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 – November 2018 Deaf Dogs Rock has sponsored a total of 130 deaf dogs and puppies into rescue.

In December 2018, our Deaf Dogs Rock community sponsored another 22 deaf dogs and puppies into rescue for a grand total of 152 deaf dogs sponsored into the safe harbors of rescue in 2018. This is a record number of deaf dogs sponsored in one year by our organization. A huge thank you to all of you who held Facebook birthday and Giving Tuesday fundraisers and all of you who sent in donations to Deaf Dogs Rock so we can continue our work to help one deaf dog at a time. For the past five years Deaf Dogs Rock has sponsored 517 deaf dogs/puppies 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


Keelo – Deaf Dog Rescue of America


Keelo aka Cain was pulled from a shelter in California by our friends the Deaf Dog Rescue of America. We sponsored Keelo so he could make his way to his new mom Kourtney Gorman. Kourtney and her mom Kay have had 7 deaf dogs over the past several years so Cain will be number 8. They live in Florida and although it took a tribe of rescue warriors to pull, rescue, foster, transport and even fly Cain to get him to Florida he made it safely and is now living the life with his new mama Kourtney. A huge shout out to Deaf Dog Rescue of America, all the volunteer rescue transport drivers, the foster families and to Pilot’s N Paws who flew Cain from the west coast to the Southeast.



Chica – Deaf Dogs Rescue of America


We are so thankful to Deaf Dog Rescue of America for finding a temporary foster and for helping to get Chica out of the shelter. We are committed to sponsoring Chica through our Deaf Dogs Rock Rocker Puppy program so she can get the vetting she needs to get ready for adoption.


Yeti – Speak St. Louis

Speak St. Louis took in three adult Aussies from a tiny rural pound with no heat, not staff and stuck in the middle of a cornfield (with little chance of being adopted or rescued). Deaf Dogs Rock sponsored two of them to help with their vetting because it was confirmed two of them are deaf.

From Speak: Unfortunately, we were not able to get them out before the weather hit, but with the help of the rescue village, they are now safe and warm at a veterinarian’s office nearby the pound and will stay a few days while we make this plea for foster homes. 

Miska – Speak For The Unspoken (Ohio)

Thanks to Speak For The Unspoken for securing 7 week old male Mini Australian Shepherd Miska. She is a Double Merle puppy who will need her vetting done before she is available for adoption. She will receive our Deaf Dogs Rock Rocker Puppy Sponsorship to help the organization with her vetting expenses. This allows Speak to take in more dogs when we can help them out with medical expenses for some of the deaf dogs and puppies they make room for.


Joan Jett aka JJ with Angels of Assisi

When a group of dog advocates reached out to Deaf Dogs Rock asking if we could help get Joan Jett from a country shelter into a rescue we reached out to Angels of Assisi in Roanoke VA to see if they could make room for J.J. They folks at Angels made room for J.J. and Deaf Dogs Rock sponsored her and transported her to rescue.  She is a two year old deaf dog that has been picked up many times as a stray so we wanted to make sure she went to a rescue where she could receive training from deaf dog trainer Bobbie Wiggins who works at Angels. Bobbie will start teaching J.J. new sign cues, and get her ready to start a new life with a person or family who will make keeping her safe a top priority.  If we had not picked up Joan Jett she would have been put to sleep right before the holidays because all the shelters were full and when the shelter staff get the holidays off that means many of the dog in the shelter are put to sleep so because we committed to her she was saved and will live to see a new life.


I have been going daily to work with J.J. on her loose leash walking and she is doing great. She does seem to be house trained because I never see her go in her kennel. As soon as I take her out she does her business. She is such a good girl.


Ryder – Speak St. Louis

It has been a very busy December for our partner rescue Speak St. Louis! Welcome Ryder to Speak St. Louis and he will be the recipient of a DDR Rocker Puppy sponsorship so he can be vetted/neutered to become ready for adoption soon.


Kahlua – Augusta Dog Adoptions 

Poor sweet senior dog Kahlua was found as a stray in Greenville, Virginia. Thankfully Animal Control got her to Augusta Dog Adoptions and our friend Ashley Snyder is fostering her. As you can see from the photos Kahlua has a double eye infection, she needs dental work and she needs a mammory mass removed. She also needs to be spayed. She has to get healthy before she will be available for adoption. The good news is because of our awesome supporters, Deaf Dogs Rock sponsored Kahlua through our DDR Rocker Puppy Program and sent ADA $250 to go towards her vet care.


Cisco – iRescue

Cisco safely made his way to iRescue in Texas where he continues to entertain our rescue warrior friend Karla. This little guy is all personality and we were happy to be able to sponsor him through our Deaf Dogs Rock Rocker Puppy Program where he can now be neutered to get ready for adoption.


