Meet our Deaf Dogs Rock Star of The Day adoptable deaf bully Adonis who is looking for a loving forever home with someone who will cherish him, always keep him safe and become his new BFF.
From the rescue: Adonis came to our rescue as a scared little puppy from a family that could not handle his special needs. Kept in a cage most of his life, he had limited experience with the outside world. As time flew by, Adonis blossomed into a wonderful, fun and loving dog! He loved to romp around with his black lab foster brother Zeus, give big sloppy kisses and he really enjoyed his treats! Adonis was with our rescue for 7 months, all the while learning how to be a puppy! About 6 months ago, Adonis was adopted into what we thought was a forever home.
Unfortunately the owner who had adopted Adonis was recently diagnosed with cancer so Adonis was returned to the rescue. Adonis would love a forever home with a fenced in yard or plenty of space for him to run and play! Adonis gets along with with dogs of all sizes but doesn’t love cats. He finds cats VERY interesting but has never showed aggression. Adonis is approximately 1.5 years old, neutered, he is up to date on his routine vaccines, and micro-chipped. Will you be Adonis’ forever home?
The core mission of our Deaf Dogs Rock Rocker Puppy program is to set up each deaf puppy/dog for success by sending them into a experienced special needs rescue where they go into a experienced deaf dog foster home that is committed to training and socializing each deaf dog that comes into their care. This way each foster advocate gets the opportunity to live with the deaf dog, work with the deaf dog and accurately evaluate each deaf dog/puppy to make sure to match the dog with the right home once the adoption screening process starts. The adoption screening process is very thorough. Each interested family must fill out an adoption application that asks lots of questions and a full list of references is required to be considered for adoption.
We work with shelters, rescues, private individual and breeders to help get each deaf puppy into our program to make sure each deaf dog/puppy gets the individual training, socialization, and love to grow up to become a cherished member of society. Deaf Dogs Rock is a judgement free zone and are here to help deaf dogs and puppies get a fresh start and a chance at a great life.
When screening potential homes for a deaf dog/puppy, there are many guidelines to follow like checking all references, talking to the applicants veterinarian and performing a thorough home visit to make sure each home is a safe place for a deaf or deaf/blind dog. This is why our Deaf Dogs Rock Rocker Puppy is so important to set each deaf pup up for a successful happy life in their new home. Our Rocker Puppy program financially sponsors each deaf dog/puppy so the dogs can be spay/neutered before they are adopted to a new family. We only work with rescues and advocacy organizations who are committed in making sure each deaf dog/puppy is spay/neutered before being placed in a new home.
It is our number one mission to make sure each deaf dog and puppy gets basic training, socialization. are in a loving and caring foster home where their confidence soars. Our partners set each deaf dog up for success. Jan – May 2019, Deaf Dogs Rock has sponsored a total of 50 deaf dogs and puppies into have been sponsored into rescue so far this year.
In May 2019, our Deaf Dogs Rock community sponsored 10 deaf dogs into the safe harbor of rescue so they can start on their new journey to finding their forever homes.
For the past five years Deaf Dogs Rock has sponsored 575 deaf dogs/puppies (as of 5/31/19) into rescue and we could not have done it without the full support of our amazing Deaf Dogs Rock community so thank you, thank you, thank you for the bottom of our hearts! ~ Christina Lee and the entire DDR team
Bexley, Ian and BeBe – Speak For The Unspoken – Ohio
Our friends at Speak For The Unspoken have taken in so many special needs dogs over the past four weeks, we wanted to help them with vet costs through our Deaf Dogs Rock Rocker Puppy Program. Because of your support Bexley, Ian and Bebe can be vetted and get ready to find their forever homes.
Fern – Apollo Support and Rescue
Thanks to our friends at Apollo Rescue and Support and our supporters here at Deaf Dogs Rock, Fern is sponsored and being taken care of until she finds a loving forever home.
