Hearing dogs for Deaf People provide training for dogs to alert deaf people to sounds and signals at work, in public and at home.
The charity was founded by Dr Bruce Fogle in 1982 and had been providing help to deaf communities for 30 years. During this time, they have trained more than 1,700 hearing dogs!
The organisation’s dogs wear burgundy jackets in order to represent their owner’s deafness physically. For deaf people, having a dog’s company can help increase their confidence and can reduce isolation when managing tasks that are necessary for daily life.
Facts about Hearing Dogs for Deaf People:
- Hearing dogs are provided for free
- The charity is not supported by government funding and relies solely on donations from individuals, companies, and other organisations.
- Each dog is trained specifically to the needs of the deaf person to whom these dogs have been matched.
- Training of hearing dogs requires a large amount of funding, with costs exceeding £40,000
- The training of a puppy can take up to 12 to 14 months
- Hearing Dogs for Deaf People was launched as a charity at the Crufts dog show in 1982
How you can help:
In order to help change the life of a deaf person, take part in fundraising activities and really make a difference! You can also be a part of Hearing Dogs for Deaf people’s activities by volunteering, including taking care of dogs while training at your home.
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