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Deaf Dog Captain Jack To The Rescue

If you have been lucky enough to meet the City of Salem Animal Shelter’s new ambassador, you already know that he is the strong and silent type. Captain Jack is a mixed breed dog originally rescued in Texas by Green Dogs Unleashed.  As is too often the case, the dog’s owner did not want him any longer once he realized the animal was deaf.   Captain Jack’s Gotcha Day!  Photo above: (L to R) Erika Proctor – Green Dogs Unleashed, Christina Lee – Deaf Dogs Rock, Captain Jack and Rebecca

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A Reason Greater Than Any Other

A Reason Greater Than Any Other by Erika Proctor – Green Dogs Unleashed The puppies sat huddled and hunkered down in the back of the run, filthy and covered in fleas as so many before them had. They trembled when the shelter workers walked by and tried their best not to make eye contact. They were but babes, tossed aside like so many animals are. Someone had treated them like disposable trash. Our rescue Green Dogs Unleashed received the call for help the next morning. Nine they counted nine little

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Valentine’s Puppy Love

This past weekend on 2/11/2017 Green Dogs Unleashed was invited to Petvalu to take part in a very special Valentine’s Adoption event. We love bringing our special adoptable pups to special events so families can meet them up close and personal. It is a special time where GDU can eradicate myths about deaf and deaf blind dogs and maybe in the process find safe and loving homes for our available dogs. We also educate locals on our training resources and classes. Our Green Dogs Unleashed Team (our rescue family) had

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Puppy Bowl Pup “Doobert” Assisted into Rescue by Doobert.com

On February 5th, Animal Planet will be airing its annual Puppy Bowl with a special twist. This year players will include special-needs dogs including deaf puppy“Doobert”, who was transported to his forever home using the Doobert.com unique rescue platform. This past August, volunteers came together using the Doobert.com software to transport “Doobert” the dog, a deaf English Pointer puppy, who was eight-weeks old at the time. He was transported 1,100 miles to safety, by volunteers using the Doobert.com platform. His journey took him from Savonburg, KS to Troy, VA. Above

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Finding Great Fosters

Finding great fosters homes is no easy task. It’s a lot to ask a family to take in a dog they know almost nothing about, care for, love, train, and then give up an animal they often have fallen in love with. Some foster families foster dog after dog. Some foster a few and take a break. Some adopt. Our foster homes are the backbone of GDU. Without them, we would have no rescue program. Harley Quinn on the right side (now Stella) A few months ago When one of our amazing

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Using a Laser Light or Flashlight Can Cause Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in a Deaf Dog

Using a Laser Light or a Flashlight Can Cause Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in a Deaf Dog by Erika Proctor   “Should I use a flashing light device to train my deaf dog?” A question I recently seem to be asked daily. As an Animal Behavior Specialist that specializes in working with special needs dogs and cats, I feel a strong need to weigh in on these recent “Light Training” questions. Photo above: Notice the dog going after the light reflection of the doggy pool on the carport?  Photo credit: Great Dane Chasing Laser

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GDU is Featured on Inside Out TV

This week on Charlottesville Inside Out TV Show they featured our Green Dogs Unleashed Therapy Dog Program. Thanks to WHTJ/WCVE and the Inside Out Team for sharing awareness of our GDU Therapy Dog work. From Charlottesville Inside Out TV Show: On Thursday February 25 be sure to watch Charlottesville Inside Out,  and meet Noli from Green Dogs Unleashed! GDU is an organization that focuses on the rescue, rehabilitation and training of special needs animals to work with special needs humans. Every week, Noli and her owner, Erika, a GDU volunteer, visit

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Building a Bridge of Communication

Update DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED! – The Clinic date has been moved to March 26, 2016 and will be at the Pampered Pets in Charlottesville, VA located at 601 Concord Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903 Phone: 434-293- 7387. A new flyer will be soon. For more information and fee details please email greendogsunleashed@yahoo.com     Cost $30 *****Vibration collars will be provided with this class and each person will have the opportunity to purchase a vibration collar if they wish after the class is over. Do you share a home with a deaf

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Paint Night Paws for A Cause

Event: Paint Night for a Cause              Day/Date: Sunday March 13, 2016 starting at 1:00pm Location: Weston Farm Vineyard & Winery (206 Harris Creek Rd, Louisa, VA 23093) To benefit: Green Dogs Unleashed Rescue     RSVP and Register with Penny Martin at 1-540-967-4647 ***Be sure to email a photo of your pet by March 5th, 2016 to pennymlouisa@aol.com  Come out on March 13, 2016 at 1:00pm for a fantastic night with friends, fellow animal lovers and wine enthusiasts, while we have a great time

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GDU Pups to play in the Puppy Bowl XII

It is a big day for our Green Dogs Unleashed puppies who will be appearing in the Puppy Bowl XII line up. Our lineup of Green Dogs Unleashed pups who traveled all the way to New York City to film the Puppy Bowl XII are as follows: Deaf puppy Lily, Bumble, Webster, Sailor (one of deaf dog Liberty’s hearing puppies) and Ronan. PUPPY BOWL XII premieres Sunday, February 7th at 3PM ET/PT on Animal Planet and will re-air at 5PM ET/PT and 7PM ET/PT. During each airing of the show

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Green Dogs Unleashed is a non-profit organization committed to rescuing, rehabilitating and professionally training animals in need to become therapy dogs, then placing them in homes to give back to the community. We focus on the rescue, rehabilitation and training of special needs animals to work with special needs humans. 

All of our animals are currently trained and rehabilitated at Unleashed Canine Training Academy in Troy, VA.