9 week old Catahoula Puppy Matlin – Springfield MO – Rescue One Rescue –
When we saw a post about deaf Catahoula puppy Matlin we knew we had to help so we contacted Rescue One and offered to pay he Rocker Puppy sponsorship to help with her vetting so she can become available for adoption soon. What a pretty and sweet girl. A big shout out and thank you to Rescue One for taking in a special needs deaf Catahoula puppy. We are seeing so many deaf Catahoula puppies recently because many of the breeders are breeding a Merle to Merle gene which ends up with puppies having a 25% chance of being deaf or deaf/blind.
Whibbles Magoo – TN – Snooty Giggles Rescue
When we heard from Mary Jo Dilonardo about a deaf/blind Double Merle puppy named Whibbles Magoo she was going to foster for Snooty Giggles Dog Rescue we wanted to help out with a sponsorship. We sent in a Deaf Dogs Rock Rocker Puppy sponsorship to help out with Whibbles vetting so he will be ready for adoption soon. Mary Jo has recently written a story about how foster a deaf/blind puppy can be a challenge but also very rewarding. You can read her story by clicking here.
Casper – Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue
You can certainly tell it is PUPPY SEASON! We were happy to help deaf girl Casper get the spay surgery she needs before she gets adopted. A big shout out and thank you to the Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue for rescuing Casper and for advocating for her to find the perfect home. We look forward to following her journey. The more rescues we work with and sponsor deaf puppies like Casper, the more rescues will step forward to pull deaf puppies out of kill shelters or from owner surrenders.
Ella – Green Dogs Unleashed
Sometimes life throws a curve ball and the dog ends up paying for it. Ella is one of those dogs where her humans were getting a divorce and neither party could keep Ella so when her human daddy reached out to Deaf Dogs Rock we reached out to Green Dogs Unleashed to see if they could take a deaf boxer girl so she would not have to go to a shelter. Ella will be a recipient of Nitro’s Fund since she is a deaf boxer girl and we want to make sure she gets well taken care of.
Olive – Apollo Rescue and Support Texas
Poor Olive. Unfortunately she did not make it but Apollo Rescue and Support stepped up and tried to help Olive in her time of need.
Kelly – Second Chance Dog Rescue – San Diego CA
Thanks to Second Chance Dog Rescue in San Diego CA sweet deaf/blind catahoula pup Kelly is in a safe place. Kelly is also a recipient of our Deaf Dogs Rock Rocker Puppy fund to help with her spaying costs so she can be spayed and be available for adoption soon. To learn more about Kelly, please click here.
Meet adoptable 2 year old deaf boxer mix Bella who is looking for a loving forever home with someone who will cherish her and always keep her safe.
From Bella: Hi! My name is Bella and I am two years old. I spent the first year of my life chained to a grocery cart inside of a hot garage. Where no one in the family of five took the time for me. On Oct 31st 2018 I took my freedom walk. I experienced my first real walk, my first chew toy, my first bed and most importantly love. My foster family quickly discovered I am a happy, loving and a playful pup. I get along well with other dogs. I am curious about other fur friends but have never had the opportunity to meet them up close.
I am potty trained, follow basic hand commands, spayed and chipped. I love all humans including children. Oh, and I am deaf but that will never stop me from being an amazing companion. 🐶 Bella needs a family that is willing to cuddle with her and also have the time to let her run around outside to play. Cuddling and running are her two favorite things. She truly is a sweet little girl. She looks deep into your eyes and has the sweetest personality. We have two other fur babies and our male dog isn’t a fan of sharing his home and we feel it isn’t fair to either of them. This is the ONLY reason why we need to find Bella her furever home. Thank you.
Stacy is a 3 yr old spayed female Shih Tzu or Maltese mix who was left homeless when her owner passed away. She is deaf and blind in one eye, and because of this, the previous owner’s family members have decided that it would be easier to euthanize her than bother with finding her a home. A friend took her in and contacted me. I found her temporary foster. Issue is, this sweet little dog resource guards and needs to be an only pet.
Stacy loves riding in the car, going for walks, and snuggling with her person. She is potty trained to go outside and will use puppy pads if necessary. She is up to date on shots.
