Thank you to all of our supporters who donated to Deaf Dogs Rock in the month of January 2020 to keep our mission going! 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 Rocker Puppy 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 applicant’s 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.

Wow, we kicked off the new year in January with a bang! Our Deaf Dogs Rock community sponsored 15 dogs/puppies in January which is a huge accomplishment! Thanks to the financial support of our loyal Deaf Dogs Rock community, we can continue to help deaf dogs in need. So far since our start of our Deaf Dogs Rock Rocker Puppy sponsorship program we have sponsored 684 deaf dogs (as of 1/31/20).  We could not do it without your on going support! Thank you, thank you, thank you! ~Christina Lee

PS: Here are our monthly recaps for dogs sponsored for January 2020.

Sweet deaf Clare from NC – Mayberry 4 Paws 



Sweet deaf dog Clare needed help into rescue when her owner could not longer care for her physically. Because Clare had extreme OCD issues (she randomly attacks the dry wall and eats it without warning) she had to be at a vet clinic and is still with Mayberry 4 Paws who has her in the care of a foster and is working with the vet and behaviorist to try to help her over come her extreme OCD issues. Deaf Dogs Rock sponsored some of Clare’s medical expenses so the vet could evaluate her and put together a plan. Also thanks to our generous supporters who continue to host fundraisers and donate to help Deaf Dogs Rock continue to sponsor deaf dogs like Clare into rescue.


Snowflake aka now Essie – Green Dogs Unleashed

It took many months of planning but Essie finally made her way from Texas to Virginia into Green Dogs Unleashed rescue where she is in foster care and going to GDU puppy classes. Essie is still available for adoption and if you are interested you can reach out to Green Dogs Unleashed to find out more.

Queen Little Miss Missy

Missy and her mama hold huge fundraisers for Deaf Dogs Rock twice a year bringing in over $2400 in donations in 2019 to help deaf dogs in need so when we learned Missy had to go to Virginia Tech to get Cancer removed from her leg we wanted to help her with a medical sponsorship. Deaf Dogs Rock sent in $200 to go towards Missy’s vetting so she can beat this horrible thing called Cancer. We wish Missy a speedy recover and thank her and her family for all their fundraising efforts. Because of this little Boston Terrier, Deaf Dogs Rock was able to sponsor an additional 12 deaf dogs/puppies into rescue in 2019.



Lilith – Northwest Boxer Rescue 

Deaf Dogs Rock received this message from at least 10 people trying to help Lilith:

Palmdale CA – #A5338223
My name is LILITH and I’m an approximately 5 years old female pit bull. I am not yet spayed. I have been at the Palmdale Animal Care Center since November 30, 2019. You can visit me at my temporary home P1403.

We immediately put out a rescue pleas sponsorship offer and thank goodness Northwest Boxer Rescue went and pulled Lilith before she was to be put to sleep.


Here is Lilith leaving the shelter in the nick of time. A huge shout out to Northwest Boxer Rescue for pulling her into rescue. With the help of our loyal supporters like Kathy Bauman and Kathleen, we were able to sponsor Lilith into rescue to help out with her vetting costs.



Helen – Speak St. Louis 


Thank you to Speak St. Louis for making room for deaf Border Collie Puppy Helen. The rescue was completely full but when I reached out to them they found a driver and a foster to make room for sweet Helen. Thanks also to Kathleen who trusted Deaf Dogs Rock and Speak St. Louis to take Helen into rescue where she will learn all kinds of cool new things and new signs. Helen will learn she has a secret super power in her deafness and she will get to embrace her super power around people who believe in her. Speak St. Louis will also screen potential homes very carefully to make sure she goes to a home that will be committed to her training/socialization and always keep her safe.



Snowy – Green Dogs Unleashed

Since Snowy was No Paws On The Ground, many of the  transport drivers used this kind of set up for NPOTG with an X-pen where the puppy can go potty, play a little bit, stretch their legs and drink water.

Thanks to Caroline with Almost Home Rescue for advocating for deaf puppy Snowy to help get her here to Virginia into our partner rescue Green Dogs Unleashed. What a little doll baby she is. Thanks to the entire Highway Heroes Transport team of volunteer drivers who always step up and help get the deaf puppies from the South into special needs rescues here in Virginia. Thanks to Erika with Green Dogs Unleashed for always make room for the deaf puppies to be excepted into their program through our Deaf Dogs Rock Rocker Puppy sponsorship program. Thanks to Keri for driving two legs, to Bill for driving two legs to get Snowy to her final destination. Thanks also to Kim for agreeing to foster this little nugget through GDU. It takes a tribe of rescue warriors to bring all this together to help one deaf dog at a time.

