National Deaf Pet Awareness Week

Did you know that this week is National Deaf Pet Awareness Week?

 

The last full week in September of each year is the time to appreciate these loving and sometimes “less adoptable” animals. Do you have one yourself, or know any deaf pets? Are you ready to go adopt one today? Petfinder can help! They are so clever – forget calling up all of the local shelters and asking if they have any animals for you to adopt! Drop that phone book. Celebrate Deaf Pets Awareness Week by simply browsing the Petfinder list of deaf pets available here. You’re sure to fall for one and in turn, make your life a happier one with rich and rewarding experiences.

 

If you’re wondering what it’s like to live with a deaf dog –  they are often hard to tell apart from hearing dogs. They run, play, sniff, ride in cars, bark, sleep, eat and all of those other things hearing dogs do, just without hearing. (It may be just like when your hearing dog being called, but is ignoring you…never happens, right?)

 

Often, the bond between canines with hearing loss and their human(s) is stronger, as deaf dogs may rely more on their human for guidance and make eye contact more often while reading hand signals.

 

There are many resources out there to help you learn to communicate well with your deaf pet. The Deaf Dog Education Action Fund is a great place to start!