Sharing our passion for the love and care of deaf dogs.

About Us

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Deaf Dogs Rock – it all started with an abandoned deaf boxer pup named Nitro (click here to read his story).

In a little over two years Deaf Dogs Rock has grown and evolved from a family wishing to help others by providing information to a non-profit organization run by a board of directors, approved by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) public charity. International reach, hundreds of dogs saved, a community of 25,000+ sharing support, it has been a pleasure and we are incredibly excited about the future of the organization.

As a non-profit charitable organization, Deaf Dogs Rock will always be 100% transparent to the public. On this page you’ll find our mission statement, our organizing documents, and a brief introduction to our board of directors.

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 promote the care and well being of deaf dogs. 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 the shelters and rescues that have deaf dogs available for adoption.

501(c)(3)

Deaf Dogs Rock has been approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt public charity. All donations to Deaf Dogs Rock are deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code regarding charitable donations.

As we operate solely through the efforts of volunteers and charitable donations, all aspects of our organization will always be transparent to the public.

Below is our letter of determination, organizational documents, and full Form 1023 application for 501(c)(3) status.

Meet The Board of Directors of Deaf Dogs Rock

Christina Lee

Christina Lee

-President

Founder of Deaf Dogs Rock. 12 years of professional experience in marketing, hundreds of hours spent volunteering and helping at local animal shelters.

Rebecca Custer

Rebecca Custer

-Vice President

10 years experience as the manager of the City of Salem Animal Shelter. Board of Directors member of the City of Salem Dog Park, Owner/Operator of digital marketing business.

David Lang

David Lang

-Treasurer

20 years experience as a network engineer and owner of a network consulting company. Long-time advocate, supporter, and volunteer in regional Humane Centers. Involved in rescue and transport.

Kim Rutherford

Kim Rutherford

-Secretary

Extensive experience in the raising and training of deaf dogs – ensuring their disability becomes an attribute.

Mac Adams

Mac Adams

-Director

Long-time advocate of deaf dogs, current owner of 5. Extensive experience in the raising and training of deaf dogs, specifically including their socialization with other dogs.