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 – July 2019, Deaf Dogs Rock has sponsored a total of 71 deaf dogs and puppies into have been sponsored into rescue so far this year.

In July 2019, our Deaf Dogs Rock community sponsored 12 deaf dogs into the safe harbor of rescue so they can start on their new journey to finding their forever homes. Thank you to all of you who continue to support Deaf Dogs Rock by donating, hosting fundraisers and spreading the word to family and friends on how awesome deaf dogs can be.

For the past five years Deaf Dogs Rock has sponsored 596 deaf dogs/puppies (as of 7/31/19) 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

Below – July Rocker Puppy Sponsorship Recaps 


Tilly – Poet’s Vision Aussie Rescue 

When our partner rescue in Canada Poet’s Vision Aussie Rescue reached out to Deaf Dogs Rock for some help for deaf puppy Tilly, we were only to happy to help out with a Rocker Puppy sponsorship to go towards Tilly’s vetting so she can get what she needs. Such a sweet girl!


Giggles, Twitch and Tickle – Speak For The Unspoken Ohio 

Our Ohio rescue partners at Speak For The Unspoken took in three deaf and deaf/blind Catahoula puppies. We are seeing so much double merle breeding with the Catahoula breed because most of the breeders are not educated about Merle to Merle breeding and what can happen when you breed two merle genes. What happens is you get deaf and deaf/blind puppies like Giggles, Twitch and Tickle. It is very expensive to commit to three deaf and deaf/blind puppies at a time but with the help from our Deaf Dogs Rock Community we can sponsor all three of these puppies into our Rocker Puppy Program so they can receive the vetting they need to get ready to be adopted. Thanks to Speak For The Unspoken Team for always stepping up to help deaf dogs and puppies in need.


Wanda and Cosmo – Speak For The Unspoken Ohio 

Our partner rescue up in Ohio Speak For The Unspoken was very busy this month taking in many deaf and deaf/blind puppies so we want to make sure to support their efforts through our Deaf Dogs Rock Rocker Puppy program so they can continue to afford to help deaf pups in need. We want to give them a huge shout out and thank you for all their hard work and also thank all their amazing foster families who step up all the time to help save deaf dogs lives by volunteering to foster each pup.


Polaris – DC Dogos 

We put a rescue plea out for Dogo girl Polaris at the Collier County Shelter and we were so happy that we heard back from Pamela Fay with DC Dogos Rescue. They pulled Polaris and she is  now in foster care. They think she is closer to 8 months old verses the 2 years old the shelter had her listed as. We want to thank Pamela with DC Dogos Rescue, the foster home and their entire team for evaluating, tagging and rescuing Polaris. She will be sponsored by our Deaf Dogs Rock Rocker Puppy program. Thanks to all of our generous and loyal supporters who host fundraisers and send in donations to Deaf Dogs Rock so we can continue to sponsor deaf dogs in need.


Jackie – Green Dogs Unleashed

It was such a pleasure working with the Floyd County Humane Society Team and driving Jackie’s rescue transport to make sure she safely made it to Green Dogs Unleashed up in Troy, VA. She was such a good puppy and she had fun playing with her new toy.

Thanks to Green Dogs Unleashed and their volunteer who met me in Staunton, Virginia to deliver Jackie to Green Dogs Unleashed in Troy VA.

Volunteer driver Whitney with the Floyd County Humane Society delivering Jackie to us for her transport. 

We worked with the Floyd County Humane Society here locally near us in Roanoke VA. When our friend Anna Simms told us about a deaf puppy in the care of the Floyd Humane Society she put me in touch with their team and we offered a rescue sponsorship so sweet little Doxy puppy Jackie could go into an experienced foster home at Green Dogs Unleashed to start to learn her sign training foundation. At Green Dogs Unleashed they specialize in rescuing, fostering and training deaf and deaf/blind dogs to help them to become the best they can be and find the perfect home. While they are in foster care at GDU, potential homes are carefully and thoroughly screened to make sure each home is the perfect fit for the deaf puppy.


Callie – Friends of Bedford County Animal Shelter – Pending 

Hospice Home Needed for Callie. We also decided to do a medical sponsorship for Callie so she can receive the treatment she needs to stay comfortable.

From our friends at the Bedford County Animal Shelter:
Many of you have seen posts about Callie, the 7 year old deaf Boxer searching for a forever home. We are sad to say that Callie has been diagnosed with skin hemogiocarsoma, (cancer). She currently is at Riverside Veterinary Hospital is getting treatment for Pancreatitis. Her prognosis is not good.


Sam and Ace – Green Dogs Unleashed 


We heard from a person asking for help for her deaf puppy Sam and also mentioned she has an older 1.5 year old Aussie who also needed rescue so we reached out to Green Dogs Unleashed to see if they had room. It took several weeks to get Sam and Ace to GDU where they would receive additional training and potential homes would be screened very carefully to make sure each home is a great fit for Sam and Ace. Erika with GDU said she was so impressed by Sam and his laid back personality she really thought he would make a great Therapy Dog candidate.

Braveheart – NYC Second Chance Rescue 

When we got an urgent message from NYC Second Chance rescue looking for medical sponsorship for a deaf 12 week old puppy who has mange and was on the Euthanasia list we wanted to help. Braveheart was located in a rural Mississippi municipal animal shelter and was suffering from demodex mange. We jumped into gear and donated a Rocker Puppy Medical sponsorship to help with his vet costs as soon as they pull him from the shelter. After he gets some treatment he will be on his way to NYC into rescue.