Aussie puppy Eve – Green Dogs Unleashed  

We are so happy Eve made it safely to Green Dogs Unleashed and our friend Katy and Derek will be fostering her and starting her touch training. Little double merle deaf/blind puppy Eve will now be sponsored by our Deaf Dogs Rock Rocker Puppy Program where she can be vetted and spayed to get ready for her future forever home.


Two Dalmations from California make it to GDU here in Virginia 

Green Dogs Unleashed received two deaf Dalmatians all the way from California. Erika the director of GDU has been working with deaf Dalmatian puppies now for the past few years getting them their puppy foundation training and skills started before they go to their new homes. They continue to work with GDU at their training facility even after they have been adopted. Welcome our newest sponsored deaf rocker puppies to Green Dogs Unleashed right here in Virginia.

Our sponsored Rocker Puppy Everest (Large Dal on the left) and his mama will be fostering these two Dalmatian puppies so she can take them over to work with Erika on a daily basis.

Chapel – Speak For The Unspoken

We had several people tag Deaf Dogs Rock when a story of a deaf puppy (a Double Merle) was rescued from being dumped in a plastic bag in a frozen creek. As soon as I saw the story I contacted Andrea with Speak For The Unspoken in Ohio and we offered a DDR Rocker Puppy sponsorship if she could tag the puppy for rescue. Andrea jumped right on it and picked up the phone to immediately contact the Kentucky shelter who had the puppy. The puppy was just up the road from Speak in Georgetown, Kentucky (Speak is in Grove City Ohio). Chapel is now safely in foster care with Speak For The Unspoken Rescue and we just sent them a Deaf Dogs Rock Rocker Puppy sponsorship to help with Chapel’s vetting before she goes to her new home. You can read more about Chapel’s story by clicking here. 

Ralphie and Randy – Speak For The Unspoken OHIO 


It is literally raining Deaf Double Merle puppies this month. Thanks to Speak For The Unspoken in Ohio for taking in deaf dogs Ralphie and Randy.


Noelani, River, Zale and Stormy – Speak St. Louis







All of our partner rescues have so many Double Merle puppies coming in so when Speak St. Louis agreed to take an entire litter of DM puppies we wanted to help with vetting. Noelani, River and Zale are all deaf puppies. Stormy also came in with two other DM Aussies (Yeti was also deaf and who we also sponsored). Thanks one of our wonderful donors Annie H. who sent in a very special donation in honor of her 14.5 year old Double Merle Aussie Taryn, we were able to sponsor all four dogs! I think Annie will be so excited to learn her generous donation will help all four of these deaf pups get the vetting they need.


Karson – Speak for The Unspoken (Ohio)

Sweet Karson came from Oklahoma. When our friends at Speak for The Unspoken reached out to Deaf Dogs Rock with help for Karson, we were happy to help with a Deaf Dogs Rock Rocker Puppy sponsorship.

Cherry and Hickory – Green Dogs Unleashed

Photo above:  by Amy Yang Photography

Deaf puppies Cherry and Hickory are very lucky to be born at Green Dogs Unleashed rescue here in Virginia. Erika the director of GDU pulled a pregnant, heart-worm positive red merle aussie from a rural Virginia Shelter several weeks ago. A pregnant heart-worm positive aussie dog in a shelter is basically a death sentence for the dog but GDU jumped into gear and saved her. Her puppies were born in foster care. They even did a photo shoot with Erika’s new born Eden which is seriously one of the cutest photos I have ever seen. When the puppies where born, I  mentioned to Erika if any of the puppies where deaf to let Deaf Dogs Rock know so we could sponsor their vetting. We were both surprised that around 4 weeks old it was discovered two of the puppies were indeed deaf so we sponsored both deaf puppies Cherry and Hickory through our Deaf Dogs Rock Rocker Puppy program. I also reached out to a local family here in Roanoke, VA who had previously adopted two of our sponsored deaf rocker puppies into their family to see if one of these deaf puppies would be a good fit. The family’s daughter Jessica was looking to adopt a deaf puppy so she made a trip to GDU in Troy, VA to meet Hickory and fell in love. She will be adopting Hickory the first week in January once all his vetting is complete.

Lelu – PawsSupport Rescue 

Lelu’s Freedom Ride! 


Deaf Dogs Rock put out a rescue plea for deaf dog Rita from the Mesquite Animal Shelter and when we learned she was pulled to safety by Paws Support Rescue in Texas we let them know Deaf Dogs Rock offered a rescue sponsorship to a reputable 501c3 rescue to pull Rita to safety. Rita’s name has been changed to Lelu and she is now in foster care being well cared for.