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Families needed for deaf puppies

8:33 PM, Apr. 12, 2013  |  Comments
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Green Bay Animal Rescue is looking for families to adopt four puppies, three of which are deaf.

Baxter, Whisper, Derrie and Verna were originally rescued by Keshena Animal Help & Rescue, which enlisted the aid of GBAR to help foster and place the siblings. A 4-year-old male believed to be their father was also rescued.

The 8-month-old American bulldog mixes are currently each in foster homes, three of them with children, and are doing exceptionally well, said Lori Buresh of GBAR. Baxter, Whisper and Derrie are deaf; Verna is able to hear.

"They do not require much different care than any other dog would,'' she said. "They would do best in a home with another dog. They can follow the lead of the other dog. The other dog will also realize that the puppy is unable to hear and will help out the newcomer. These puppies do not feel sorry for themselves, and their new family should not feel sorry for them.''

Foster families are training the dogs using vibration collars, which, with the help of treats, get the dogs attention so they come to their owner and then can be given a hand signal for what is needed. By vibrating the collars, the dogs also know to come in from outside, because a whistle or shout won't work, Buresh said.

All the dogs are spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccines. For more information on the puppies, the adoption process and fees, go to www.greenbayanimalrescue.weebly.com.

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