eet Our own deaf
Dane  Ambassador

Because of the passage of Oregon SB 6 today (7/6/13), effective immediately, DDRI is no longer accepting any dogs. Unless the legislature can be made to see what a mistake this bill is, over the next few months we will likely be shutting our doors and may well be moving out of state. Our home is not a commercial facility and we are unwilling to comply with the unconstitutional search and seizure provisions of this seriously flawed bill. While we have gladly given of our time and resources for the last 12 years, and would have continued to do so until we were physically unable, we will not allow the government free access to our bedrooms and bathrooms in order to continue our rescue work, which is exactly what this bill demands. If you think "not in America," think again. And when you have to put a dog to sleep because there is no space in rescue, thank the HSUS and OHS (Oregon Humane Society) who sponsored and backed this bill, the Democrats who passed this bill as quickly and quietly as they could, lest people start to look too closely at it, and Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) who rubber stamped it into law without listening to the concerns of those who know rescue best. Rescues, and in fact anyone who had any concerns about this bill, were strategically excluded from giving any input at all stages of the process. In a letter supporting SB 6 to the Senate Judiciary Committee Chair, OHS Executive Director Sharon Harmon says SB 6 is needed to curb the "profit driven practice" of rescue, likening us to "the drug trade." She claims that for the most part, rescue is a "cash business" where people realize "a large payoff for very little expense."  But the reality is rescues are a money-losing proposition. Most of us keep dumping money into our rescues and working ridiculously long hours for no pay whatsoever. On the other hand, Sharon and her husband (who also works at OHS) gross over $300,000 a year in wages and compensation from OHS. So in reality, just who is profiting like a drug dealer from these homeless animals?

Danes Currently in the DDRI Program

On Hold
These dogs are not yet ready for placement for one reason or another,
but we are taking applications and they may be available at any time

Dogs that are deaf or hearing impaired have a D after their name
Dogs that are blind or vision impaired have a B after their name


"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but
because of those who look on and do nothing."  - Albert Einstein
Available Now  

Dogs that are deaf or hearing impaired have a D after their name
Dogs that are blind or vision impaired have a B after their name


Coming Soon


Adoptions Pending


Sanctuary dogs

Dogs that are deaf or hearing impaired have a D after their name
Dogs that are blind or vision impaired have a B after their name

  Lewis     Derrick   Buddy DB 
Most dogs in the sanctuary program are "too old," are simply difficult dogs to place, or have special needs above and beyond what some adopters can handle. Most Sanctuary Dogs are available for adoption, but generally they are only suitable for experienced or uniquely qualified adopters. Most, though not all of them, will require a dedicated and/or experienced adopter.

Now and then a Sanctuary dog will not be adoptable at all, but their problems are not severe enough to warrant having them put to sleep. We encourage people to consider sponsoring them, as this helps us save other dogs.

We will do everything in our power to give all dogs in our Sanctuary program a safe loving home for as long as they live, be it here with us or with one of our volunteers.  If you are interested in adopting or sponsoring one of these dogs, please don't hesitate to contact us.


Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.

Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me
the things you would have me do.

Speak to me often, for your "voice" is the world’s sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footsteps fall upon my waiting eye.

When it is cold and wet, please take me inside, for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements.  And I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth.   Though had you no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land, for you are my god and I am your devoted worshiper.

Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst.  Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life should your life be in danger.

And, beloved master, should the great Master see fit to deprive me of my health, do not turn me away from you.   Rather hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest - and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands.


* JoJo * Connor  * Delilah *
* Milo *  OttoDomino * Tillie  * Hailey * Duke * Woody * Kayla * Lilly  * 
Glenna * Barron * Chance * Lady * Hennessy * Appollos * Snow *
* JaJa *
Casper * Seraphina  * MadisonMagnum *
* Daisy * Toby * Todd * Ben * Xander *
Tug *
Chance becomes Certified Service Dog!
Brutus  * Dixie *  Diva  *  Max  *  Lambchop  * Braille
*  Hector  *  Bones  *  Guin  *  Gandalf   * Jacques
*   Ryoko  * Princess  * Stella * Snowflake
Wonder * Brawley
  *  Piper  * Ginger  *  Sierra  *
Annie  *  Grace  *
  * Lilly * 
  Drake  *
Zeus  * Hercules  * Grace * Sky * Cleo  * Clementine * Bo *
* Marsh Mellow * Jethro * Duke * Sheba *
Monty * Orso * Diva * Malcolm * Rave Tari * PinBall * Rocky *
* Haggard * Lannie * Abby * Aspen * Icey * Little Stevie *
Special Ed * Magnum * Caliber * Penny * Magoo * Titus * Ice  * Rosie *
Pearl *
Spike * Titus * Emily * Vella * Lokai  *
*  Drake * BabyGirl * Martin * Tika * Sugar * Grant

* Cecily * Cleo *


Our Top Pet Peeves

Is the HSUS (Human Society of the US) a Humane Society? Are they connected with the Humane Society in my home town? Are they really trying to help pets?
No, No, and No. Read on and see for yourself.

