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International Hearing Dog, Inc.: Grant Report

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Funds from Petfinder Foundation were utilized to support the costs of running our Hearing Dog training program and general care for the dogs in our training facility. With many people on the waiting list for a hearing dog, every dollar is important to increase the number of placements and provide care to the dogs while they are in training. Our facility currently has 25 “residents in training” on a full-time basis and support from the Petfinder Foundation helped provide the needed food, vet/medical care, grooming, treats, and supplies for these dogs.

With a full list of applicants from across the country waiting for their own new helpers, adequate finances for training and placements are always at the forefront of our fund-raising efforts. With your support, in Fiscal Year 2018-2019, International Hearing Dog, Inc. placed 22 certified Hearing Dogs with recipients across the country who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing. To date in 2019, we’ve placed 16 additional Hearing Dogs into loving homes. After lots of hard work and training, these special pups go on to become the “ears’ for their Deaf or hearing-impaired partners helping them live independently in a safe and secure home environment. Your $500 gift helped enable International Hearing Dog to continue to provide its professionally trained dogs at no cost to recipients.

How many pets did this grant help?

25 (On average, IHDI houses 25 dogs at its facility at any given time)

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Our Director of Placements recently placed one of our certified Hearing Dogs with a recipient in Illinois. The recipient, Jodi, was born Deaf and previously had a certified Hearing Dog through IHDI that recently passed away. Jodi was matched with Hearing Dog Crouton. In training, Crouton learned basic sound awareness (phone, doorbell and knock, smoke alarm, alarm clock, and baby cry), as well as general obedience and socialization skills. Crouton did great with both his sound training and socialization training and he’s already proven to be a great fit for Jodi’s needs. Having a dog that will alert her to the phone, doorbell/knock, smoke alarm, alarm clock, baby cry, and other common sounds in the home opens the doors of independence, awareness, and safety for Jodi. Additionally, as only dogs from animal shelters or rescue groups are selected for this special program, Crouton now has a second chance at a loving home where he is wanted, needed, and loved.