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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Our motto is special needs, good deeds. We see possibilities, not disabilities. We adopted our motto "special needs and good deeds" to incorporate all of the animals outside of the 'special needs' category that we are able to help. We are a foster based rescue so all of the animals in our program are living and cared for in a loving home. #impairedwhocares #deafblindandbrilliant #adoptdontshop #deafdogsrock #itmatterstothisone

Results: Since our inception in 2013, we have rescued over 1,500 dogs and cats. Most of these animals are either blind or deaf, have severe medical conditions, or have been dumped from puppy mills. We also work to educate the public about inappropriate breeding practices that result in blind and deaf Double Merle dogs.

Target demographics: rescue pets with special needs and severe medical conditions

Direct beneficiaries per year: by taking in and finding homes for over 365 dogs!!

Geographic areas served: All of Ohio, Pittsburgh PA, areas of Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, West Virginia and Kentucky

Programs: education on inappropriate breeding practices that result in double merle dogs

Community Stories

113 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Speak for the Unspoken introduced us to Felix, who has been a member of our household for about a year now. He came to us after having to have an eye removed due to a corneal ulcer. He was a puppy mill rescue who had been abandoned by the side of the road. We're grateful to this amazing organization for rescuing special needs animals, and We're happy to support them!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my angel, Venus, from Speak! in 2014 and it was the best decision of my life. I set out to adopt a special needs dog and found Venus on Speak’s PetFinder page and knew immediately she was my pup. Before I adopted V we got to have a couple sleepovers so we could see how she would do overnight. It went perfectly! V waited over a year to find me so she had her basic signs covered. Speak went above and beyond covered a few months of training for us and even paid for a seminar with a wolf behavioralist! Venus is the love of my life and the best thing that’s ever happened to me and I have Speak to thank for that! Venus is sweetest, goofiest, cuddliest dog (as is common with the bully breeds) I’ve ever met and I’m the luckiest dog mom around!

I could NOT recommend Speak! For The Unspoken more!

(First picture is of Venus and I on her first sleepover. Second photo is of V now.)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our deaf Aussie, Cricket (formerly known as Shiro), from Speak for the Unspoken this past Easter. We welcomed this loving, bubbly, SMART boy from an absolutely incredible rescue that went above and beyond to make sure he went to the right home.

Since bringing him home, we’ve gotten endless snuggles, kisses and laughs. He loves kids, “cookies” and walks through the woods. He’s attending his obedience classes and excelling, and he’s been having a blast learning agility.

We couldn’t be more grateful for this amazing, best boy! Thank you to everyone at Speak!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Biz Markie from Speak For The Unspoken. Such a great nonprofit helping animals that just need a second chance. Highly recommended!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I wanted to help a dog with special needs when we came across Speak For The Unspoken. We adopted a deaf Aussie pup and she has become part of the family. Now I volunteer to process applications to help Speak find homes for their dogs.

1 Rylee M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted the cutest pup with the greatest personality from Speak! for the Unspoken. They were incredible in helping us through the adoption process. It is clear that they truly care and will do anything to help these animals! Thank you Speak!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love this group! By far the best group I have fostered for! They are so knowledgeable and the dogs best interest is always put first. They are amazing!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They really care about helping these dogs find good homes. Everyone was so kind and excited to see how much Titan had grown when we brought him to a recent dog reunion event.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We adopted a double merle Australian Shepherd from Speak, and it was a wonderful experience. Double merles can be blind or deaf, or both, and they are born as a result of bad breeding. We had known that we wanted to adopt a double merle, but having never had a disabled dog before we weren't sure about adopting Tristan, because she's severely visually impaired and completely deaf. One of the amazing things about Speak is that they're entirely foster-based, which is obviously emotionally better for disabled dogs, but also better for adoptive parents as well. Tristan's foster mom spent a lot of time talking to me about her, telling me about what she needs to feel safe and happy. She completely calmed my nerves - not just before we adopted Tristan, but she also talked to me several times after the adoption anytime I wasn't sure about anything, and we keep in touch through Instagram four years later. The work they're doing is incredible, but they also doing the work in an amazing way because they center what the animals need. They aren't trying to find them homes, they're really trying to find them forever homes (or furever homes). I would absolutely adopt from them again, and I make donations as often as I can.

