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Hearing Dog Program (San Francisco SPCA)

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The San Francisco SPCA Hearing Dog Program supports over 100 active hearing dog graduate teams throughout the Bay Area, Southern California, Nevada, and Hawaii. The Society provides veterinary support for the life of the service dog and on-going training and behavior consultation.

Developed in 1978, The San Francisco SPCA Hearing Dog Program was designed to train homeless dogs as service animals and place them with deaf or hearing-impaired guardians. In so doing, The San Francisco SPCA Hearing Dog Program has furthered two of its core missions: i) rescuing animals; and ii) providing its rescued animals with a meaningful new role in life with their hearing impaired partners. The SF SPCA Hearing Dog Program has graduated 800+ Hearing Dog Teams. Though the Program currently does not accept applicants, we work cooperatively with a Sonoma County service dog organization to respond to inquiries and assist with replacement dog needs.


Deborah Maron

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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Animal-assisted therapies
  2. Animal roles
  3. Animal welfare
  4. Dogs
  5. Health
  6. Mammals
  7. Nutrition
  8. Pet ownership
  9. Pets and companion animals
  10. Physical environment
  11. Social Environments