Nitro Lee - founding dog of Deaf Dogs Rock

If it were not for deaf boxer puppy Nitro, Deaf Dogs Rock would not exist.  His adoption by Christina and Chris Lee in 2010 introduced them to the world of deaf dogs and sparked an interest in helping other deaf dogs and their families.  This spark would spread throughout the world and grow to an active community of 65,000+ people who believe that Deaf Dogs Hear with Their Hearts.

Sadly Nitro passed away in November of 2018.  We should all strive to have the blessing of leaving behind a legacy as he did.

In Nitro’s honor, we have established Nitro’s Fund – a specific fund dedicated to supporting the needs of deaf boxers and their families.

Nitro was the ultimate ambassador for deaf dogs, and deaf boxers particularly.  While all breeds are special, for many the boxer holds a position near and dear to their heart.  Their spirit, playfulness, joy, and perpetual youth are precious.

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Dogs Helped by Nitro’s Fund – You Can Make a Difference!

Nitro’s Fund Helps Deaf Boxer Dixie

      When we heard about sweet 7 month old deaf boxer Dixie here in Virginia having some trouble finding a safe place to land, we reached out to our friends at Pink Heart Rescue in Indianapolis IN to see if they would take a 7 month old deaf boxer girl from Virginia so she wouldn't end up in the wrong hands. Thanks to Alyx and her team with Pink Heart Rescue and [...]

Nitro’s Fund Sponsors Deaf Boxer Casper into Rescue

Sweet Casper is now safely with Chelsea's Hope Boxer Rescue and is a recipient of Nitro's Fund to sponsor some of Casper's medical needs and vetting before he is available for adoption. Nitro's Fund was specifically set up in memory of our deaf boxer Nitro who started Deaf Dogs Rock. Nitro's Fund specifically sponsors deaf boxers into special needs partner rescues throughout the United States. If you have a boxer you would like [...]

Nitro’s Fund Helps Deaf Boxer Puppy Axl

Today was such a bittersweet rescue transport day for me. Twelve years after adopting my deaf boxer Nitro from the City of Salem Animal Shelter, Nitro's Fund sponsored into rescue deaf boxer puppy Axl from the City of Salem Animal Shelter. I got the pleasure of doing his rescue transport to our rescue partner Green Dogs Unleashed. It was an extremely cold winter day with the high of 23 degrees and very windy on [...]

Nitro’s Fund Helps Daisy

We have great news on Daisy. She will be going to Chelsea's Hope Boxer Rescue and will be sponsored into rescue by Nitro's Fund. Nitro's Fund was set up to help deaf boxers in need of rescue to ensure they get the best start to a new life. We appreciate working with Daisy's human to get her into a safe place where she can learn new things and work on her Separation Anxiety to [...]

Nitro’s Fund Helps Hercules

  Above: Hercules getting cared for at the vet clinic. Photos courtesy of Vegas Pet Rescue Project When we heard about deaf dog Hercules being used as a bait dog, we knew we had to help with his medical expenses. The one thing we worry all the time about is when people are rehoming their deaf dogs is that they might end up in the wrong hands and end up being used as bait [...]

Nitro’s Fund Helps Deaf Boxer Maximus

  When Deaf Dogs Rock received an urgent plea from Sheryl Joyce from Pet Pardon's about a 2 year old deaf boxer named Maximus at a OC Animal Shelter we jumped into gear to find help. Maximus was dumped at the shelter by his owner for fighting with the other dog in the home. Deaf Dogs Rock reached out to West Coast Boxer Rescue and offered a $300 rescue sponsorship through Nitro's Fund which [...]

Nitro’s Fund Sponsors Deaf Boxer Tyson into Rescue

Tyson is a 3-4 year old gorgeous deaf male boxer. Sweet Tyson has been in the same home since he was 6 weeks old but sadly, his mom passed away recently from COVID leaving behind several children and Tyson. The children are now living with their father but Tyson was left behind. He was left in the yard for several weeks. A kind neighbor looked after him daily bringing food and water. A family [...]

