Thank you to all of our supporters who donated to Deaf Dogs Rock in the month of June 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.
Deaf Dogs Rock works with shelters, rescues, private individual and breeders to help get each deaf puppy into our Rocker Puppy program to make sure each dog 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 our number one priority will always be 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, each partner rescue has a specific set of 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 rescue partners and advocacy organizations who are committed in making sure each deaf pup is spay/neutered before being placed in a new home.
Even though donations stopped in mid March, due to the Coronavirus, that did not stop us from continuing to sponsor deaf dogs in need. Our amazing Deaf Dogs Rock community sponsored 10 deaf dogs/puppies in June, 2020 which is a huge accomplishment considering we are in the middle of a Pandemic. 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 759 deaf dogs (as of 6/30/20).
So far in 2020, our Deaf Dogs Rock community has sponsored 91 deaf dogs/pups into the safe arms of rescue. We could not do it without your on going support!
Thank you, thank you, thank you! ~ Christina Lee
Lupin – DC Dogos Rescue
When Cas Foster with the Charleston Animal Society reached out to Deaf Dogs Rock trying to find a rescue for sweet deaf Dogo Argentino Lupin, we were happy to help. When I read Lupin’s evaluations I knew Pamela from DC Dogo Rescue would want to help. When I contacted Pamela she said there were so busy right now and she wasn’t sure she had room. Once Pamela read his evaluations and met with her team they came up with a plan to pull Lupin to safety. It took about a week to get all the logistics together but on June 4, Lupin was pulled by Ami Gorman. We are so thankful for the DC Dogo team, to Pamela, her team, to Ami and to Cas Foster with the Charleston Animal Society for taking her time to have Lupin evaluated, to reach out to Deaf Dogs Rock and to be Lupin’s advocate to make sure he goes to a safe place. When we launched Deaf Dogs Rock 9 years ago, we didn’t see a lot of home at the shelters for deaf dogs but over the past 9 years the tides are changing the hearts and minds of shelters across the world. Welcome to your new journey Lupin. Thanks to all of our financial supporters who help us help dogs like Lupin out of the shelter into the safe arms of rescue. We would not be able to help deaf dogs in need without your continued support.
Greta – Speak St. Louis
From Speak St. Louis:
There is so much hurt in the world and our hearts are hurting even more today. At first glance, you wouldn’t know anything is wrong with Greta, the deaf Rottweiler pup we took into our care today. Look closer and you see the wicked physical scars on her head and nose, Observe her longer, and you will see her fall over as she tries to sit for a treat and is not able to pick a treat up off the ground because of her displaced lower canine teeth that have caused a hole in her top palate. All of that is heartbreaking, but witnessing the emotional scars, when you see the fear overwhelm her if you have something in your hand crushes any hope you have for mankind. How can people be so cruel and to a puppy?
We are not sorry we did, but we reluctantly agreed to take a deaf Rottweiler pup into our care. Reluctantly, because we are not a deaf dog rescue, but an Aussie and Border Collie rescue willing to welcome the special needs Aussies and Borders that many rescues do not want to tackle because they are much harder to place and can face other struggles. We do it because they need us. It is not easier for us, but we are committed to the extra time and fundraising it takes. Sometimes, the time needed is indefinite. We also are not a Rottie rescue, but one could not be found for Greta, so one of our amazing volunteers agreed to foster her. We were told Greta sometimes loses her balance. When we heard this, we made an immediate vet appointment straight from her transport. We were hoping maybe since Rotties aren’t prone to deafness, she had an inner ear infection causing her equilibrium to be off. What we learned is she has some neurological damage most probable from apparent head trauma sustained at some point in her short life.
Our vet is referring us to a neurologist and there is a good chance the damage is done and there is nothing we can do, but to love her unconditionally and make sure she has a good life, hopefully, in a forever home, one who will make up for all the bad Greta has already had to endure and show her there is still some good left in this crazy world.
From Christina Deaf Dogs Rock – Thanks to our supporters we were able to send in a DDR Rocker Puppy sponsorship into Speak St. Louis to help with Greta’s vet bills so she can get the medical attention she needs.
Jack – Green Dogs Unleashed
When Deaf Dogs Rock got a message from a woman who has a horse farm and breeds farm Catahoulas, she was fearful for one of her deaf 5 month old Chocolate Catahoula pups Jack. Jack was always getting under foot of the livestock and horses and she feared he would get hurt and asked us for help. We reached out to our partner organization Green Dogs Unleashed in Troy VA to see if they would have room in their program for Jack. Jack was just up the road from us in TN so our friends at Highway Heroes Rescue Transport Team set up a one day transport to get Jack from TN to VA. I don’t think Jack had ever been in a car because he was car sick during some of his transport.
