When Marisa Nielsen and her fiancé Desmond Kumar first laid their eyes on Evie, a husky-shepherd puppy living at the B.C. SPCA, they could tell right away she was different.
For one, her white, perky ears didn’t seem to hear a lick of sound.
“She was asleep,” said Nielsen. “It was really funny because it was so noisy — there was thumping going on. They were cleaning. There was dogs barking. There was traffic noises coming from outside, and she was sleeping like she was in the middle of nowhere.”
Evie was given to the SPCA in East Vancouver by her previous owners, after they found out she was hearing impaired. She was only a few weeks old — and a perfect fit for the future newlyweds.
“We never planned on adopting when we were going into the SPCA,” said Nielsen. “But when we saw that Evie was deaf … it seemed like is was meant to be.”
Nielsen grew up with deaf parents, who taught her sign language and kept her engaged with the deaf community. With her experience, she knew that she could offer Evie the support she needed — and that her parents would approve of the new family member.