Make This Puppy Lucky: Pearl the Labrador Mix

Adopt this partially deaf senior Lab and get lots of love in return.

If the idea of raising a puppy or taking on a boisterous young dog isn’t exactly your cup of tea, then look no further than Pearl! This calm, sweet natured, special-needs senior is seeking a forever home that will make her feel safe, secure, and very loved. Won’t you help this sophisticated lady make the most of her golden years?

Name: Pearl.

Age and sex: 8- to 10-year-old female.

Breed: Labrador mix.

Size and weight: Medium and 45 pounds.

Coat: Short and yellow.

Location: Heartland Small Animal Rescue in Indiana.

Activity level: Low.

Likes: Food, being with her people, and going for walks.

Dislikes: Snow.

Training: Pearl is house and crate trained, walks nicely on a leash, and is learning hand signals to compensate for her partial deafness.

Yard requirements: A fenced-in yard would be recommended to keep her safe.

Kids: Best with older children.

Dogs and cats: Likes dogs, and doesn’t seem to mind cats.

Health issues: Pearl’s right ear canal had to be removed due to a serious ear infection, so she no longer has hearing in that ear. She also has skin allergies, which are being controlled through medicine, diet, and regular baths during pollen season.

Her story: Pearl was one of 166 dogs rescued by the HSUS from a hoarding situation in Ohio in December 2015. She has been with Heartland Small Animal Rescue since January of this year.

Her ideal forever home: Pearl would enjoy a quiet household with a couple or family who has previous experience with deaf dogs.

Other details prospective adopters should know: Although Pearl needs time to warm up to strangers, she is very docile and loves being around people.

Contact info: Call 574-400-5633 or visit

Lisa Plummer Savas

A devoted dog mom, journalist, and animal activist, Lisa uses her writing to spread awareness about animal welfare and cruelty issues. She lives in Atlanta with two spoiled German Shepherds, one entitled Pug, and a very understanding husband. Read more of her work at her blog and website, and follow her on Twitter.


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