Hearing dogs for deaf people in New Zealand.
"To enhance the independence and wellbeing of Deaf and severely hearing-impaired New Zealanders, through the provision of specially trained Hearing Dogs to internationally recognised standards."
Specially trained Hearing Dogs provide valuable services to deaf and hearing-impaired people in much the same way as guide dogs for blind people. In 1998, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People NZ was formally established and incorporated as a charitable trust. Previously, no organisation for training and placing these dogs existed in New Zealand. Hearing Dogs have the same access rights as Guide Dogs for the blind – they are allowed into all public places, including food premises.