1 Tanya F.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Speak for unspoken is an amazing rescue in columbus Ohio. I have been a partner with them for years of working in the pet industry. I have also recently recued a labradoodle named freddy who I couldn't be more in love with. Hands down the best rescue . I love the knowledge and compassion all the volunteers have for their fosters.

1 Janice A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fostering with Speak for the Unspoken for several years. I am always amazed at all they do for their pups! Never know what is around the corner... medical cases, puppy mill “rejects,” disabilities, an “accidental” litter, abandoned pups, and the list Kees growing. The directors are so patient and dedicate so much of their time and heart to the fosters and pups. The entire group is amazing, helpful, supportive, positive and we save some amazing dogs. My foster fails are Pooh who was living in a junkyard in Texas and Teeney, who was in a box at a flea market in the puppy mill area.

1 Renee L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough about how amazing Speak is for what they do to help dogs. I rescued two deaf/vision impaired littermate puppies from them and they have grown into beautiful companions with wonderful personalities. Oakley is even getting ready to become a certified therapy dog to help those with disabilities. Speak has given these dogs a second chance to have the great life that they deserve.

1 danSpeak

Board Member

Rating: 5

Love, love, love this Rescue. I've been volunteering with them for several years now, and the lengths at which they go to save a life is second to none. Completely foster based, folks open up their homes to scared, untrained, hard cases of neglect pups.. I've fostered many Speak pups, and just had my first foster fail, Dazzle! So glad to be part of something so special.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our baby Kota from Speak a few weeks ago and already love him so much. I have volunteered and fostered for other shelters in the past but Speak is the kindest, most caring group of dog saviors I have ever interacted with. Kota's foster mom Kara was so wonderful to him while he was in her care and has been so caring and supportive to me while he adjusts in his new home. They also have created a wonderful community on Facebook and having such a great group of foster parents, adoptive parents, and the employees and volunteers who want to stay in touch and support each other says a lot on its own. If you are contemplating volunteering, adopting, or donating to Speak for the Unspoken you will never regret it!

1 Jessica T.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was searching on Petfinder.com for my first dog. I had in mind a few breeds that I was searching for until I came upon Tippy’s (Lyanna) picture! I have had family dogs ever since I was a child but I recently got married and bought my first house and was ready to rescue/adopt my best friend.
Tippy (Lyanna) and her siblings were abandoned and in rough shape when they came to Speak. Tippy’s (Lyanna) brothers were quickly adopted but Tippy was very nervous and shy. She hopped around from foster homes and was adopted twice and returned. Then I met her! Speak gave her the second chance at life she deserved.
The first couple of months were challenging. Tippy would only walk into two rooms of the house. I had to carry her to go outside and I had to bring her food to her. It has taken her 6 months to come out of her shell but she is the most amazing girl in this world. You wouldn’t even recognize her! Speak gave me my best friend and I can’t thank them enough for everything they do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We love speak! We adopted our guy Freddy back in January of 2019. Freddy is a special needs Aussie mix with seizures but with proper vet care he is thriving! The dog we applied for originally went to another home, but we were on the waiting list and we paired with Freddy a few months later and we couldn’t be happier. We started fostering and volunteering with speak in September of 2019 and have been really impressed with how well run the organization is. Highly recommend speak if you are looking to adopt a dog, or volunteer with a rescue.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Speak saved our beautiful girl from a horrible situation. We couldn’t be more thankful to the love and support provided by the rescue and foster. We love Speak

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We felt secure that Speak for the Unspoken were the experts in matching us with our best friend. He is the perfect addition to our family and such a happy boy! His foster family made sure his transition from a puppy mill to a loving home would be smooth.

1 JL B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lil Bear is the light of my life. We adopted him from Speak 3 years ago and he has been nothing but a joy. Our lives have ever been better than with him, he is a dog that is everyone’s best friend . Speak! is a Full volunteer rescue group that never turns down any dogs or cats and does all they can for Dogs and cats they gave, that are ill or have impairments. I can’t be more happy than to know this group of animal advocates and passion driven rescue. We even adopted our sweet Kit Kat (cat) from Speak! Who is a love bug.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have worked with this rescue for several years now and have even had the pleasure to adopt from them, they are truly an amazing group of volunteers and have touched so many lives. They truly are a work of art with what they can do with an all volunteer staff. Our little guy is amazing

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our sweet girl Tess from Speak! From the very beginning, we have had a great experience with the rescue and have recommended Speak! to others as well. They helped answer any questions we had, both during and after our adoption and we love being apart of their adoptive family Facebook group!

