What is a Hearing Dog?

What Do We Do?

What Can I Do to Help?

Hearing Dogs are specially trained to alert their recipient to everyday sounds such as the doorbell, text messages, baby monitor, timer or smoke alarm. Click here to find out more.

One of our roles is to train the Hearing Dog to gently ‘paw’ the recipient to let them know they have heard a sound. Click here to find out more.

We receive no Government funding so please make a difference and support our work. Donations of $5 or more are tax-deductible! Click here to find out more.


Our Mission

The Hearing Dogs charity exists 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.

A Little About Us

  • Established in 1998
  • 1 in 10 Kiwis have a hearing impairment
  • A Hearing Dog is on constant alert while in the home
  • Hearing Dogs are trained to respond to smoke & fire alarms, door knocks, alarm clocks, telephones ringing, baby monitors, earthquakes, portable timers and more.

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Meet Some of Our Recipients

All our recipients have a story about how they became involved in Hearing Dogs and the way in which their dogs have impacted and improved their lives. Please click on the pictures to read the full stories:


Ella and Mischa
“So a big thank you to the wonderful people at the Hearing Dogs Training School and for those responsible for making a dog available to me and their great choice of dog – I could not wish for better.”

Geoff & Toby
“I always maintain that one of the big bonuses of having a Hearing Dog is that it advertises the fact that we suffer from the “unseen disability” and people tend to treat us with an understanding which is not always forthcoming otherwise.”

Margaret & Mitzi
“I can not find enough words to express my total gratitude for having the privilege of having my hearing dog. Mitzi is absolutely everything to me, even when at times she is a bit of a monkey and thinks she can have time out because someone else is around.”

Susan & Barlow
“I believe that other deaf and hearing impaired people should have the opportunity of owning a hearing dog. These dogs enhance opportunities for communication with others and also enable their owners to gain a greater sense of safety and security in their environment.

How You Can Help

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People (Hearing Dogs NZ) is an independent charitable trust that trains (to internationally recognised standards) specially selected dogs, then places them with deaf and severely hearing-impaired New Zealanders. Our dogs have public access rights, just like guide dogs.
We receive no government funding and make no charge to the deaf person receiving the hearing dog, but seek support from individuals, groups and organisations to help train and place these wonderful, portable ‘hearing aids’!


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Hearing Dogs is actively seeking the support of commercial organisations who realise there could be an opportunity to create a mutually advantageous marketing relationship between their organisation and Hearing Dogs.

Become a Sponsor


If you would like to support the work of Hearing Dogs but do not have the funds to become a Trust Sponsor, Dog Training Sponsor or Co-sponsor, then becoming a Friend of the Trust can be a great answer.

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