing dogs (and sometimes far more stubborn!). The greatest challenge I have faced is learning sign language for myself.
I took a sign language class to better communicate with my pups, but the truth is I had already established a set of signs (not exactly proper ASL), but they work—and that’s the beauty of dog training. My dogs learn quickly as long as I am consistent with the sign I give and the expected behavior.

It is always a great point of pride when someone approaches me after a competition and says, “I had no idea your dog was deaf!” There is no greater compliment you could pay us. That is the point of what we do—deaf dogs *are* just like hearing dogs. They can learn, they can do tricks, they can dock dive, do nosework, hunt, compete in agility and rally—and they will be the best snuggle buddy you’ve ever had!

We are proud of the work our dogs have done. Earning a title, in any event, has meant years of training and partnership between us and our pups. This also means that our dogs (both hearing and deaf) need to travel to new places and perform the requested work in a new environment. But each time we ask them to play, they give everything they’ve got!
Titles to date for each dog include the following:
Mac, hearing black lab: Canine Good Citizen Advanced, Intermediate Trick Dog, NW3Elite (nosework through NACSW), PTE and EN (Advance nosework through UKC)
Zima, deaf white pit mix: Canine Good Citizen, Novice Trick Dog, NW2(nosework through NACSW), PTE and SN (Novice nosework through UKC)
Chance, deaf flat coated retriever: Novice Trick Dog, PTE and SN (Novice nosework through UKC)
Nitro, deaf pit mix with eye patch: Canine Good Citizen, Novice Trick Dog, NW1 (NACSW), PTE and AN(through UKC)

How has DDR had an impact on our lives? They have completed our family.

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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.

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In 2014 we were preparing to adopt Deaf Dogs Rock sponsored rescue puppy in Florida. About 12 hours before he was due to arrive at our house the 12 week old boxer puppy was running in his uncoordinated lankyball legs no brains way and misjudged a corner running into a stionary object in the process. Although he acted normal initially after arriving at our house we know something was wrong. Fancy adopting a puppy and within hours winding up in the Emergency Vets!

Much to the surprise of the foster mom, the local rescue organization, and even the attending vet, radiographs reviewed a broken jaw. The foster mom took him home and we were heart broken.


Deaf Dogs Rocked steppes right in. Their contributors raised money for the care he would need in no time and
thankfully after further veterinary exams and 2 weeks we were able to pick up our boy Alexander Graham Boxer. He was still under veterinary supervision and had several more exams and one extensive anesthetic procedure correcting injuries from his mishap.

Not only did Deaf Dogs Rock cover his medical bills, they also covered me. I had worked with marine mammals and big cats. Trained insects and raccoons, but this puppy was my brick wall. All of my normal tricks of chew and hard excercise were taken away from me the first 3 months we had him due to his injury. When we were just getting somewhere with each other his surgery put us back to square one. I text Deaf Dogs Rock and Christina called me back in a flash and was the encouragement and guidance I needed to be the best pet parent for this exuberant puppy.

Nearly 4 years later and I wouldn’t change any step of the process.

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Deaf Dogs Rock was a lifesaver for our family when we rescued an English bulldog puppy with bilateral deafness and anxiety. So many people reached out to us for support in training, socializing, and affirmation that we were doing things right and our sweet girl was perfectly normal.

Shared stories and articles helped us not give up. Beasley is now 18 months old, no anxiety, friendly, happy and full of love! We couldn't have done it without Deaf Dogs Rock!

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As i enter my second year of fostering dogs, Deaf Dogs Rocks shows an unparalleled degree of support for the organizations for which I foster. Their financial support in helping my rescue and shelters is only matched by their much needed advocacy for special needs dogs and publicity they give in helping those dogs get adopted.