1 Cheryl Cabot M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got Mick from Speak 3 years ago on 6/10. He is the sweetest natured dog ever. He believes he knows everyone and has been everywhere. I got a lot of support from his foster mom. We are in touch still and she helps me in my new venture of being a Speak! Foster.

1 Sandra W.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Speak is one of the best dog rescues I have ever had the pleasure of volunteering with. Very organized and everyone is friendly and has a can-do attitude. This rescue takes special needs dogs that other rescues won’t take that typically require more expensive and extensive vetting as well as longer time in foster care. Where others see the impossible they see the possible!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of working with Speak to move over 20 dogs from a hoarding situation into their rescue in late 2019 as well as fostering one from that case myself for them. This rescue stepped up, stretched itself, grew its ranks, and mobilized like no other to help these special dogs. While most of the hoarding dogs needed help in socialization the majority of the dogs Speak for the Unspoken takes have medical special needs requiring costly vetting and long term dedicated foster homes. I have seen the 'can do' volunteers as Speak! step up time and again for dogs and cats that other rescues won't even consider because of the expenses and difficulties of their respective needs. Speak doesn't see the limitations and challenges, they see the possibilities! They also have a great community network for those that adopt from them. Great organization to volunteer with and adopt from.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted from Speak! a couple months ago- they are INCREDIBLE! If I find the strength to adopt a third, the newest member of the family will undoubtedly be from Speak!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just started fostering for Speak for the unspoken. They are a great fostering family that tries to help raise awareness about animals that might not be accepted by others. I have had great experiences with them and have helped animals find their furever homes.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Milo a few months ago and Speak! was a great organization to work with! They helped us through the whole process and even followed up. When we had a few issues in the first week, we reached out to the adoption coordinator who helped reassure us and gave us some great advice. We could not have asked for a better organization to work with and appreciate everything they do for these animals who do greatly deserve it.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Two of my grand puppies came from Speak. Cali girl, our deaf Australian Shepherd came from a hoard of 25 others. Speak took in 5 of them and we were blessed to adopt Cali. She was 18 months old and is deaf. My son and girlfriend adopted Kody as a puppy. He has no special needs but he's special as well. I absolutely love this organization and support them when I can. The work they do and the pups they rescue is absolutely amazing!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I haven’t adopted from Speak For The Unspoken (yet) however what this organization does amazes me! I found their organization by someone sharing a post and I’ve been following ever since. Their commitment to animals, especially those with special needs, is inspiring. Through their social media they are educating so many people about dogs and cats with disabilities. Once our puppies are older, we are interested in adopting or possible fostering from Speak! This is hands down one of the greatest non-profits for animals.

1 Ella Berkoben H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are very thorough in vetting prospective adoptive families. They are also very good with prompt communication throughout the process. We adopted our black labradoodle Petey in September 2019. As you can see from his pictures, he is a love bug and enjoys being with his older siblings! He did end a being a bit larger than predicted but we wouldn’t change a thing.

1 Dawn A Shirey S.

Donor

Rating: 5

Our boy had a rough start in life and we are grateful for Speak! Without this wonderful organization, he may not have had a favorable outcome. Speak! was excellent with transitional period with adoption and post adoption support.

1 Trish S.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so blessed to have found speak for the Unspoken- they were very professional and personable. I am so glad they saved my Fletcher(he was born blind)! He is living his best life

1 Jaime B.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We got Cleo in 2017 when Speak for the Unspoken was at Captivating Canines in Uptown Westerville. We are so grateful to have found her. The process to adopt was easy from arranging the home visit to a second visit prior to our final decision to adopt. If we were to adopt again, I have not doubt we would work with Speak for the Unspoken again.