 "The Humane Society of the Untied States (HSUS) does not operate a single animal shelter in America or anywhere else. That's right, not one. Makes you wonder how many people send them money thinking they were the local animal shelter."
--Wayne Cavanaugh (President of the United Kennel Club)

"It’s time to stop the slaughter of adoptable pets by the nation’s shelters, to stop supporting groups like the Humane Society of the United States that do nothing but institutionalize and bureaucratize the status quo and use it raise money, lots and lots of money."
--Gina Spadafori (Pet Connection)

"Human care (of animals) is simply sentimental, sympathetic patronage."
--Dr. Michael W. Fox (Humane Society of the United States, in 1988 Newsweek interview).

"The life of an ant and the life of my child should be accorded equal respect." 
--Dr. Michael W. Fox (Humane Society of the United States)

"Surprisingly, some people still believe that HSUS helps animals by operating and/or supporting animal shelters when in reality that is not the case."

"In 2003, in revenue, additions and transfers, HSUS made $76,923,670. Of that amount, sheltering programs received $10,551,527 and it was shared with animal habitat and wildlife programs. Now, assuming it was an even split, sheltering programs received $3,517,175.66."

"That's a lot of money, but not when you consider a good sized shelter can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to run, three million is really a drop in the bucket. They spent $21,145,769.00 in fundraising and membership development. Six times what they put into their shelter programs, which is what most people think HSUS does with money donated to them."
--North Carolina Responsible Animal Owners Alliance

"I'm not sure what they spent the money on for their shelter programs, but I will assure you they didn't fund any shelters. In fact, they charge shelters and Animal Control offices for their assistance and instructional material. I have been able to find little and or nothing HSUS doesn't charge for when it comes to helping a shelter and their educational programs."
--Christopher Aust (The Natural Cooperative Training System)

"Former President John Hoyt once instructed his members on becoming more humane: "We begin, I suggest, by living more simply, more sparingly." Let's see how he did. He made around $200,000.00 in the late 1980's running HSUS. In 1986, HSUS bought his house in Maryland for $310,000 and allowed him and his family to live there, free of rent, until 1992. When he retired as CEO, HSUS gave him a $1,000,000.00 bonus."

"Paul Irwin, another former President, while making $300,000.00 from HSUS, was given an $85,000.00 interest free loan to renovate his cabin in Maine. The cabin was held in trust by HSUS, however his family continued to use it until he died. This is just the tip of the iceberg."
--Christopher Aust (The Natural Cooperative Training System)

"While HSUS will admit they don't run or fund any shelters, you usually find it at the bottom of the page or tucked away somewhere near the end of a statement. As I mentioned before, they don't put their money where their mouth is. Get this … In 1995, when the Washington DC animal shelter was going to have to close due to a budget shortfall, HSUS (based in DC) offered to build and operate a DC shelter at its own expense to serve as a national model. There were, of course, conditions."

"HSUS wanted the city to give it 3-5 acres of land and tax exempt status for all of its real estate holdings in the District of Columbia. (Remember, they buy some executives homes to live in among other property holdings.)"

"The DC government offered a long-term lease but HSUS refused to proceed unless it would "own absolutely" the land. The district declined, and the only HSUS funded animal shelter never materialized."

"HSUS, who makes and has enough money to fund a shelter in every state, as well as subsidize spay/neuter programs, declined to help the dogs in its own back yard. Why?"
--Christopher Aust (The Natural Cooperative Training System)
"We have no problem with the extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of human selective breeding."
--Wayne Pacelle (President & CEO HSUS)

Is PETA really looking out for the welfare of our Pets?
"An official report from People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), submitted nine months after a Virginia government agency's deadline, shows that the animal rights group put to death more than 97 percent of the dogs, cats, and other pets it took in for adoption in 2006."

"'PETA raised over $30 million last year,' Martosko added, 'and it's using that money to kill the only flesh-and-blood animals its employees actually see. The scale of PETA's hypocrisy is simply staggering.'"

"The cat, like the dog, must disappear... We should cut the domestic animals free from our dominance by neutering, neutering and more neutering, until our pathetic version of the domestic pet ceases to exist."
--John Bryant (PETA)

"Let us allow the dog to disappear from our brick and concrete jungles--from our firesides, from the leather nooses and chains by which we enslave it."
--John Bryant (PETA)

"In a perfect world, all other than human animals would be free of human interference, and dogs and cats would be part of the ecological scheme."
--PETA's Statement on Companion Animals.

"Pet ownership is an absolutely abysmal situation brought about by human manipulation."
-- Ingrid Newkirk (national director of PETA)

"As the surplus of cats and dogs (artificially engineered by centuries of forced breeding) declined, eventually companion animals would be phased out, and we would return to a more symbiotic relationship--enjoyment at a distance."
-- Ingrid Newkirk (national director of PETA)

"We are not in the home finding business, although it is certainly true that we do find homes from time to time for the kind of animals people are looking for. Our service is to provide a peaceful and painless death to animals who no one wants."
-- Ingrid Newkirk, PETA President, The Virginian-Pilot, July 20, 2005

"Every woman ensconced in fur should endure a rape so vicious that it scars them forever."
-  Gary Yourofsky, convicted felon and "humane education lecturer" employed by PETA

Is the ASPCA really a national organization? Is it helping animals in your area?
 "The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) does operate a shelter and an animal hospital - they are both in New York City. That's it, a New York City shelter only. It is a highly regarded shelter, but New York clearly isn't the nationwide shelter list some people think of when they think of the ASPCA."
--Wayne Cavanaugh (President of the United Kennel Club)

"The ASPCA’s name is a little misleading.  Because the organization employs the word 'American' in its title, it implies a national scope that doesn’t exist.  At least not when it comes to the direct rescue of animals and the prosecution of those who mistreat them.  In such cases its efforts are limited to the New York City area, where the organization is based."

"... when it comes to physical rescue – the taking in of abused, abandoned, and neglected animals (the act portrayed in the commercial) and placing them into suitable homes – the ASPCA would today be better named the NYSPCA.  That is because its direct-rescue effort (as well as its prosecution of abusers) is confined to New York."
--Mike Murray

When you see those wonderful, tearjerker ads on TV for he ASPCA, you think a donation to the ASPCA will help pets and SPCA's nationwide. The simple fact is that just isn't true. The only direct care dollars the ASPCA spends are for the shelter and hospital they run in New York. They do not fund any other shelters and they never have. Their commercials and their website are intentionally misleading. They grab you by the heart and get you to donate to help needy animals. They simply neglect to mention that the only animals that will benefit directly from your donation are those in New York. What's more, the ASPCA doesn't even run the shelters for New York City itself. If you watch Animal Planet you'd think the ASPCA ran New York City's animal control program and operated the city's shelters. And they used to do just that. But back in 1995 they dropped their contract with the city. Why? Well because the city wasn't paying them enough. So they don't operate a national umbrella organization and they don't even run the city's shelter. Points they completely neglect to mention in their ads or their websites To me that is intentionally misleading the public, diverting funds into their own accounts that people would have sent (and believe they are ultimately sending) to the City of New York and to local SPCA's across the country.
--Marc Sayer (Deaf Dane Rescue)

"Currently, animal care and control services are provided to the city under a contract with the nonprofit Center for Animal Care and Control (CACC). This includes responsibility for animal pickup, shelter services, adoption, humane euthanasia and preparation of animals for rabies testing."

"The ASPCA, also a nonprofit, was responsible for animal care and control in New York City from 1894 until January 1, 1995."
Richard Gentilviso

"The East Bay SPCA is often confused with other organizations that also work to improve the lives of companion animals. Additionally, people are also confused about how various SPCAs around the country are connected. They are not! Each SPCA, in each community is its own entity, and responsible for its own mission and funding. For example, ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is the SPCA that serves New York City, NY. No SPCA, including the East Bay SPCA, receives regular funding from the ASPCA or HSUS (Humane Society of the United States)."
East Bay SPCA (Oakland, CA)

Is the push to replace the term pet Owner with Guardian a good idea?
Pet guardianship replaces the rights (and full responsibility) that go with ownership with a government-granted privilege. The idea is just starting to edge its way into laws, most often by substituting 'owner/guardian' for 'owner' (as the state of Rhode Island has done) and accompanied by assurances that "We think this will help people be more responsible for pets."

However guardianship is a familiar concept elsewhere in law. When a nosy neighbor points out that your dog is limping, is a bit plump or isn't neutered, an owner can smile sweetly and say "Thank you." A guardian is subject to direct government supervision and because possession is a government granted privilege, the government has the power. As guardianship spreads and legal battles necessary to pin down the meaning of "guardian" for pets are fought, costs and risks of having a pet will go up.
-- Pet-Law.com

"Language is a powerful tool. Usage of certain words can eventually lull us into acceptance of an ideology. At least that’s what the animal rights extremists hope will happen."

"Katz said changing the language is an important part of a 'revolution'..."

"According to a briefing sheet published by the Washington, D.C. based Capital Research Center, animal rights groups profess to work for improved animal treatment while their ultimate goal is to abolish ... the breeding and owning of pets"
--Responsible Pet Owners Alliance

"Liberating our language by eliminating the word 'pet' is the first step... In an ideal society where all exploitation and oppression has been eliminated, it will be NJARA's policy to oppose the keeping of animals as 'pets."
--New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance

"If it were up to me, there would be no ‘domestic’ animals, by which I mean there would be no slavery, no animal property, no ‘pets.’
-- Karen Davis (President, United Poultry Concerns)

"The animal rights movement is about control not animal welfare. Supporting legislation based on emotion and philosophical interpretation provides a platform in our legal system for incremental increases toward animal status changes."

"Daniel T. Oliver in Animal Rights: The Inhumane Crusade, writes: 'The animal rights movement is, quite simply, an animal non-use movement. Unlike traditional humane organizations, which seek to prevent cruelty and improve the treatment of animals, animal rights organizations seek to end the use and ownership of animals. Some people mistakenly believe that animal rights groups are just humane organizations that have gone overboard in their concern for animals - that they care so deeply for animals that they overlook human welfare.' According to Oliver, 'the animal rights movement will continue to harm both people and animals as long as Americans fail to understand its actual agenda.'"
--North Carolina Responsible Animal Owners Alliance

"Pet ownership is an absolutely abysmal situation brought about by human manipulation."
-- Ingrid Newkirk (national director of PETA)

Therapy Dogs International

Did you know that Therapy Dogs International considers all deaf dogs to be dangerous animals that can not be trusted, and they therefore will not work with or certify any deaf or even hearing impaired dog as a therapy dog? They are the only therapy dog organization to ban deaf/hearing impaired dogs simply because they are deaf. This sort of ignorant, narrow minded, ill-informed policy is difficult to understand in this day and age, especially coming from an agency that works with animals in what should be an enlightened field like therapy dog training/certification. There is absolutely no science behind this ridiculous position they have adopted. It is based entirely on ignorance and superstition. It is little different than any other sort of groundless prejudice or bigotry.

Main Entry: big·ot
Function: noun
Etymology: French, hypocrite

1.    stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one's own.
2.   a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats all members of a group with intolerance.

We urge you to send TDI an email or letter asking them to stop this unscientific, unsound, unfair policy. We also urge you to spread the word about this. Tell your friends, post this info on every animal email list and message board you are on, spread the word to the deaf community in general too. We recommend that you boycott TDI until they change this policy, and that you ask others to do the same. TDI does not admit to this prejudice on their website. If you read the requirements on their website for a dog to be certified by TDI, it does not mention that a dog must be able to hear. Apparently this is a dirty little secret they are ashamed to admit to on their website. But it is true.
TDI needs some basic retraining. And their bigoted policies need to be aired out in the light of day. Here is TDI's response to someone asking if their deaf dog could be certified by TDI. As you can see, they not only discriminate against deaf dogs, but even against hearing impaired dogs. This is simply outrageous and shameful.

Thank you for contacting us. Please understand for reasons of safety, TDI has adopted this policy.

TDI's policy is as follows.

Therapy Dogs International cannot accept any dog that is hearing impaired.
The circumstances and conditions of each facility that our dogs visit are varied and even under the best of circumstances a therapy dog will
encounter some degree of stress during visitations. The potential
combination of strange dogs, other pets and unusual surroundings could be

This policy is not designed to be a reflection upon a dog's temperament, or the capability of the dog handler. It was necessary to adopt such a policy for reasons of practicality and safety.

We hope you respect TDI's reason for this policy, as the safety of the people with whom we visit is of the utmost importance.

TDI Office

They make it all sound so logical and sensible, it could almost fool you into believing there is some valid reason or science behind the policy. Sadly, that is simply not the case. In fact deaf dogs are less likely to be stressed by the noise and commotion in a busy location such as a hospital.
Despite the fact that they claim the policy stems from a concern for safety, there is absolutely no data or science that supports the contention that a deaf or hearing impaired dog would be less safe than a hearing dog. We are sorry, we do not understand. There is no reason to refuse certification for any dog that can pass the certification tests. Period. Deaf, blind, 3-legged, whatever, if the dog can pass the tests, it should be certified.

Please help us put a stop to backward, ignorant policies like this. They are not based on any sound science, but on prejudices and myths that were disproven long ago. They have no place in an organization working with animals.

You can contact TDI at  tdi@gti.net

Here are other Therapy Dog organizations who will work with deaf dogs. We encourage you to contact them if you are interested in therapy dogs.

Therapy Dogs Inc. (also sometimes called TDI, so please be sure which TDI you are working with, Therapy Dogs Inc. will certify deaf and hearing impaired dogs, Therapy Dogs International will not)

Delta Society

The Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc.

Paws For Friendship Incorporated

If you are part of, or know of a Therapy Dog group that works with deaf dogs, and you would like to see them listed here, please email me.


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A well-trained dog will make no attempt to share your lunch.
He will just make you feel so guilty that you cannot enjoy it. 
-- Helen Thurber

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