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Deaf Dogs Rock Inc

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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 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

74 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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!!!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

betnow

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Previous Stories

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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