Nitro’s Fund Helps Kane in South Dakota

  When we saw Kane's sweet face we knew we had to help him. Kane is a 5 year old boxer who is heartworm positive and is a hurricane IDA survivor. He will need to start heartworm treatment and thank goodness he is now safely with 605 Boxer Rescue in Sioux Falls SD. Being that Kane just arrived in my home state of South Dakota and is now with a boxer rescue we have [...]

Nitro’s Fund Helps Deaf Boxer Pearl

Deaf Dogs Rock put out a rescue plea for deaf boxer Pearl in Kentucky and we are so thankful Chelsea's Hope Boxer Rescue in New Jersey raced to put a plan together to get her out of Kentucky and into their rescue. Pearl will be a recipient of a rescue sponsorship from Nitro's Fund that was specifically set up in memory or our deaf boxer Nitro to help other deaf shelter boxers into rescue. [...]

Nitro’s Fund Helps Jack

Poor sweet 10 month old deaf boxer Jack was at a Virginia shelter and unfortunately he did not get quality vetting from the shelter before he came into rescue. They neutered him and removed a lump in his leg. As soon as he arrived at our partner rescue Green Dogs Unleashed, he was rushed to their vet where he spent several days.  Jack is still having issues using his back leg but we hope [...]

Nitro’s Fund helps Isla

    When we heard from a young lady with a new human baby who had also gotten a new puppy, but wanted to rehome her 11 month old deaf boxer, we reached out to Erika with Green Dogs Unleashed to see if she had room in her awesome program for deaf boxer Isla. Erika made room for this sweet 11 month old deaf boxer girl. Above photo: Before Nitro passed away he was [...]

Nitro’s Fund Helps Deaf Boxer Callie

Sweet Callie was surrendered by a breeder when her family returned her for being deaf. Our friends at Green Dogs Unleashed took Callie is so she can go straight into foster care to learn new things, get her vetting done and find a loving forever home. Nitro's Fund will sponsor deaf boxer Callie so we can help Green Dogs Unleashed pay for her vetting. She is not available for adoption but if you live [...]

Nitro’s Fund Helps Deaf Boxer Ghost

When we saw handsome deaf boxer Ghost with Canine Castaways Rescue in Fountaintown IN, we were reminded of our own boxers Bud, Axl Blu and our Nitro so we knew we had to help him. We sponsored Ghost's vetting through Nitro's Fund to make sure he gets the vetting he needs before he goes to  his new home. Thanks to Canine Castaways Rescue for saving him, being his advocate and making sure he finds [...]

Nitro’s Fund helps Deaf Boxer Aspen from Maryland

Nitro's fund helps deaf young boxer girl Aspen. When we received Aspen's information we reached out to Aspen's caregiver to see if we could sponsor Aspen into our partner rescue here in Virginia Green Dogs Unleashed. Since Aspen is only 12 months old, I knew she could use some structure and additional training to set her up for success in her new home. She came from a home with small children and her owner [...]

Nitro’s Fund helps Deaf Boxer Griffin

When we heard from Griffin's human that she was losing her home and she needed help getting deaf boxer Griffin back to Green Dogs Unleashed we were eager to help her and Griffin. Griffin's human also drove to meet me for his transport to get him safely to Virginia. Thanks to GDU volunteer Sam who met me in Salem Virginia to volunteer his time on a Saturday to get Nitro safely back to GDU. [...]

Nitro’s Fund sponsors deaf boxer Sailor

We are starting 2021 off to a great start with helping deaf boxer Sailor. When we heard from our friends at the Deaf Dog Rescue of America in Southern California about a deaf boxer found as a stray coming from a shelter. We knew Nitro's Fund would be the perfect way to help deaf boxer Sailor so he could be neutered and find his loving forever home. Thanks to the Deaf Dog Rescue of [...]

