Neb. animal shelter teaches deaf dogs sign language

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. - A Nebraska animal shelter is trying to find deaf dogs a home -- by teaching them sign language.

Animal advocates say deaf dogs face enormous obstacles beyond their disability because they don’t understand how to interact with people and other animals.

Officials at the Central Nebraska Humane Society say their program is helping those dogs get a second chance at life, plus they are teaching pet owners about the unique qualities these dogs bring to a family.

"I think they're more sensitive to how you're feeling. A lot of people don't know they have a deaf dog, when they figure it out, all of the sudden you find out you have this really amazing animal," shelter volunteer Tracie Pfeifle said.

The shelter said they have had great success with their program so far and they teach all new dog owners the signs to interact with the amazing dogs.

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