Canine Companions Teams with The SF/SPCA to Provide Hearing Dogs

Canine Companions Teams with The SF/SPCA to Provide Hearing Dogs

Canine Companions for Independence® and The San Francisco SPCA (The SF/SPCA) have formed an alliance to work together on providing Hearing Dogs to those who are deaf or hard of hearing. The San Francisco SPCA has provided Hearing Dogs for many years. However, in order to focus its resources on its core mission of saving and protecting animals' lives, the Society will no longer be placing Hearing Dogs with new partners.

Canine Companions whose core mission is to serve people with disabilities, will accept applications from those individuals currently on the SF/SPCA Hearing Dog wait list.

Canine Companions CEO Corey Hudson said, "Providing Hearing Dogs is at the core of our mission, and we look forward to being able to serve more individuals with highly trained dogs to enhance their independence."

Canine Companions for Independence trains Hearing Dogs to recognize and respond to sounds, such as a doorbell, telephone, alarm clock, smoke alarm, or someone calling a name. The dogs alert their partners to these key sounds by making physical contact such as nudging the leg or arm.

"We are very pleased to have formed a working relationship with CCI, and are confident that the agency will successfully meet the needs of former SF/SPCA Hearing Dog Program applicants," said Jan McHugh-Smith, President of The SF/SPCA.

To learn more about Hearing Dogs, apply for a dog or learn how you can support the work of trained assistance dogs, contact us at 1-800-572-BARK.

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