Rowan is a sweet 1 year old male Catahoula Leopard mix pup who is looking for a loving forever home with someone who will cherish him, become his new BFF and always keep him safe.
Rowan is about 45 pounds of joyful, wiggly fun. Rowan is is very friendly and loves people and other dogs. He loves to romp and play! Rowan is a handsome boy, but his looks could be a result of poor breeding practices. Rowan is most likely a Double Merle and was born without vision or hearing. Rowan is confident and can adapt to change. After a few days, he will map out a new home. This pup is a confident boy and is balanced with a wonderful temperament.
Rowan likes to play with other dogs and may be too much for some. He would be happy in a home with another energetic, tolerant dog. No cats please! Rowan is currently in a training program to learn basic obedience. A command is communicated to him thru touch signals. He is motivated by food and play, but can be a bit stubborn. Lots of practice helps him to learn and retain his new skills. Rowan has an endearing habit of carrying his bone around in his mouth. He is quite adorable and you will soon fall in love with him!
Rowan is crate trained and is potty trained if kept on a schedule. This pup has a lot going for him. Please fill out an application if you would like to learn more about him and meet him. Preference will be given to those in the New England area.
Meet adoptable deaf 3 year old Trixie who is looking for a loving home without other dogs with someone who will lover her and keep her safe.
From her current caregiver: Trixie is an approximately 3-4 year old Bull Terrier mix. A supreme cuddle bug, she will stay by your side throughout the day.
Rescued from a local shelter, who did not even realize she was deaf!
She knows some hand signals and I believe she would pick up more with consistant training.
Affectionate and eager to please, she would be a good fit for any family.
She’s great with all ages, and is not a jumper.
Based on her startle reaction she would be best as the only dog in your home.
Meet adoptable 8 month old deaf puppy Bruce who is looking for a loving forever home with someone who will continue his positive reinforcement training/socialization, become his new BFF and always keep him safe.
From his advocate: Bruce has been in foster for too long for such a good boy and he needs a forever home!
Bruce is deaf but you might not even notice at first. He is a sweet and lovable big bulldog mix about 8 months old. He is about 45 pounds now and doing pretty well on the housebreaking. He is good in his crate. He is very sweet with other dogs and loves the cats but sometimes a little too hard. He can be very animated for short periods of time but mostly he is very chill. In one of the pics he was taken to a child’s birthday where the birthday girl was asking for gifts for Pets & People for her birthday. You can see he is just flopped down in the middle of them, soaking up the attention and love! He manages his deafness very well. He watches the other dogs in the foster home for cues. We think with some patience he would learn hand signals very quickly!
His favorite time of day is breakfast. He gets so excited. He has been spending more time with the other dogs now that a couple got adopted. He gets pretty animated and runs around like crazy. I took a really cute picture of him napping yesterday. He is just so precious.
Meet adoptable deaf three year old June who is looking for a loving forever with someone who lives out in the country away from the busy city life. Someone who will add structure to her daily routine and keep her safe.
From her current caregiver. Seeking a new home for June, who is roughly 3 years old. She’s truly one of the sweetest velcro dogs I’ve ever met, but she’s also one of the most challenging. Seeing a home in the country as an only dog with someone who is home more often than not. Must have advanced dog skills, especially with behavioral dogs, the patience of a saint, and the knowledge that you are taking on a “project” dog.
She’s an incredibly sweet champion snuggler. She will snuggle you all day long if you let her. She can also be quite goofy and is very fun to play with. She loves chase, fetch, tug, hide and seek, you name it. She also loves car rides, though will sometimes bark at cars while stopped (but not all–haven’t detected any patterns). Snow is the best thing ever–she’ll run happy circles in the yard during/after each fresh snowfall.
She knows these basic hand signs: sit, wait, eat, come, water, walk, potty, quiet, no, good girl/yes. She’s finally starting to get the hang of down, watch me, and shake as well, but down has been especially hard for her. High-value treats are key for keeping her engaged with learning, and lots of head scratches and “good girls” and happy faces. She loves to please.
