Foundation Gives $1,000 Grant to Teach Dog Returned to Shelter Due to Deafness Sign Language


When Red arrived at the Foothills Animal Shelter in Golden, Colorado, no one noticed that Red was deaf.  She was quickly adopted from the shelter, but the family had brought her back once they found out she was hard of hearing.  Now, Red will be taught sign language, and it’s all thanks to the Wags and Menace Make a Difference Foundation and the $1,000 grant they provided for her training.

“After a couple of days, they realized whenever she was sleeping she wouldn’t wake up when they would clap their hands or make any noises,” said shelter spokeswoman Jessi Burns.  “Red would not have had a chance without the grant at all.”

According to a post made to the shelter’s Facebook page:

“She is in need of a special home where positive reinforcement training and sign language training is a priority,” it says.  “Luckily, thanks to the generosity of Cindy A. Lee and the Wags and Menace Make a Difference Program Foundation, Red and her new family will get the training they need.”

Anyone looking to adopt will have the opportunity to train along with Red, so they would be taking hand signal classes together.  The shelter has also advised that because Red can be easily startled, she would probably do best in a home without any small children, and she would most likely do best as an only dog.

Red’s adoption fee is $200, and that includes spay surgery, initial vaccinations, a microchip id tag, and a certificate for a free vet office visit.  If you are interested, you can call the shelter directly at 303-278-7575, or you can click here for their Facebook page, or here for their homepage.