2 Lub A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Well, I’m not sure where to start! The ppl involved in speak, are to say the least saints!! I adopted Betty White , who was fostered by Andrea and she was a perfect fit in our little family. Yes, she has a few medical issues but she is a perfect little angle!! I will always go to speak first for adopting!! They were so kind to me at all the events and other adoptive families have been made new friends! I could go on all day about how wonderful the hole experience was. I just really want to say thank you!!

1 Collette L S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi my name is Rémi! I was adopted last summer by the Horstman’s. My mom saw my picture on Speak for the Unspoken webpages. She thought my sister and I were so cute she had to meet us. She drove from Dayton to Springfield to meet us. Initially my mom wanted a more outgoing dog like my sister but she decided that I was so scared and shy that other people may not want to adopt me or if they did they may not have patience with me. So she took me home. It took a good while for me to come out of my shell, but now I snuggle with my mom every night, and with my brother, Axel, that I met when I came to my forever home. I have a giant back yard where Axel & I run and play. I take long walks, get great food and treats. My wonderful life wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for the caring volunteers of Speak for the Unspoken, who first rescued me from a horrible puppy mill. Now I live the good life and hope all their good deeds continue so other animals like me can find such loving homes.

1 Mindy R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Could not “speak” more highly of this organization. Our family is blessed by, not one, but two Speak Pups. They are happy and healthy and living their best lives because Speak stepped into the breach where others saw only deficits, they saw promise. Blind/ VI and deaf dogs live fully in the moment. They don’t mourn what was or long for what they have lost or never had. They are pure joy in the now.

2 Sydney P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Speak For The Unspoken is such an amazing organization! They truly specialize in special needs rescue and education. Eddy (on the right) is both deaf and vision impaired. He is the most amazing puppy and a Speak alum!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an amazing group to foster for!! Just sent my two foster puppies to their furrever homes. It's great to know you've helped a dog not only lived but is thriving because of your help. I thank Speak for making it so easy to help.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I absolutely love everything Speak! represents in a rescue. All dogs deserve a loving home with or without medical issues. There are many dogs who would not be here if it were not for the efforts of Speak! For The Unspoken to do whatever is needed to heal them as best as they can physically and emotionally. They also help educate about the issues caused from breeders trying to create a Double Merle dog. Many of the dogs born from this effort are blind, deaf or blind and deaf. These dogs do make wonderful pets. I have met many of them. Many other dogs also find their forever homes from Speak! . Dogs who have given birth and are discarded along with their litter of puppies seem to find their way into a volunteers home. After the puppies are old enough...they find their forever homes along with the mom. All of the volunteers for this rescue are the best at what they do.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our experience with "Speak" began when we found their ad on the PetSmart adoption site. The pup that caught our eye was this Silver Lab appropriately named "Sylvie". The volunteers from Speak pulled her from a puppy mill- she was a mill mother that was no longer of productive use for the mill owners. (Grrrrr!) The person who pulled her- as well as some folks at the veterinary office they work with- said that she was very afraid of everyone and very unhealthy when she was pulled from the mill. In a few weeks the foster family and other volunteers worked WONDERS with Sylvie. She looked like a very healthy pup when I first saw her, and she's continuing to grow healthier. We've had her for a couple of weeks and she's really broken out of her shell- she plays like a puppy.

All of our dealings with the folks from Speak were pleasant. It was very apparent to me that in their minds, the needs of the dogs they care for come first. I would definitely recommend this group to anyone looking for a new canine companion.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Senior dogs is where it’s at, and I was on a mission to find another sweet, old dog to welcome into my home. Only one stipulation: they had to be amenable to cuddling with my 14-year old Puggle, because it’s his house, too, and if Jim wants a snuggle buddy, a snuggle buddy he shall have. I met one senior fella at a volunteer/foster’s (Tammi’s) home - he was lovely but I could tell he wasn’t quite what Jim (or I) were in need of. You see, I had lost three senior dogs in the span of 8 months, and Jim and I needed something special. About a week later, I got a text from Tammi saying “I think I just found your dog” and boy was she right! I arranged to meet the dog Tammi had been raving about on a Friday at a local pet store, and I walked in to see the most beautiful, slightly plus-sized, senior yellow lab I had ever laid eyes on. She was incredibly sweet, had a few old lady bumps, and made friends with everyone and everything. Needless to say, she went home with me that day and Jim was instantly smitten, just like I was! She is doted on by my friends and they call to request play dates with her, even inviting her to partake in their New Year's Eve celebrations. This sweet old lady, now known as Fran, is my consummate shadow and the sweetest thing on four legs. I am grateful to Speak for The Unspoken and Tammi for finding my best girl!

