March 13 - April 15 is National Deaf History Month and the Baltimore Humane Society would like to bring attention to the fact that there are also special needs pets that are deaf and in need of loving families. Our no-kill shelter rescues homeless dogs, cats, and rabbits and cares for them until they can find a permanent, loving home. We open our temporary refuge without discrimination, and that means we even have “special needs” pets.
Meet Lacey. Lacey is a white, female Pit/Dalmatian mix who is deaf. She’s a sweet girl who lived with children and cats in her previous home. Her owners also socialized her with other dogs.
So why did they give her up? Just like a special needs child, she requires extra attention. Her owners taught her some sign language for basic commands like sit, stay, and come, and Lacey, a smart girl had no trouble learning. However, the combination of needing some extra training attention and her very high energy level led her owners to give her up. As much as they loved her, they felt they couldn’t give her the time she deserved.
Deaf pets are just as intelligent as hearing pets. Deaf animals bark and meow and make all the regular sounds hearing pets do. They can be taught sign language commands and are fully trainable. The one big rule is that a deaf pet should never be allowed to roam freely outdoors unless it is in a securely fenced enclosure.
We would love to find Lacey a home that is willing to go the extra mile for a pet like her. Of course, experience with special needs dogs would make you an even better fit. If you or someone you know is able to help Lacey please contact Baltimore Humane Society. If you would like to help support our temporary care for Lacey, you can help by making a donation either on our Donation page or by texting the word “Paw” to 80000.
About the Baltimore Humane Society
The Baltimore Humane Society, founded in 1927 by Mrs. Elsie Seeger Barton, is an independent, non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, which offers low-cost veterinary care to the public, and a pet cemetery with grief support services. We receive no funding from the local or federal governments, or any national animal welfare organizations. The Baltimore Humane Society is a proud member of BAWA (Baltimore Animal Welfare Alliance) along with the MD SPCA, BARCS (Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter), and Baltimore City Animal Control. For more information about BHS, and how you can contribute, volunteer, adopt, or foster, please visit www.bmorehumane.org or call 410-833-8848, or text the word “PAW” to 80000 to donate $10.