“She doesn’t act like she’s deaf,” Lacie Heritage, animal placement coordinator for the Animal Welfare League of Queen Anne’s County, the shelter where Bella currently lives, told The Dodo. “She will do just about anything with a hand signal. She knows ‘sit’ really well, she knows ‘down,’ she knows ‘stay.’ She loves people, and she’s always looking at your face. So she watches for your cues to see how she’s doing.”
Last year, PAWS ran into some trouble. When the local town flooded with water, the shelter flooded as well — not with water, but with homeless dog and cats. The PAWS staff reached out to other shelters, asking if they’d take some of their animals. The Animal Welfare League of Queen Anne’s County in Maryland agreed to take 15 dogs, including Bella.