VISITORS to a Ryedale library are about to have the chance to meet a celebrity visitor – a real life hearing dog puppy.
The visit is part of a wider exhibition about the work of hearing dogs and how they change the lives of their owners which will run at Malton Library from Monday October 22 to Thursday November 1.
And importantly, it will give people the opportunity to see how they can become involved and make a real difference by helping to socialise puppies, sponsoring a puppy, booking a talk for their community group, or doing fundraising.
During the exhibition family visitors will be invited to pick up a prize quiz sheet which will introduce them to the wonderful ways in which hearing dogs change the lives of deaf adults and children.
County Cllr Chris Metcalfe, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Libraries, said: “We welcome these very important visitors to Malton library and the chance to learn all about the work of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and the contribution that volunteers can make.”
Hearing dogs wear distinctive burgundy jackets when they are out and about, to show people that their owner is deaf, an invisible disability.
At home, in the workplace or in public buildings, these specially trained dogs alert their owners to specific sounds such as the doorbell, telephone, alarm clock, kitchen timer and mobile phone, as well as important danger signals like fire and smoke alarms.
The exhibition begins on Monday, October 22, and ends with the visit of the puppy at a drop-in session on Thursday, November 1, from 10am to 2pm.