Hear! Hear!

It’s important to eliminate the stigma surrounding deaf dogs. They make great pets. In fact, there are many benefits to owning a deaf dog, including the fact that noises aren’t a distraction to them and fireworks, thunder and ambulances won’t send them hiding under the bed.
Words by Casey “The Dachshund” Lindsey | March 30, 2021 | Lifestyle


This darling Southern belle from South Carolina is super sweet, mellow and kid-friendly. Though she’s only 2 years old, this 43 lb. Foxhound is deaf and would do best living in a home with a human that can spend lots of time with her. She’s looking for an affectionate family to care for her and love her the way she deserves to be loved;

“I require a home where someone understands me and my special needs. In return, I offer boundless love and endless devotion!’

Active, smile and happy purebred labrador retriever dog outdoors in grass park on sunny summer day.

Right Choice

Dogs can provide companionship and unconditional love but deciding whether to get one and what kind should be a thoughtful process. Start by considering the most practical of concerns. If you’re renting your home, are you allowed to have a dog? And if you’re planning on moving, does the new place allow pets? Investigate the costs associated with owning a pet, like regular vet visits, food and toys, as well as unexpected emergency vet visits for accidents or illness. Once you are able to make a commitment in terms of space and financial resources, analyze your current lifestyle to increase the likelihood of a compatible match. If you are laid-back, consider a breed with lower energy, or a senior dog that will provide companionship without hours of enrichment and exercise. If you’re an active person, an energetic dog can be the perfect running buddy. With a plan in mind, you’ll be more than ready for that 10+ year commitment. Exploring nearby rescue organizations online is a great place to start. You would be giving a dog a second chance, and in many instances saving a life. If you’re set on a specific hard-to-find breed, you might decide to seek out a trustworthy breeder. Search online for valuable tips to avoid puppy mills and disreputable breeders.


› Carol Caridad is the Founder & Executive Director of Paws4You Rescue. For the last 13 years, she has been the face of Paws4You, a cause she founded because she saw a desperate need in the community to save dogs from abandonment and euthanasia;