2 Milia Dick Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This rescue team of incredibly devoted people is just fabulous!! My daughter got her dog Sicily from there, and I was so impressed that I asked to become a volunteer. Living in Cincy, I'm pretty limited with what I can do, but if I'm able to do something for them, I'm on board

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our Nessie about two months ago. From the moment we saw her sweet face, it felt like she was meant to be part of our family. She immediately clicked with our other dog and was the perfect addition to complete our family. From start to finish, Speak for the Unspoken was a wonderful organization to work with. We are so grateful that they were able to rescue Nessie and transport her across multiple states to end up here. Most importantly, Speak's genuine care for the dog's welfare is infused in everything they do. Thanks to her wonderful foster family, Nessie came to us from a loving home full of joy and ready to transition successfully to a new family. I also felt as confident as you possibly can that Nessie was the right fit for our family thanks to the adoption process. And while we haven't needed any additional assistance or resources from Speak, we were assured as part of the process that if we did need assistance or had questions after adopting, Speak would be there to help us. We are members of their adoptive families group on Facebook and have so enjoyed getting to see the wonderful stories of the many, many dogs Speak has helped.

1 Kaye S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Such an amazing group of people that take such good care of the dogs they place. I have three Speak alumni and love them so much!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with Speak for the Unspoken but have also adopted three dogs from the group. I'm attaching my latest fosters picture that waiting for a forever home. Her name is Willow. Speak is an amazing group to volunteer for and takes excellent care of all the dogs (and a couple cats) in their care. I have worked with many rescues but found myself "home" with Speak. ❤

1 Carol Ruddy S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I start following Speak for the unspoken in 2014. I adopted Eloise a double Merle Australian Shepard in April 2015. Eloise is sight impaired and I am her second family. Her first family turned her back in to Speaks because they could no longer provide for her. Knowing if something was to happen to me she will be taken care of brings such peace to me. Speaks is such an amazing group

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We just started fostering with Speak! Absolutely 6months ago and we are absolutely in love with the organization! Everyone involved is so passionate about helping these beautiful creatures and helping them live their most full and happy life. We even adopted one of these sweet dogs with so much support and love from everyone in the organization.

1 Jessica E.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Speak is such an amazing group! We already had a Great Dane, but decided she needed a buddy. We applied for a pup we thought would fit well with her. Unfortunately, it had already been adopted. However, Speak's staff reached out to help us find another dog. We were able to foster to adopt. During that time, our boy fell ill with kennel cough. Given my crazy work schedule, I was unable to get him to the vet during one of the available times. One of their volunteers drove to my house to pick him up and take him themselves! They definitely go above and beyond! I have read countless stories of the dogs with disabilities that they do even more for! They save these pups from awful situations and often times take on cases that seem to be impossible. Not many rescues would be able or willing to take on the financial responsibility for these dogs. There are many dogs alive today because of Speak!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an awesome group. They save so many dogs from deplorable living conditions, dogs with special needs or broken limbs, etc. The volunteers are trained to work with blind and deaf dogs. The have special events in the community where they showcase the dogs that have been rescued and rehabbed. I received Shorty a 3 year old male Aussie thru Speak for the Unspoken

1 Carol Gabbard M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Speak is a phenomenal agency. I have volunteered for numerous agencies over the years and Speak is set apart because they put the animal’s welfare 1st. Recently they rescued a 10-year male dog who had been sorely neglected and never vetted. He was stiff and achy but still a gentleman. They arranged to board him at a local kennel until they could arrange transport. Once he was with his foster they had him vetted. He had to have 13 teeth extracted, growths around his eyes removed and of course he was fixed. He was anxious, miserable and uncomfortable inside the foster home. A call went out for a doghouse to see if they could reduce his anxiety. After it appeared, smart and handsome Max decided that he liked it better inside his foster home near the back door. This fine old fellow would have perished if taken to a shelter. Now he will get a few good years to charm a family and add loving value to their lives because of Speak.

