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Fostering

IHDI made a call and our wonderful fosters listened

In response to the CoVid-19 pandemic, IHDI didn't want to be caught like a deer in headlights. We made a call to our volunteer pool, close friends, and family to see if they could help IHDI out in ways that we have never asked of our community before, to foster all of our Hearing Dog Hopefuls for a month and boy, did they deliver.

As of March 23rd, every single dog was placed in a home perfect for their needs. Some of dogs were brand new to the program so those foster parents are focusing on their basic obedience. Some of our dogs were more advanced in their sound training so those foster parents are supporting their foster dogs and helping them adjust to their new surroundings. This has been such a wonderful experience for all of us at IHDI and the dogs are loving it too! We are so deeply appreciative of our fosters and what they are doing for IHDI, we truly couldn't thank them enough.

Check out some fun pictures that our Hearing Dog Hopefuls have been experiencing!

What Our Recipient's Have Been Doing During The Pandemic

Working, operating, and learning from home is quite a new adjustment for many. Mona and her Hearing Dog, Moose created a fun video for her students, highlighting the importance of a routine for our physical and mental health as we all adjust to a new "normal." Mona is a school psychologist for a district of about 700 students where her role includes teaching social emotional skills. Moose helps Mona bring extra light to these lessons, and a sense of additional comfort to her students during these uncertain times.

"I am so thankful to have Moose right now as we are safe at home though alone during COVID-19. He’s such a good companion, dependable listener/alerted, and benefit to my physical and mental health! I wouldn’t be stepping outside so regularly much less taking short or longs walks each day. He also brings such a peace to me (and my family in Texas) as he alerts me of sounds I don’t hear: the doorbell; knock on the door; even the sizzling on the George Foreman and the water boiling on the stove. We truly are a team!" Mona & Hearing Dog Moose -- team since 2018

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