International Hearing Dog, Inc. Announces 1300th Hearing Dog Placement
Hearing Dog, Scruffy, to be placed in Wichita Falls, Texas in September
Denver, Colo. – International Hearing Dog, Inc. announced that Hearing Dog Scruffy will be the 1300th Hearing Dog placed by the organization over 38 years.
Scruffy was rescued from a high kill shelter in New Mexico in late September 2016. He was chosen to be a service Hearing Dog because of his energetic, outgoing personality, friendly demeanor, and eagerness to please his human companion.
Scruffy’s home as a working Hearing Dog will be in Wichita Falls, Texas with his recipient, Jackie. He flies out of Denver with Director of Training and Placements Andrea Paul on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. Andrea will spend three days with Scruffy and Jackie in Jackie’s home and in public helping them practice sounds, get to know one another, and become a team.
Jackie qualifies for a Hearing Dog due to profound hearing loss since birth. She is completely deaf on one side, which impacts her balance, and can make determining the source of sounds difficult. Her son is her main helper for alerting to sources of sounds but will be attending college soon.
“I’m incredibly excited to welcome Scruffy into my life and am thankful to International Hearing Dog for this opportunity. I believe the Hearing Dog will make my whole life a lot easier and better,” said Jackie.
“Every dog placed with a deaf or hard-of-hearing recipient is an exciting moment. Scruffy’s placement as number 1300 is a testament to the safety and peace-of-mind the dogs give to their recipients,” states Executive Director Valerie Foss-Brugger.
Each dog is cared for and practices sound work at the International Hearing Dog training facility in Denver, CO. After almost a year of training, Scruffy is able to alert Jackie to the sounds of a telephone, door bell, and smoke alarm. Scruffy was also trained and socialized to be skilled and professional in any public situation with his hearing impaired partner.
Established as a 501(c)(3) in 1979, International Hearing Dog, Inc. has placed dogs in all 50 states and Canada. All of the Hearing Dogs are rescued shelter dogs. They are placed free of charge with their recipients. Each dog costs $10,000 to care for, train, and place. IHDI is funded by individuals, service clubs, and foundations. International Hearing Dog, Inc. wants everyone that could benefit from a Hearing Dog to have one, regardless of barriers.
About International Hearing Dog, Inc.
More than 20 percent of Americans experience hearing loss, which can be lonely, frustrating, and even dangerous. We believe the most successful way to support social ties, independence, and safety for people who are hearing impaired is through Hearing Dogs. After completion of a four-year pilot project in the 1970s with a variety of dog breeds and the deaf community, it was confirmed dogs do make excellent companions and assistants for people with hearing loss. Since that project, International Hearing Dog, Inc. has placed 1300 dogs through all 50 United States and Canada and helped start Hearing Dog programs in Norway, Japan, and Australia. Please visit www.hearingdog.org for more information about getting involved, making a donation, or applying for a dog.