By the time I met Jack (his second to the last ride), he was just a sweet happy go lucky guy that relaxed in the back of the DDR transport van and slept the entire way to Staunton VA. I had so much fun waking him up. I sat in the back and gave him a full body massage to wake him up. He sounded just like my Nitro, moaning and groaning with his little tail tapping on the back seat.
Delta – R.U.F.F. – Rescuing Unwanted Friendly Fidos – Brooksville, FL
My niece Sarah who lives in South Dakota reached out to me and said she had a friend with a deaf dog that needed rescue. She found the dog and when she found the dog it was very pregnant and they named her Delta. Delta appeared to be very young 10-12 months. She had healthy puppies and all the pups found good homes but the person who had the dog Marissa still needed a rescue to help Delta out. I reached out to our rescue warrior woman friend Isa Farnham who fosters deaf dogs for several special needs rescues and I asked Isa if she could help. Isa reached out to R.U.F.F.aka Rescuing Unwanted Friendly Fidos out of Brooksville, Florida and their team went and picked up Delta. Delta will be the recipient of our Deaf Dogs Rock Rocker Puppy sponsorship so she can go right to the vet, get all her vaccinations and get spayed so she never has to have another litter of puppies again. A big shout out to our donors who help us help deaf dogs like Delta, to Isa Farnam for finding a rescue except Delta into their program and also to Isa for fostering Delta. We have a network of amazing rescue warrior women who help deaf dog like Delta every single day. We feel truly blessed to work with such fierce and committed ladies.
SGT Pepper – Green Dogs Unleashed
When we heard about a deaf puppy with Freedom Ride Rescue we reached out to them and asked them to consider transferring the deaf puppy to a special needs rescue where the puppy could get some much needed training, be adopted out locally to a family who would commit to continue to go to special needs training classes for the puppy. We reached out to our friend Erika at Green Dogs Unleashed and asked her if she had room for Sgt. Pepper in her program. Thanks to Michelle and her directors with the other rescue, they transported Sgt. Pepper as soon as he was up to date on all his vaccinations. Now Sgt. Pepper will go into a very experienced foster home where he will be crate trained, potty trained and start his puppy classes and get him neutered, all to get him ready for his future home.
Abbey – The Mylo Foundation
When we heard from Raechel Rae of the Mylo Foundation about a deaf girl named Abbey who had been abused and was now in their care we knew we had to help. We offered a Deaf Dogs Rock Rocker Puppy sponsorship to cover her spaying when it was her time to be spayed so she could be adopted by a loving family.
Deaf Female Terrier Annie – Happy Tails Animal Rescue – OK
When Alicia Hargrove with the Spay Neuter Network who partners with the Dallas Animal Services reached out to Deaf Dogs Rock for help with a little deaf female terrier who need a rescue to help her, we were happy to help. Since the pup was at the Dallas Animal Services and we have a partner rescue in Oklahoma, we reached out to Moria with Happy Tails Animal Rescue to see if she could make room in her special needs rescue for deaf dog Annie. Not only did Moria make room but she also set up a transport to get Annie safely from Dallas to Ok. City OK. We so appreciate all the people who came together to help this little deaf girl. Deaf Dogs Rock is grateful to our supporters so when it comes time to help a deaf dog in need we can offer a rescue sponsorship to help with the rescues’s vetting costs. Annie will be going into foster care, start her sign training, get her vetting done and will soon be available for adoption through Happy Tails Animal Rescue.
Ethel and Petunia – White Diamond Double Merle Dane Rescue
Pictured above: Sweet Ethel is mostly blind and completely deaf. White Diamond Double Merle Dane rescue rescued her from a breeder in Louisiana. She was very sick when she cam into White Diamond DM Dane rescue but they got her to the vet right away and she is on the mend. Deaf Dogs Rock wants to help with her vetting so she can get healthy and spend time in her new foster to adopt home in New Jersey.
Pictured above: Sweet Petunia is a 1.5 year old Catahoula Leopard dog who is deaf and her breeder was going to euthanize her for being deaf and not being a product they could sell. She is very sweet and outgoing and a Good Samaritan took her in and reached out to White Diamond for help. Petunia is now under the White Diamond DM Dane Rescue umbrella and will receive the vetting she needs to become adoptable. She is great with kids and other dogs and she will be available for adoption once she is fully vetted. Thanks to our Deaf Dogs Rock supporters we can help both Ethel and Petunia get the vetting they need so they can be adopted. This also helps the rescue be able to financially commit to more deaf dogs in the future by taking some of the financial stress off of them so thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you who have donated to Deaf Dogs Rock to keep our Rocker Puppy Sponsorship program going.