1 Danna N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Lil Bit from Speak for the Unspoken. They are an amazing organization. They gave him such amazing medical care (he sadly needed a leg amputation) and he was in such a loving foster home. Their review process for potential adopters was thorough and you could really tell they care about their pups. Lil Bit is an amazing dog and I'm so grateful with how well he was taken care of.

1 Lisa Stone M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our girl Maisie 4 years ago. She was rescued by Speak when the breeder was going to dispose of this beauty with a cleft pallet. Her pallet repaired, mega esophagus manageable, and bouts of pneumonia behind her ... this girl brings joy to everyone who meets her. Speak for the Unspoken ROCKS!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Maisie was born with a cleft pallet and was a breeder surrender saved as a pup by Speak for the Unspoken. Her cleft pallet was repaired but she still has mega esophagus (we almost lost her at four months due to pneumonia ). She''s thriving, and while small in size for a Bullmastiff, she's one of the sweetest dogs. We can't imagine life without her!

1 Eliza W.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Tucker, a deaf and blind catahoula from Speak in January, and he is a wonderful pup.
Many deaf and blind dogs are tossed by breeders or owners, but Speak is committed to finding the best homes for these dogs. Not only do they do a lot of work getting the word out about their available dogs, once they are adopted the Speak community is very helpful when questions arise.
Speak pointed me to a great place for training so Tucker and I could learn to communicate and be a successful pair. They have also created an adoptive families Facebook page where we can share the joy of having our dogs with other speak families and fosters, but it is also a place to ask questions to other Speak families and fosters.
When I was looking for a dog sibling to join Tucker Speak was willing to help find a sibling within their rescue then as well.
Speak does loving, compassionate work with dogs who greatly need it and would not do well in shelters. Beyond finding homes for deaf and blind dogs they do education at their adoption events about double merles, as well as how having a deaf or blind dog (or deaf and blind) is less daunting than one might think.

1 Darlene S.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m a volunteer foster for Speak For the Unspoken, my love of Australian Shepherds drew me to help. I’ve been totally amazed at the length that they go to , to help these dogs. From other foster homes ( the people are wonderful) , to transports , to medical care , and the great homes they end up finding for our dogs and puppies ...the care and love never ends .

2 Kathy V.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a very positive experience with this rescue group. They were extremely supportive and made the transition from rescue to adoption seamless. My dog Louise formerly Clarise was crate trained by the foster family. They also were available for any questions and were very supportive!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had such a great experience with everyone from Speak. I adopted Louise (Clarise) two months ago. Louise’s foster mom , Kim was amazing. She crate trained Louise before I adopted her which made for a smooth transition into my home. I have nothing but great things to say about this rescue group. I am so in love with my new pup!!

3 Krystal K.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I sent in an application for a blind puppy after weeks of wondering if I was ready. I waited too long. After my application got approved the foster home told me she had already been adopted.
But the rescue was so nice and they would send my application to another foster home for me when I asked. Instead of going through the process all over again.
So i got my puppy, a double merle aussie. And they were so nice and they care about every dog they have.

2 Lila A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Speak For The Unspoken has helped pull special needs dogs in my area. These dogs were in high kill shelters and needed a miracle. That miracle came in the form of several dedicated volunteers, fosters, and transporters who stepped up each time they are called upon!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I do transports for Speak and am SO proud to be a part of this wonderful organization! Everyone I have come in contact with puts their whole heart and soul into these very special rescues. I'm 3 hours away from Grove City but wish I lived closer as I would certainly donate more of my time to this amazing cause!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been involved with many dog rescues for the past 15 years. I can say without hesitation that Speak! For the Unspoken is the real deal. They will pull dogs from dire situations who would otherwise be left behind.
I attend many rescue events and am always meeting former Speak ! dogs who have been adopted and given a new leash on life. They have a large base of volunteers who are passionate about saving dogs who may be a bit different..but nonetheless deserve a safe loving home.
I can’t say enough about this wonderful rescue and try to support them in anyway I can.
Ilene Smith
Dublin Ohio

2 Alex P.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Speak! For the Unspoken alumni Lennie (deaf and blind lab) and Lula (double Merle Aussie). Any organization is only as good as its people, and Speak! has the best people. Thank you for all you do! #impairedwhocares #adoptdontshop #stoppuppymills

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Lula and Lennie came to us from Speak! a couple of years ago. What an awesome organization!

