Dog Returned to Shelter Because She Is Deaf Receives Gift of Sign Language Training

A deaf two-year-old Australian cattle dog mix named Red will soon be learning sign language after an adventure on the street, in a home, and in a shelter.

You see, nobody realized Red was deaf when she was rescued off the streets and delivered to the Foothills Animal Shelter in Golden, Colorado. She was quickly adopted – but her triumph was short-lived when her adopted family found out about her hearing problem.

Well, things are again looking up for Red. She received a generous 1,000 grant from the Wags and Menace Make a Difference Foundation, which will pay for her to attend sign language lessons.

 Thanks to the grant, both she and the special family who adopts her will learn positive reinforcement techniques and hand signals from a certified trainer, which will allow her to lead a normal, happy life with a family who can devote the time to taking great care of her.

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