Adoptable Deaf Dog Receives Grant for Sign Language Classes
Red, a 2-year-old Australian Cattledog mix originally came to Foothills Animal Shelter at the beginning of January. This petite girl has an extremely sweet personality, but unbeknownst to the staff at Foothills Animal Shelter, Red is also completely deaf.
Because Red’s special need was unknown and she is such a nice dog, she was adopted by a family almost immediately after arriving at the Shelter. Unfortunately, she was returned just four days later. The family that returned her observed that Red didn’t respond to noises when sleeping and would get very startled when she was woken up. They family didn’t have the resources needed for this special girl, so she was returned to the Shelter.
Now that Foothills Animal Shelter is aware of Red’s deafness, she is in need of a special home. In particular, Red will need a home where positive reinforcement training and sign language training is a priority. An owner who is willing to dedicate time to helping her learn hand signals is essential.
Luckily, thanks to the generosity of Cindy Lee and the Wags and Menace Make a Difference Foundation, Red and her new family will get the training they need. A special grant from the Wags and Menace Make a Difference Foundation will provide Red and her new family with sign language and hand signal classes from a certified trainer.
Red absolutely loves going on walks with the volunteers at Foothills Animal Shelter and will make a great companion dog for anyone willing to train her. Because she is deaf and gets startled so easily, she would do best in a home without kids or a lot of activity. She also may do best as the only dog in the home. The adoption fee for Red is $200 and includes her spay surgery, initial vaccinations, a microchip and a certificate for free veterinary office visit, in addition to the sign language classes funded by Cindy Lee and the Wags and Menace Make a Difference Foundation.
To learn more about how to adopt Red, visit call 303.278.7575.
To learn more about the Wags and Menace Make a Difference Foundation, visit www.wagsandmenace.org.
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