Dogs Trust Manchester are on the look-out for a special home for a deaf dog found as a stray who was hardly able to walk and didn’t have any fur.

Susie, a nine-year-old crossbreed, was found wandering the street of Manchester in May. Her claws were so long she could barely walks, her fur had fallen out and her skin was red raw. The staff at the centre are worried she’s being overlooked due to her appearance and her deafness.

Susie was in a terrible state when she arrived

Dawn Bishop, Manager at Dogs Trust Manchester says, “She was in such a sorry state when she arrived. Tests showed she was suffering from sarcoptic mange, a skin disease caused by mites burrowing through the skin. It makes them really itchy and so as they scratch they tend to pull their hair out. Susie is definitely the worst case we have seen here since opening almost three years ago.

“She has made a great recovery but it is taking time for her hair to grow back so she isn’t looking her best at the moment and sadly we think that may be why she hasn’t found her special someone yet. But beauty is only skin deep and she is an absolute sweetheart!”

Susie is growing in confidence and loves to get out and about with Canine Carer Rebecca Cochran

Now that her mange has been treated, Susie is receiving training as she waits for her forever home. Staff are using hand signals to prove that you can teach an old dog new tricks.

Dawn adds, “Susie is doing really well. Deaf dogs can be trained fairly easily using hand signals and positive, reward-based techniques. She is a gorgeous, sweet girl and she really deserves a loving home with people who can see beyond her current fur-less features and see what a beautiful girl she truly is, inside and out.”

Deaf Susie gets a thumbs up from Canine Carer Heather Graham for sitting on command

Susie needs a home with patient owners who will continue with her training and have knowledge – and ideally experience – of deaf dogs. She can live with children aged 14 and over and could live with another calm dog. 

If you think you could give Susie the home she is looking for, you can visit her at Dogs Trust Manchester, Parkway, Denton, Manchester, M34 3SG or find out more at


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