Shelter homes label dogs as “unadoptable” for several reasons. These include senior dogs with special needs, and dogs with disabilities, to name a few. The reason behind this is that only a tiny group of people expresses their desire to take these types of dogs home with them. “Unadoptable” dogs require extra care and attention, and most people tend to shy away from that.
What most people don’t know is that these seemingly undesirable dogs have lots to offer. Take Ghost, for example. Ghost is a deaf Pit Bull mix that has carried the label “unadoptable” most of his life. A life that was spent mostly in a Florida shelter.
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Because no one was adopting Ghost, he was almost scheduled for euthanasia. But a Florida-based animal rescue organization named Swamp Haven heard about him and took him out of the shelter. Ghost was brought to a temporary home along with other undesired dogs but not for long.
The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society was producing a training program for deaf dogs, and Swamp Haven called them to see if Ghost could join the program. And lucky for him, he got approved. Now they needed to find a way to transport Ghost from Florida to Washington. It took 12 weeks, but they were able to organize 48 drivers that would take Ghost on the long journey.
Staff at the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society noticed early on that Ghost was a highly energetic dog. Such dogs are great candidates for the K9 corps. They also noticed that being deaf made Ghost even more focused on his tasks. So they started training Ghost in drug detection.
They first had to develop a special hand signal system to communicate with Ghost. Once they have the means to “talk” to the dog, they started the official training. Ghost passed with flying colors. He is now known officially as the first deaf K9 member in Washington.
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