Deaf Dog in Texas Shelter Finds Forever Home After More Than 240 Days

A dog that had been in a Texas shelter for more than 240 days and came close to being euthanized has finally found its forever home soon after she was discovered to be deaf. 

The Bastrop County Animal Services shelter has housed the pup, Xyla. Once the Austin Humane Society (AHS)Xyla couldn’t communicate with them because it was so hard. 

“Determining whether a dog is deaf isn’t as easy as you might think,”Katie Kennedy, Austin Humane Society’s director in communications, told Newsweek. “Dogs are really smart at figuring out what a human is asking from them even without a verbal cue. Our friends at Bastrop and our intake team at AHS strongly suspected Aspen was deaf based on initial interactions, but she responded to our commands when she was being initially evaluated by our vets.”

Once the caring staff at the Austin Humane Society learned that Xyla was deaf they started to teach her sign language, and soon enough she was placed in a loving home. It happened, the AHS said, during their #EmptytheShelters event.

“The special pup spent seven months at AHS. During that time, our staff members and our incredible volunteers worked with Xyla to teach her sign language,” the AHS wrote on their Facebook page, “Last month, Xyla found her perfect match.” 

Xyla’s new owner, Gianna Luciano, described her new best friend as the “one for her,”Whether she could hear.

Luciano said she is new to the Austin area, she and her roommate have the time and patience to give Xyla. She said she is practicing ‘wait’ and ‘lay down,’With her. 

“We use hand commands with her!” It works well,” Luciano said. “We also admittedly talk to her a lot even though she can’t hear us. She’s great with ‘sit’ and she knows when we’re tapping to get her attention vs just petting her,”She spoke.

Luciano said, in part:  “She really is the sweetest, most loving animal I’ve met. We are extremely lucky to have her, and I’m thankful that the Humane Society was able to take her and care for her as long as they did until she found her forever home.” 


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