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July 21, 2005

Grant gifts hearing dog to deserving Waikato deaf person

From: Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand - Jul 21, 2005

By CHARLOTTE HARDER

The search is on for a deaf Waikato person who needs a hearing dog.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People NZ has been given a grant of $12,500 to train a hearing dog for somebody in the Waikato.

The Donny Charitable Trust and Norah Howell Charitable Trust donations specified for the money to be used to train a hearing dog for someone in the Waikato.

National manager Marilyn Johnston said it was a special grant for a special person.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People NZ, formed in 1998, is the only organisation in New Zealand to train hearing dogs.

It takes six months to train a hearing dog to alert its owner to sounds that people who can hear take for granted, such as alarm clocks, door bells and fire alarms.

Mrs Johnston said potential dog recipients would be interviewed to ensure the right dog was found.

"We will find out what type of dog is suitable for them and find a match."

Waikato residents who are deaf or hearing impaired are encouraged to apply for a hearing dog by emailing the organisation on info http://www.hearingdogs.org.nz/

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