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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animal Services, Animals, Deaf & Hearing Impaired Centers, Disabilities, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: To train and place Hearing Dogs for the deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals, with or without multiple disabilities, at no cost to to the recipient.

Results: Since our program started in 1979, we have placed over 1,280 Hearing Dogs in all 50 states and most of Canada.

Target demographics: deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals

Direct beneficiaries per year: 33 deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals

Geographic areas served: Colorado

Programs: service dogs to help alert to sounds in their home and communities

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jean85

Client Served

Rating: 5

The folks at International Hearing Dog are amazing! My hearing dog, Chloe, has had such a positive in my life! She not only assisted in my safety at home she has been an incredible social connection! People talk to me because I have her and they recognize that I can't hear. Which makes them get my attention so that I can communicate with them! So awesome!

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jean Magelky
I have a service dog from IHDI and she is worth her weight on gold! This is an amazing organization as they make receiving a hearing dog adorable and so well trained! I had checked other hearing dog places and the price was out of sight! These folks not only do the work before placing but place the dog in your home and help you and the dog adjust! Wonderful organization!
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Board Member

Rating: 5

I love International Hearing Dog because it creates a win-win. They adopt dogs from local shelters and train them to be a hearing dog for people with hearing disabilities. They provide service dogs at no cost to the recipient. Not only the helping the hearing impaired/deaf, but they are rescuing shelter as well!

What's more, they do it at a cost of $10K per dog and they train 35-40 dogs per year. They keep their costs very low so that they can place more dogs with more people.

Donor

Rating: 5

International Hearing Dog, Inc. is a non-profit organization that is easy to connect with. Their communication and vision is clear. This organization does an amazing job showing just how much impact is made by every donation. The Walk, Run, Wag 5k was fun and including a variety of unique and creative Dog-focused vendors. I can't wait to go to next year's!

Donor

Rating: 5

This group took a new idea almost 40 years ago and have perfected it. Very responsive to email, happy to give a tour, and they rescue dogs. Nothing better!

Nicole177

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great organization. My grandmother has been blessed with Maxwell. He lets her know when someone is at the door, when the phone rings or if the smoke alarm goes off (unfortunately we tested this the other day lol). He is the most well trained dog I have come across and a joy to be around.

Karrielynn G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Tundra has been with me for a little over a year, I could not imagine my life with out him. A few weeks ago the apartment building fire alarms went off and Tundra was right their to push me out to safety. when we go out my little guy is so observant and lets me know if something is not right. I get complements on how well behaved Tundra is and then I get to tell them all about IHDI. I am forever thankful to IHD. This is Tundra getting ready for work! Tundra is so proud to ware his uniform!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Booth was brought to me highly trained by IHDI when he was 2 years old and he is now 4 1/2 yrs. old. He is an amazing service dog--so responsive to me and my needs as well as to everything around us. I take him with me everywhere and no matter where we are, he is always well behaved and professional. I can truly depend on him to do his job without fail. He is a wonderful companion, assistant and friend and I am so thankful to IHDI for bringing him into my life! They are a wonderful organization and their support doesn't stop when the dogs are brought to their recipients. They are there with support and helpful suggestions for many years afterwards!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've had Mia since October 2009 and we just love her. She goes with me everywhere I go and is so helpful in many ways. Mia and I are so bonded and in tune with each other, I can tell if she hears something that I can't. I can't think IHDI enough for giving Mia to me, she is truly a member of our family. The placement and training processes far surpassed my expectations. Thank you, IHDI!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We got Leila in April of 2013. She has been a wonderful addition to our family. She helps my wife in more ways than just hearing, she has unexpectedly had a wonderful influence in helping my wife with her anxiety and panic attack issues as well. I just can't imagine our family without her now and we have International Hearing Dog to thank.

Wendy134

Client Served

Rating: 5

If you want to get a hearing dog I would suggest you get it from I.H.D.I. Two years ago I received the cutest hearing dog named Douglas. I saw a picture of him on the I.H.D.I. facebook page and fell in love with it. They were so kind to let me get the dog I picked. The trainer Robert Cooley flew him down from Colorado to N.Y. to show me how to train him. I did not have to pay any of those fees. There was only a charge of 100 for the dog training supplies, leash, crate and other things Douglas needed. That was all. Because I never had a dog before I would often email the trainers questions on Douglas. They were all so kind to email me right back and to answer them. They have the nicest and most helpful staff. I was born deaf. So it is helpful that Douglas can notify me when the alarm goes off, doorbell rings and phone rings. I take him to work with me everyday. And of course everywhere I go. I cannot thank the International Hearing Dog Inc. enough for everything they have done for me. It has been the most amazing experience I ever had.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bella came to live with me in January, 2015 and has been with me 24/7--her kennel is in basement storage. We've attended nearly everything you can imagine and she travels beautifully but is so afraid of fireworks and thunderstorms so we cuddle and "ride it out." She has opened many doors for me to talk about IHDI and loop systems for hearing impaired.

nancy-plasman-otte

Client Served

Rating: 5

Incredible integrity, training, professionalism, goodness to recipients and donors. No wasted dollars or dogs here! I am in awe of the magnificence of this organization, cloaked in a humble coat. Bless you, International. May you live long!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I received my hearing dog on January 29th. I was to get her on October 21 but I had to have my hip replaced again due to malfunction of my 1st hip. I called to tell International Hearing Dog INC about this and thought I would not be able to get Sadie. They told me they would hold her for 3 moths for me. This gave me much encouragement to get through surgery and 3 weeks in rehabilitation to get ready for Sadie. When she arrived I was so excited and nervous not knowing how to act with a small (lap dog) but it took about 2 min. after meeting her to know she was mine. Her trainer was so good at working with me with her sounds and showing me other things I could do for her. We went to Wal Mart shopping during the 5 days she was here with us, Now Sadie lover to go shopping at Wal Mart. When I say lets go work she gets on the couch ad lets me put her vest and leash on and then dances on her hind legs until I can get the door open.

