Deaf Shelter Dog Finds a Home

Tundra, a 7-year-old American Pit Bull/Australian Cattledog mix, originally came to Foothills Animal Shelter at the end of January. When she arrived, the Shelter’s Veterinary Services team noticed that her ears were severely infected, likely due to neglect. The infections had presumably been untreated for years. Not only that, but she also had a large mass protruding from her neck.

“Tundra’s condition when she arrived at the Shelter was severe. In fact, her ears were untreated for so long that the infection had left her deaf,” says Dr. Emily Hays, the Shelter’s Chief Veterinarian. “Through a series of intensive surgeries, we realized the mass was actually due to drainage from her infected ears. We ended up removing the mass and both of her ear canals. Unfortunately, this was the only way for us to get rid of the infection and for her to fully recover.”

Thankfully, after spending several months in a foster home, Tundra was fully healed and ready to find a permanent home. Luckily, she was spotted by Kris M. and he immediately decided to take her home. Tundra’s new family includes two kids that she loves, and a family who is going to continue teach her hand signals to help with her deafness. We couldn’t be happier that Tundra found her forever home!

Click here to see a video of Tundra.


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