The students and teachers from Team 81 at McLoughlin Middle School in Medford had a special project to help the dogs in training at Dogs for the Deaf have an extra special Christmas. Students held a Donations and Dog Toy Drive to help the special dogs at Dogs for the Deaf’s training facility.
They then made a festive card and all wrote notes to the dogs and signed their names to accompany the huge box of dog toys and treats and a check for the money collected. The dogs were thrilled to receive the new toys and extra special treats.
Dogs for the Deaf uses toys and treats to motivate the dogs during their special training to learn how to help people with various physical, mental, and emotional disabilities and challenges. The dogs help people with hearing loss, autism, PTSD, panic and anxiety attacks, depression, stroke, and many other challenges.
Since 1977, Dogs for the Deaf has been rescuing dogs from shelters and training them to help people. The dogs are then placed nationwide and in Canada free of charge. The organization is funded completely by donations and is grateful for the efforts of Team 81 at McLoughlin Middle School.