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Niagara County SPCA having hard time adopt deaf dog

The Niagara County SPCA might have the perfect match for you.

NIAGARA, N.Y. — Are you looking for your fur-ever companion? The Niagara County SPCA might have the perfect match for you.

The SPCA shared on their Facebook page Thursday that they are having a difficult time trying to get one of their dogs adopted, that is because the 8-year-old pup is deaf.

Izzy is her name and according to the SPCA, she can adapt very well.

"She knows what's going on. She can't hear you. She can respond to the tug of her leash, or if she sees a car, she knows that it's time to jump into it. If you pat the floor, she knows it's time to lay down. She's very mindful of her surroundings and what's going on, so it's just a matter of that she can't hear, but what's the big deal, right?" says the SPCA's Kimberly LaRussa.

Izzy enjoys car rides, dinner dates, and tons of affection. The SPCA says that Izzy can’t live with small kids, only homes with kids who are 7 years old or older, because she can’t hear them coming and she might get startled.

"Number one, I'd say you must have a very good heart because that's what she needs. Number two, you have to be willing to take the time to work with her. She would probably be great if she learned a little sign language, and so, you know, it's different than having a regular dog because you call them back. So you have to be mindful of that. You can't leave them in the backyard by themselves. Heaven forbid they run away. They can't hear you, so a little bit of training for her would be perfect, and so she would just do best in a home with someone who is willing to give her that time and attention that she needs," LaRussa said.

Izzy is able to live with other dogs, but she'd need to meet them first. She can be cat tested, too, if you have cats.

If you are interested in adopting Izzy, contact the Niagara County SPCA.

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