DIVIDE, Co. - A Deaf dog who was having a difficult time being adopted from the Teller County Regional Animal Shelter has a new forever home. A Deaf man decided to adopt 'Connor' after seeing the 9NEWS report last week.
The one-year-old pup was born with something called 'Cerebellar Hypoplasia', which means his cerebellum never matured.
Employees at the shelter also noticed Connor wasn't responding well to commands. Eventually, one of the shelter's technicians discovered the problem: Connor was Deaf. Because of his disability, the tech taught Connor how to read American Sign Language.
PREVIOUS STORY : Deaf dog learns sign language. According to the shelter, Connor picked up on it pretty quickly and understood several commands. Unfortunately, a lot of people looking to adopt pets turned their heads away from Connor and figured it would take too much effort to care for him. So Connor lived at the shelter, until this week. "We are so excited that he was able to find his forever home," said Nancy Adams, with the Teller County Regional Animal Shelter.
Adams said the man who adopted Connor saw the 9NEWS story airing on sister-station KOAA-5 in Colorado Springs. When he saw the story, he was touched and decided to adopt Connor. Adams said the process was a tad bit difficult since the man didn't have an interpreter with him. Instead, he communicated with the shelter by writing down his thoughts on a piece of paper."He's a person who will truly appreciate Connor's disabilities. And the nice thing is it made people aware with special needs are very adoptable and very good pets," Adams said. Source