Photo above from January 27, 2020 with Snowy in her foster home in Charlottesville VA. If you live within driving distance to Charlottesville VA and are interested in adopting Snowy, please fill out an adoption application here. 

Because of our amazing and generous supporters they continually help save one deaf dog at a time. Thank you, thank you, thank you! ~ Christina Lee – Deaf Dogs Rock

Saving one deaf dog won’t change the world ….but surely it will change the world for that one deaf dog. 



Quincy – Phoenix Effect Death Row Rescue. 

When The Phoenix Effect Death Row Rescue contacted us about a deaf boxer puppy there were pulling from a shelter in the Midwest, Deaf Dogs Rock was there to help little deaf boxer puppy Quincy. Through our special deaf boxer sponsorship fund called Nitro’s Fund, DDR was able to sponsor Quincy into rescue to help with his vetting costs so he can become available for adoption soon.


Athena – Yancy Humane Society 

Athena is a 16 month old female Aussie shepherd located at the Yancy Humane Society in Burnsville, NC. We wanted to make sure we could list Athena available for adoption so we reached back out to the shelter to let them know Deaf Dogs Rock would like to sponsor her spay surgery so she can be listed on our website and become available for adoption. This way when she get adopted, she will be set up for success when meeting new dogs and family members (because she won’t be going into heat).


Josie – Second Chances Rescue Inc 


When we heard about Josie’s story we knew we had to help her through our Deaf Dogs Rock Rocker Puppy program. Hunter McGowan who is  her foster daddy is also training her. Photos of Josie courtesy of Hunter McGowan 

Here is what Hunter wrote on his FB page on January 14, 2020:

Scooped this little girl Josie up from ACCT today. Second Chances Rescue, Inc. and I saw her on Sunday and she was serving a 48 hr stray hold after being found by police tied to a pole. She is the sweetest lil puppy. She is very skittish and has very low confidence. She’s pretty emaciated and SHE IS DEAF. She has certainly seen some things in her short life and we are SUPER excited to have her as a foster. Please follow Josie’s journey!!!

Thanks to Second Chances Rescue Inc for pulling Josie from ACCT and getting her into foster care where she will received positive reinforcement training, learn her sign cues and also get her vetting done before she becomes available for adoption. You can learn more about Second Chance Rescue by clicking here. 


Neo – iRescue Texas 

Thanks to Karla at iRescue for reaching out to Deaf Dogs Rock about Neo. He was a six month old Aussie Shepherd who was an owner surrender at a local Texas shelter. Karla jumped in her car when she heard about him and pulled him from the shelter. Karla says this about Neo:

This sweet deaf male Aussie Shepherd is just 6 months old, loves kids, dogs and even cats. He needs a job or a friend to wear him out. He is deaf and knows hand signals, a very smart little dude. We will update as soon as he is available so stay tuned!


Pearl and Dobby – Green Dogs Unleashed 

Sweet deaf red heeler Pearl was transported from TN to Green Dogs Unleashed here in Virginia on January 25, 2020. She will be fostered by Kim and start her puppy training classes while potential homes are being screened. She is one of the sweetest deaf heeler puppies we have had the pleasure of transporting and sponsoring into rescue through our Deaf Dogs Rock Rocker Puppy Program.

Poor Dobby was purchased from a breeder when he was a puppy and the people did not realize he was deaf and blind. Once they discovered he was deaf/blind he was kept outside with hardly any training. Deaf Dogs Rock has sponsored Dobby into Green Dogs Unleashed to help with his vetting costs. Dobby will now get the much needed training and socialization he needs and also learn how to live as an inside dog with access to a secure fenced in area. Erika with Green Dogs Unleashed reports that what Dobby doesn’t have in training he makes up with his awesome personality.



Bert – Speak St. Louis 

A family reached out for help to find little deaf Aussie puppy Bert a new home. We let them know about our Deaf Dogs Rock Rocker Puppy program and that we had a partner rescue within driving distance. The family decided to let Bert go into our program and go directly into foster care with Speak St. Louis.


Aries and Icil – Medical sponsorship

Icil and Aries are a bonded pair of dogs and their human has been in the hospital for some time. They were taken to Animal Control but advocates stepped up to get them in foster care while their human heals. They needed vetting because it had been some time since they had shots and one still needed to be spayed neutered. We worked with Susan who was their advocate to do a medical sponsorship on them so they could be properly vetted. Susan also launched a Facebook Birthday Fundraiser and raised the funds for Deaf Dogs Rock in the first day so these two dogs vet expenses would be covered. We run across heroes like Susan often and we are so blessed when they step up to help vulnerable animals in need.