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Many more people are now turning to adoptions when looking for their four legged addition to their family. But there are a groups of dogs that tend to get overlooked at the shelters and rescues through no fault of their own, one of those groups are deaf and special needs dogs.

Our friends at Hear No Evil – Deaf Dog Rescue recently announced that they are full and are over their maximum capacity.

Hear No Evil (HNE) is a foster care based rescue, which means they do not have a shelter or kennels, all their dogs go into home environments where they are exposed to the day to day experiences of family life.

Right now their carers and their resources are stretched to the limit.

HNE take in all breeds, all ages, all conditions, and they treat each dog care by case, but they can only do as much as their current resources allow.

This sometimes means there is an extended waiting period before certain dogs can be placed into foster care due to lack of appropriate housing, funds or experienced handlers for the behaviour issues involved.

There is no denying, it can be challenging fostering a deaf or special needs dog, Many deaf dogs are surrendered because people think they are too “difficult to train” as they can’t hear, as a result, many of them have behavioural and obedience issues. But with foster parents willing to open their home and heart to a deaf dog and the support and training provided by our volunteers, you will be amazed at what these rejected dogs can actually accomplish.

As a foster parent you will be expected to:

  • Have a loving attitude towards animals.
  • Provide a safe, comfortable and healthy environment. A yard check will be conducted to ensure the safety and security of potential foster dogs.
  • Supply adequate bedding, food and water.
  • Commit to exercising and socialising your foster dog in such a way that creates a positive and well tempered dog.
  • Provide basic training such as sit, stay, down as well as some house manners like not jumping up on visitors, all the things that will help our deaf dogs get adopted quicker.
  • Be available from time to time, to bring your foster dog to events and activities, including adoption days where dogs are brought out for public viewing.
  • Provide updates and photos of your foster dog that will be used to create a profile of your foster dog.

If you would like to become a foster carer for a dog in need please CONTACT HNE RESCUE

They are spread out throughout the country and need volunteers in all areas.

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It can get very expensive running a rescue organisation. Besides the cost of routine care, many of their rescue dogs require behavioural assessments, training and medical treatment all of which can be very costly.

Then there is the cost of transporting dogs from shelters to foster carers, the desexing and micro chipping, leads, training, flea treatments and unexpected veterinary visits, the costs mount up quickly.

Without your generous support they just wouldn’t be able to save and re-home as many deaf and special need dogs as they do.

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