Hear No Evil - Australian Deaf Dog Rescue was founded in Townsville in 2014. We are Australia’s first and only deaf-specific rescue service. Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome deaf (and special needs) dogs. Hear No Evil are a legitimate and ethical rescue, with a case-by-case approach to each dog and situation. We offer support and advice to those who own a deaf dog including dogs that have been rehomed through our rescue. Hear No Evil are most often the last hope for a safe and happy life for dogs with disabilities, therefore the sense of urgency is often magnified.
Many dogs that come though the service are genetically deaf due to the double merle gene. This gene can cause serious birth defects in dogs including deafness, blindness and neurological issues such as Canine Compulsive Disorder (CCD).
The merle gene is a dominant gene which dilutes random sections of the coat to a lighter colour (usually grey in a black-pigmented dog), leaving patches of the original colour.
Due to this being a dominant gene, when dogs carrying this gene (M) are bred with another dog with the merle (M) or double merle (MM) gene, each pup carries a 25% chance of being born as double merle dogs.
Dogs born deaf, whether from illness, genetic breeder error or a lack of education from owners, regularly arrive in care as misunderstood miscreants that in most cases have been abused, mistreated, disposed or abandoned.
Deaf dogs are still routinely labelled as undesirable and owners are recommended by professionals to euthanise their beloved new pet upon diagnosis. In many shelters and pounds these dogs are expected to undertake the same behavioural assessment as hearing dogs with little to no consideration of their visual communication needs, with many failing the set criteria and often euthanized.
Hear No Evil considers euthanasia as a last resort for these otherwise healthy dogs. What people tend to forget is that they are essentially still dogs and by a simple change in mindset and some hand gestures, these dogs can thrive and, in some cases, out do their hearing counterparts. It is a well-known fact that hearing dogs respond to visual gestures and body language from their owners before the verbal command so extending this to deaf dogs is not as big a change as people think. By ensuring consistency in your gestures and hand signals, these dogs learn to identify and respond to the command.
If you or someone you know has a deaf dog and require further information, feel free to visit us on deafdogrescue.com.au or email as at [email protected]