She has learned 2 new sounds since arriving. She does the microwave and the close dryer all the time. My husband died after I had had her for only 19 days, The house was total chaos for over a week with everyone coming and going. Sadie finally just went to her crate to be let in. I put her in the bedroom, During this time we didn't work on sounds at all but after things got back to more normal I started working with her again and with her trainer giving me tips sometimes 3 or 4 times a day via txt messages or e-mails we got back on track .

This is the best organization that I have ever experienced. They were helpful during the interviewing that took place before I was told I was accepted. At 73 I didn't think I stood a chance of getting a dog. I couldn't get along without her. She is my constant companion and soul mate. She knows when I don't feel good or am feeling down and comes and sits on my lap and licks my hands , I am so grateful to all of your staff and helpers. I tell every one who asks about her where I got her and how she was trained. Keep up the good work. I can't say enough about your organization. Keep up the good work. 'thanks from the bottom of my heart for Sadie. She is so sweet and loveable. Pat






Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that provides a service that is very hard to find! I have had Coleman for 2 years last week. He is a bright, lovable and extremely hard working service animal. I have been told so many times how well he behaves and how adorable he is. It is obvious that he has been professionally trained. He has been on airplanes with me, in crowded airports, on a college campus, visiting with me to see others, in stores, in the ER room, and everywhere else that I have been in the last 2 years. He has always acted professionally and it is evident that he loves me and is watching out for me. I feel so much safer at home. If the doorbell rings or someone is walking around outside, he is relentless unless I get up and look, say it's ok and thanks. If someone is behind me and he feels that I don't know or am unsafe, his relentless barking occurs. I am amazed at how loud and long he will bark to let me know that something needs my attention. He has brought so much joy to my life. Five years ago, my life changed forever. Due to a tumor, I lost total hearing on my left side. I was struggling to regroup my life as it affected me in so many ways. He has been such a blessing and has added so much to my life. If you are looking for a great organization to donate to, hands down, this would be one of my top ones. They provide such a needed service which is almost impossible to find. Thanks to IHD, Inc for giving me Coleman. The most adorable 14 pound Bischon Frishe. He has also blessed so many others. I notice all the time how he brings smiles to those around him.

Client Served

Rating: 5

International Hearing Dog is the most awesome non-profit organization I have ever seen!
I have had Domino, the best of the best hearing dogs, since June of 2008.
He tells me everything I need to know. He even goes and gets my wife if I don't respond to him.
IHD did a spectacular job in selecting and training him, as they have done for many others. They are an invaluable organization for hearing impaired people; placing well trained, selected from shelters, dogs. The staff at International Hearing Dog is such a caring group, in additional to their professional expertise, who remembers Domino from seven years ago.
Domino is such a blessing and also such a joy to me and also to my wife.

1 Laurie85

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had my hearing dog Gracie since May 2011 and don't know how I got along without her. Besides the skills like alerting me to the door, phone, and smoke detector she learned when trained by International Hearing Dog, Inc., Gracie is an invaluable emotional support. Dealing with hearing loss is very tiring and stressful. Having a service dog like Gracie be able to be with me in a variety of situations from grocery shopping to dining out goes a long way to reducing that stress. Three cheers for International Hearing Dog, Inc.!! They not only choose and train wonderful dogs, they continue to support their "teams". We love you guys :)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I received my new hearing partner on July 14th and it has been an amazing experience. The staff has been incredibly supportive, I've never had a terrier and had a lot to learn about the breed. Whenever I had a question, I would text his trainer and she would respond within a couple of minutes!

Gonzo is an awesome little guy, not only does he alert me to the sounds he was trained for but he's added the microwave and dryer beeps to his repertoire.

Sometimes I have to leave him home and when he sees me get his small water dish ready, he goes in his crate all by himself. Being a senior, I'm not as agile as I use to be and when I get his leash and vest he comes next to me and holds still so I can dress him in his professional attire, he does these things without my telling him, such a little gentleman!

When I walk I don't hear cars and now I feel safer with Gonzo by my side. My friends and I like to go to restaurants for coffee and they are amazed at how well behaved he is. He also comes to classes with me and I guess he finds it boring because he stretches out next to my feet and goes to sleep

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 5 days, my new hearing dog will arive. I can't even express what this means to me. I am so very grateful to this organization for training him and bringing him to me. The application process was easy and quick. How do you say thank you for giving me this precious gift that will make my life so much easier. There are no words.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I like how this organization uses shelter dogs instead of breeding programs. Thank you for all of your hard work!