As a Deaf person - capital D intended - Amanda Geffen is aware that some people think she needs extra help. Some even pity her. "They don't realize that I can do as many things as hearing people but just can't hear," she tells The Dodo.
Geffen recently learned about a 7-month-old dog named Mika who'd lost her home. Mika's family gave her up to a shelter, saying they didn't want a dog who couldn't hear.
Geffen - who'd always wanted to adopt a Deaf dog - knew she'd found her pup.
"I told myself I must get her and give her a good life," she says.