Meet adoptable deaf red heeler puppy Rusty who is looking for a loving home with someone who will cherish him, make training/socialization a priority, provide structure (heelers do much better with Nothing In Life Is Free Training so they don’t become so territorial over their people) and someone who will always keep him safe.


From his advocate: Rusty was found along side the highway as a stray. He is a happy, loving puppy who is very attached to his person. He has been cared for and housed at my Veterinary clinic where I am employed as a Veterinary Technician. Our staff is truly in love with with his sweet personality. We didn’t realize he was deaf until a few days after we had him (it explained a lot!).


We have taken turns bringing him home with our families and pets. He loves kids but may need some extra training and socializing when it comes to other dogs. He is fine for a few but then gets protective of his person.


I have been told the snarkiness is a trait of heelers as well as a deaf dog unfamiliar with his environment. We have been working with him on basic commands but will need more specialized training. He is very smart, active and loves to play with toys. We would like him to go to a home with someone familiar with deaf dogs or who is willing to get the proper training. Rusty is micro chipped and up to date on vaccines and has been neutered as of October 7th.