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2 Marnie Pisarcik S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so thankful for the people at Speak for pairing us up with our beautiful baby Juniper. What a wonderful organization! They are so helpful and knowledgeable about these special pups.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What a wonderful group of people! I wasn’t even looking for a new dog, but I saw a post by Speak for the Unspoken and instantly fell in love with a mini Dachsund that was both deaf and blind. I had to have her! The adoption process was extremely simple and the foster was so good to this baby girl. My Juniper doesn’t know she’s any different than my other two dogs. She fits right in with our family. ‘Speak’ gives a voice to these deaf/blind babies to say that they are every bit as lovable as any other pet. So thankful for my girl and for Speak bringing us together!

2 Abby S.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first moved to Columbus, I was looking for volunteer opportunities. I heard about a dog rescue that catered to dogs with disabilities. After volunteering at my first event, I began fostering a deaf and blind Australian Shepherd mix. He was just like any other dog. He liked to play and cuddle. He learned the setup of my house in only a few days. I learned so much about double merles, and was able to find the perfect home for sweet Charley.

In January of the following year, I was paired with an ill chihuahua. Through this dog, I truly learned about Speak for the Unspoken. The rescue invested in this sweet boy and made sure he had all of the necessary care.

I later came to learn that all rescues are not created equal. Once Speak takes a dog, it fully financially backs that dog. Whatever might be wrong, Speak will spend the money in order to give the dog the greatest opportunity for its best life.

I've continued to work with Speak over the past 5 years. They have grown in so many ways. Their volunteer team is like no other. They have stuck to their core values of maintaining a home-based fostering system, meaning no dog is left in a cage. Every dog receives training in someone's home.

Speak performs a thorough background review in order to ensure that each pet is placed with a responsible owner.

This rescue is a class act.

3 Elliot W.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Speak for the Unspoken is such an amazing rescue group, full of dedicated and compassionate volunteers with the same common goal of saving dogs most in need! When we heard about Speak we were drawn to the mission and their love for deaf and blind dogs(as we already had a deaf dog of our own). Working with this incredible group has given us so much joy and sense of purpose that I never imagined it would. We also adopted one of our fosters, Sloane along the way and without Speak we would not have her in our lives! We love our Speak family!

2 Carine B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been volunteering for Speak for the Unspoken for a couple of years now and the people we have met are nothing short of amazing. Rescuing animals is not an easy job but it is definitely a rewarding one.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been fostering for almost a year with this rescue and the work done by this team is amazing! I’ve found my passion and a whole lot of wonderful people who share it. Thanks Speak!!

2 Dan B.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Speak! is an amazing experience for our family. We try to help several rescues, but after finding a deaf Catahoula at the shelter and rescuing her and her brother, we got hooked on helping special needs pups. We hear the phrase 'Who Saved Who?' a lot in this field, but meeting the pups that pass through from horrible conditions to loving families is really the best reward a person can ask for. I couldn't ask for a better group of people to work with, they are all so dedicated to making lives better for the pups that they rescue.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I dont even know where to start with Speak! The few people we have had the pleasure of working with are nothing short of amazing. The amount of love, passion, and knowledge that runs through this rescue is unbelievable. We adopted Gussy, a double merle Great Dane, from Speak! and his foster family will always hold a special place in my heart. They are two of the most incredible people I have ever met. ❤️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We had no intentions of adding a fourth dog to our family and we’re just going to “look” at the meet-and-As we were leaving Helen(formerly Mocha) walked in with her foster mom. We fell in love instantly(that’s the picture of me holding her the first time we met her) and ended up with a fourth dog! People ask how is it having a deaf and blind dog. I tell them she is like any other dog and we were so lucky to have her! I am so glad we found Speak because they are AMAZING! All the people at Speak care so much for these dogs and making sure they have a great life. Thank you for everything you do!