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Special Needs Pets Rescued At Baltimore Humane Society

Lacey , a deaf female dalmation/pit mix, has been rescued at the Baltimore Humane Society and is in need of a special home.

March 13 - April 15 is National Deaf History Month and the 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.

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Buzz Beeler April 02, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Not sure I would have used a photo of that breed. The last time this issue came up on this site regarding the attack on the little girl in my neighborhood, it created a firestorm on Patch. Saw a nasty scene yesterday involving two similar dogs attacking a smaller one of a different breed. With that said I'm leaving town, or at least this page.
Paul Dunetz April 03, 2012 at 12:52 AM
When will people learn that it's not the breed but the Humans who train the dog. Pits are the most loyal and sweetest dogs I have met.
Buzz Beeler April 03, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Paul, a couple of thoughts. A certain type of personality = a certain kind of animal = a certain type of result. This study is an interesting one. http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/dpp/news/are-pit-bulls-especially-violent-july-28-2010 A couple of words come to mind, instinct, genetics, and breed. Kinda like personalities, type A and so forth.
Susan Neilson April 03, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Buzz, In the spirit of sharing sites, feel free to peruse this one of facts. http://love-a-bull.org/resources/faq/ Lacey is a beauty, and was dealt a poor hand in life, not only because she is deaf, but because she resembles one of the most misunderstood, mistreated and overpopulated breeds of dog in the US today. She deserves to be judged as an individual, and I truly hope for a loving family for her to call her own. I find a little bit of knowledge goes a really long way, and prevents future misunderstanding and misinformation. Cheers and good luck to you.
Buzz Beeler April 03, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Susan, I understand what you are saying but in the real world we can't even judge or predict human behavior as we have seen time and again. How many times have we seen pets turn on their owners without a specific reason. I guess that is why they call them animals, including the two legged kind.

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