In a nutshell, over the last year, she has become very reactive. She went from being the belle of the dog park to not playing nice with old friends and not being able to be integrated into group at doggie daycare. I have been working on counter-conditioning with her, but I feel like she’s getting worse and a city environment just isn’t the best place for her. She barks at everything she sees out the window (birds, squirrels, people walking), and barks and lunges on leash when she sees other dogs, no matter how far away. She will redirect this aggression to my other dogs if they are close enough. She’s never broken skin and apologizes after by licking their mouths, but they grow more wary of her by the day. She’s also starting to react to bicycles and some people. We go on walks on off hours to work on her counter-conditioning with the fewest number of triggers possible, but that’s really hard in the city and I don’t feel like she’s really making much progress.
She also has pretty severe separation anxiety. She was crate trained, but seems to be going backward on this as well. She used to sleep in her crate through the night until about 7 am with no issue, but for the past few months, she takes about an hour to finally settle, and then wakes up between 4 and 5:30 am, no matter how much we keep her awake during the day, how late she stays up, or how much exercise (physical and mental) she gets. Taking her potty and putting her right back in often results in nonstop whining and pacing or barking. She will also move the kennel clear across the room while we are gone and has stopped eating treats left in there for her (though she’ll lick a frozen kong).
She was abandoned at an animal hospital in TN in October 2016. She was treated for demodex. Her skin improved. She was hit by a car just after Christmas 2016. Fractured pelvis and fractured femur. Surgery on her left hip (FHO) was January 2017 in Tennessee. Arrived in foster in MN in February 2017. I adopted her in June 2017 (from a now-closed rescue). At the time, she was on meloxicam, fluoxetine, trazadone, and gabapentin. I was able to successfully wean her off all medicines with no ill effects (the trazadone and fluoxetine were doing nothing to help her anxiety), though she will very, very occasionally limp if she’s been overactive.
Last week, her vet did put her back on fluoxetine at a higher dose (20mg/day). We’re trying alprazolam (up to 2mg/day) as well as needed while we wait the 4-6 weeks for the fluoxetine to take full effect. I continue her counter-conditioning and other training as well.
Meet adoptable deaf bully mix Dolly who is looking for a loving home to share with someone who will cherish her, embrace her imperfections and always keep her safe.
From her rescue: Dolly, a deaf tripod needs a special someone to love!
Dolly was hit head on by a car and it shattered her leg. Her leg couldn’t be saved and was amputated. We later discovered she was also deaf and we aren’t sure if it was related to accident or not. She was adopted, but they gave up on working with her and returned her. Dolly now is over weight and needs to lose about 20 to 30 lbs, she would love a home that can help her on her weight loss journey! She needs a special someone who can commit to working with her and keep up her training.
We hope to find her a truly loving home that can give her all that she deserves.
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Meet adoptable 4.5 month old deaf Catahoula puppy Kelly who is looking for a loving home with someone who will cherish her and always keep her safe.
From her rescue: Kelly is a sweet & very curious Catahoula mix. She has a lovely red merle and white coat, and an adorable pink nose. She was born blind (mostly — she may be able to make out shadows) & deaf (mostly — she can hear high pitches). She is 4 months old and about 27 lbs. She lets her nose guide her and should be very trainable based off her keen sense of smell and natural instincts.
Kelly loves to be around her people and takes comfort knowing someone is around. She can be in a safe secure yard with stimulants like Kongs and other interactive toys that she’d have to “work” with to get treats out of. She’d especially thrive with another dog to keep her company. Kelly does play a little rough and is still having a hard time picking up on cues from other dogs since she can’t see or hear, so she should not be unsupervised with small dogs.
She likes to sleep with a person at night. In her former foster home Kelly learned to navigate the stairs, and picked up on the family schedule and would move from bed to bed as people got up and started their day. She can get into trouble if left unattended in the home — she will counter surf, knock things over, find herself “stuck” on a table, dig through trash etc. She would do great with an active family that can give her lots of attention and exercise, a home with a secure yard and a confident medium-large sized dog(s) that can help show her the ropes and would be tolerant of her puppy energy.