Deaf Dogs Rock – it all started with an abandoned deaf boxer pup named Nitro (click here to read his story).
In a little over six 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 52,000+ 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.
[fusion_dropcap]D[/fusion_dropcap]eaf 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.
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.
Our Deaf Dogs Rock FaceBook Community is directly involved with our organization by sharing, sponsoring, fostering, and adopting deaf dogs all over the world. They continue to help us with our fundraising efforts so we can continue to sponsor deaf dogs into partner rescues. Our FB community also helps us bring awareness to just how much deaf dogs rock by sharing their heart warming stories and photos about the deaf dogs they live with.
We are also blessed to work with partner rescues across the country who jump into gear and help us out when we reach out to them about an urgent deaf dog/puppy who needs help out of a kill shelter before their time is up.
Our Deaf Dogs Rock Executive Team now consists of three deaf dogs who represent deaf rescue dogs all over the U.S
From L to R: Bud, Nitro and Bowie
Deaf Dogs Rock has sponsored over 200 deaf dogs into partner rescues in the last 3 years. We sponsored just over one hundred deaf dogs in 2016. Since our website’s launch in 2011. there has been 2000 deaf dogs adopted into loving homes off our Adoptable Deaf Dogs section.
Meet the Deaf Dogs Rock Board of Directors
[fusion_person name=”Christina Lee” title=”President” picture=”https://deafdogsrock.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/christina3.jpg” linktarget=”_self” pic_style=”dropshadow” hover_type=”none” email=”email@example.com” facebook=”https://www.facebook.com/christina.lee2″ show_custom=”no”]Founder of Deaf Dogs Rock. 12 years of professional experience in marketing, hundreds of hours spent volunteering and helping at local animal shelters.[/fusion_person]
[fusion_person name=”Rebecca Gentry” title=”Vice-President” picture=”https://deafdogsrock.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/rebecca-1.jpg” linktarget=”_self” pic_style=”dropshadow” hover_type=”none” facebook=”https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1617585123&fref=ts” show_custom=”no”]13 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.[/fusion_person]
[fusion_person name=”David Lang” title=”Treasurer” picture=”https://deafdogsrock.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/david-full.jpg” linktarget=”_self” pic_style=”dropshadow” hover_type=”none” email=”firstname.lastname@example.org” facebook=”https://www.facebook.com/SaferNetworkSolutions” show_custom=”no”]23 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.[/fusion_person]
[fusion_person name=”Kim Rutherford” title=”Secretary” picture=”https://deafdogsrock.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/kim-1.jpg” linktarget=”_self” pic_style=”dropshadow” hover_type=”none” facebook=”https://www.facebook.com/kim.s.rutherford” show_custom=”no”]Extensive experience in the raising and training of deaf dogs – ensuring their disability becomes an attribute.[/fusion_person]
[fusion_person name=”Mac Adams” title=”Board Member” picture=”https://deafdogsrock.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/mac-1.jpg” linktarget=”_self” pic_style=”dropshadow” hover_type=”none” facebook=”https://www.facebook.com/mac.adams.9″ show_custom=”no”]Long-time advocate and owner of deaf dogs. Extensive experience in the raising and training of deaf dogs, specifically including their socialization with other dogs.[/fusion_person]