Can you give these totally deaf puppies a home?

PUBLISHED: 10:53 24 March 2016 | UPDATED: 10:53 24 March 2016

Aero, Wispa and Kinder are looking for a new home this Easter. Picture: Tom Teegan

Aero, Wispa and Kinder are looking for a new home this Easter. Picture: Tom Teegan

Tom Teegan

Ilfracombe Dogs Trust is trying to find a new home for this adorable trio of puppies who are totally deaf.

A litter of puppies who are totally deaf are looking for a brand new loving home this Easter.

Aero, Wispa and Kinder arrived at Dogs Trust Easter after being part of an unwanted litter.

The collie puppies, two boys and one girl, were born completely deaf, which is not uncommon in white dogs.

Sadly this often results in many puppies such as these ending up in rescue centres or abandoned when breeders are unable to sell or find homes for them.

While they may not have their hearing, this terrific trio certainly aren’t lacking when it comes to their personalities.

They are a happy, playful bunch and have already become firm favourites with staff who have been caring for them round-the-clock as they help get them used to their surroundings.

The loveable pups are now ready to find adoring families of their own and are looking for owners who understand the training involved in teaching a deaf puppy.

Elise Watson, rehoming centre manager at Dogs Trust Ilfracombe, said: “Our Easter puppies are such super characters who have made so many friends here at the rehoming centre– they are just like any other playful, happy puppies and I know they will make fantastic pets for loving owners willing to devote the time and patience needed to carry out their training.

“The full support of our behaviour team will be given to their new families to help train them to learn sign language to ensure they are able to become family members just like any other dog.

“We really hope that they will not be overlooked just because they are deaf as they are such sweet little characters who would make very rewarding pets in the right homes.”

Tom Candy, training and behaviour advisor at Dogs Trust Ilfracombe added: “When training deaf dogs, we use the same hand signals used to guide hearing dogs.

“The main difference is we have to be a bit more inventive when it comes to gaining their attention but by using reward based methods it is perfectly possible to train a deaf dog to respond to numerous commands.

“It would be very beneficial for the pups to learn from another good natured dog who could teach them how to behave.

This affectionate threesome can live with young children and would suit an active home with calm, patient owners who have the energy to keep up with their boundless enthusiasm.”

If you would like to offer a home to Kinder, Wispa, Aero or any of the wonderful dogs cared for at Dogs Trust Ilfracombe, call the Rehoming Centre directly on 0300 303 0292 or visit www.dogstrust.org.uk

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