Nitro’s Fund helps deaf boxer puppy Zeus

Photos courtesy of East Coast Boxer Rescue When we saw Zeus' story on the East Coast Boxer Rescue Facebook page we knew Deaf Dogs Rock would want to help. By donating $400 to Zeus' medical expenses from Nitro's Fund we hope to help Zeus and his rescue with his medical expenses. From East Coast Boxer Rescue: Zeus amazes us here at East Coast Boxer Rescue. Zeus has endured a life that no puppy should [...]

Nitro’s Fund Helps Frankie

When Frankie's owners in Kansas reached out to us for help for sweet 5 year old Frankie, we knew we had to get him here to Virginia into Green Dogs Unleashed. He is a wonderful 5 year old boxer who grew up with a two year old but when the second baby girl was born, she was highly allergic to Frankie. When they described Frankie's personality it reminded me so much of my sweet [...]

Nitro’s Fund Helps Deaf Boxer Puppy Truman

When we got a plea to help a woman who took in two deaf boxers puppies to keep them from being dumped at the shelter, we immediately reached out to Andrea with Speak For The Unspoken Rescue near Columbus Ohio to see if she had an open deaf boxer foster. Andrea not only made room for Truman but followed up to secure Truman for rescue and to get him safely into rescue. We let [...]

Quincy Gets Help From Nitro’s Fund

We are so thankful that The Phoenix Effect Death Row Rescue contacted Deaf Dogs Rock for additional information on training a deaf puppy because they would be pulling a deaf boxer puppy from a Midwest shelter. Little did they know that we have Nitro's Fund set up specifically to  help deaf boxers in need of rescue and rescue sponsorship. Above: Quincy's shelter photo   Photos above: Kellie Granfield-Barber picking up Quincy. She looks pretty [...]

Nitro’s Fund Helps Deaf Boxers Clyde and Aspen

Sweet 10 month old boxer puppy Clyde is our latest recipient of Nitro's Fund. He was sponsored into Do Over Dogs A Second Chance at Life Rescue  in Broomfield, CO. It was a very stressful three days to get sick puppy Clyde into the safe harbor of rescue and we are so thankful for these wonderful women who helped us help Clyde. How could anyone with a heart look at this sweet face and [...]

Nitro’s Fund Sponsors Three Boxers into Rescue

  Pinky, Otto and Sadie - North Texas Boxer Rescue - Cisco still is pending hearing testing. When we got word from our FB friend/deaf dog advocate Armando that there was another white boxer at a Texas shelter who needed to be rescued we were sure she was deaf when we saw her photo. She looks just like our unilaterally deaf puppy Axl Blu. When I sent Armando a message to see if the [...]

Nitro’s Fund helps deaf boxer puppy Lilly

When a person reached out to Deaf Dogs Rock to help her find a safe place for her six month old, deaf boxer puppy Lilly, we reached out to Green Dogs Unleashed rescue to see if they could make room for Lilly. Erika with GDU had an open foster family so Lilly was transported through our friends at Highway Heroes Rescue Transport Team. Lilly is sponsored in memory and by Nitro's Fund which is [...]

Harley Gets Help From Nitro’s Fund

Several weeks ago a vet clinic contacted us here at Deaf Dogs Rock to see if we could find a reputable rescue here in Virginia to help a little boxer girl named Harley. She was in boarding at their facility starting at 14 weeks of age. The previous person who had Harley never paid her vet bill or came to pick up her puppy so Harley was in limbo at the vet clinic for [...]

Boomer Gets Help From Nitro’s Fund

Sweet deaf boxer Boomer's caregiver passed away and we received several urgent message from our deaf dog advocates in Katy, Texas where Boomer was located. Deaf Dogs Rock put out a rescue sponsorship offer for Boomer and we are delighted to hear that the Austin Boxer Rescue took Boomer into rescue. Boomer will be sponsored in honor of our deaf boxer Nitro who passed away last November. Nitro would have adored Boomer and I [...]

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