Meet adoptable deaf 1.5 year old Thumper who is looking for a loving forever home with someone who will cherish him, make daily positive reinforcement sign training/socialization/enrichment a priority and always keep him safe.




From his advocate

I volunteer at our local shelter in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. A couple of years ago we had a very handsome American bulldog who was deaf at the shelter. He sat and sat and sat there with no interest. He was finally adopted by a dad who was deaf also. The family also has a German Shepherd.

Thumper is a big happy boy who needs some training. Weighing in at 118 pounds, he was too much for the German Shepherd, so the dad gave him to the oldest teenage girl who is also deaf. She has worked quite a bit with him and has done her very best, but she was only 16 years old and trying to learn how to train a dog for the first time. This girl has just graduated from high school and is going to college out of state and is needing to rehome Thumper before she leaves for school in August.

She made a Facebook post and I noticed someone commented that she should just let the dog go free outside because dogs like that sort of thing. I reached out to her and offered to help see if I could do some networking to find him a more suitable home. She was very appreciative and loves Thumper and wants him to get a good home.

Sadly, if she returns him to the shelter, he will likely be euthanized as the shelter is over capacity right now, and they know how long he sat there before, and they will not consider him adoptable with his disability and size. The shelter actually has another deaf dog there right now that was taken by another rescue, but then returned after they could not get him adopted. The rescue did work quite extensively with him, the other dogs name is Chappy, and Chappy has much better training than Thumper has and he has even been sitting there now for quite some time. I do work with another bully breed rescue in Sioux Falls that has actually just taken a third deaf dog from our local shelter. The rescue here has said they would take Thumper, but they do not have a foster home for him and there are many dogs ahead of him on the waiting list.

He is such a good dog and has a ton of potential and he has never had one single bad day in his whole life! He loves everything! He lives life with enthusiasm and happiness! I would really appreciate any help that you could give Thumper! He has continuously found himself in tough situations, and he deserves a break.

Please let me know if there is any other information I can provide you. This guy is special and if I already didn’t have three resident dogs and three foster pit bulls, I would try to take him myself.

Many thanks! Tiffany


PS: Thumper’s adoption fee is $200 to a screened and approved home only. You must live within 3-4 hour drive of Sioux Falls to be considered for adoption so you can meet him in person first. If you are interested in adopting Thumper, please email his advocate Tiffany so she can send you a blank adoption application to fill out to be considered for adoption at: