D2Care was started in 2006 by a dedicated group of individuals to educate the public and dog care professionals about deaf dogs. Most of us own deaf dogs and have first-hand experience.
We know that there are other organizations working for deaf dogs: some are rescues, some are web-based support and education sites, and some are individuals attempting to fill a need. So why another organization? We believe it is important to foster a membership-based organization involving members in the decision-making. Our members pay dues and they vote for the Board of Directors. This is not true of many non-profit organizations.
Our members are dedicated individuals, devoted to promoting awareness of and actively advocating for deaf dogs. Our name, mission statement, motto, and founding Board members were all voted on by a group of like-minded individuals. They were also been consulted during the writing of our Bylaws. We understand that it only makes us stronger to utilize the knowledge, skills and talents of our diverse membership by keeping them actively engaged in the business of the organization.
We are still in the process of applying for non-profit status. See our News area for progress updates. Our Board is committed to working closely with our members to be sure the organization reflects what they want the organization to be. While we are still in the planning stages, we are working on various ways for our members to contact and interact with their Board of Directors.
Our organization's objectives and purposes are:
- Connect with the general public, veterinary professionals, rescue organizations, purebred dog clubs, breeders, and others about living with and training deaf dogs, through the development and sharing of resources and educational programs.
- Support, advocate, and implement research to provide quantifiable data on deaf dogs.
- Develop educational programs to encourage positive attitudes towards deaf dogs, and work to dispel the misinformation and mythology surrounding deafness in dogs.
- Advocate and encourage acceptance and participation of deaf dogs in recognized canine activities, including (but not limited to) Obedience, Agility, Rally, Tracking competitions, as well as Therapy Dog or Search and Rescue work.
- Develop a positive, supportive, and educational resource environment (through the use of our website and other educational formats), for anyone working or living with deaf dogs.
- Support and encourage rescue organizations to accept deaf dogs, by providing resources and funding (based on need and purpose for funds).
- Connect deaf dogs needing homes with caring, appropriate families, by dedicating a portion of our website to list biographies of deaf dogs available for adoption.