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The Association les Chiens du Silence, located at the foothills of the Pyrenees, 19 km from Tarbes on the R21 national road, provides free hearing dogs to deaf or hard-of-hearing people to help them regain their independence.

The Association les Chiens du Silence organization is founded

10 mars 2010
Handing over of the first hearing dog, Angel
2011
Arrival of the structure's first employee and launch of the partnership with the Du Chemins des Korrigans breeding farm.
2014

Association certification: we became the only organization in France to receive certification for the supply of hearing assistance dogs!

We joined CANIDEA, the national confederation of assistance dog organizations.

2017
Angel takes a well-deserved retirement!
29 janvier 2019
COVID-19 is wreaking havoc, but the organization is resisting and taking advantage of the stay-at-home order to move ahead with the building of technical facilities.
2020

2 trainers are joining the adventure to help us give more dogs!

The Association also joins the ranks of European experts.

2021

After years of voluntary work, Cathy becomes an employee!

It's also the year of the arrival of 2 new people, in charge of communications.

2022

Handing over the association's 100th dog!

8 octobre 2022
The team is strengthened by the arrival of 2 dog carers
2023
The end of the construction? We certainly hope so!
Fin 2023

Our story

The adventure began in 2010, when Cathy and Frédéric realized during a trip to Canada that, while hearing dogs had been used in Great Britain and Canada for over 40 years to help the deaf and hard-of-hearing, no such help existed in France, not even proper training!

Back in France, they created the Association les Chiens du Silence and Cathy learned how to train these extraordinary dogs…

From dog to dog, year after year, she perfected her technique and tested several breeds before settling on the one best suited to the task: the Australian Shepherd.

At the same time, Frédéric set about developing the Association, which is now recognized and growing, training a large number of dogs every year to meet the ever-increasing demand from people with disabilities.

The team

The team of the Association les Chiens du Silence is made up of passionate people who are totally committed to carrying out their missions, in a family atmosphere and in good spirits!

Fred, président

Frédéric

President

Mickael, chargé de communication

Mickaël

Communication manager

Cathy ,éducatrice et directrice technique 

Cathy

Technical manager

Victoria, éducatrice canine

Victoria

Trainer

Emma, éducatrice canine

Emma

Trainer

Marie, éducatrice canine

Trainer

Educatrice

Maeva, animalière

Maëva

Dog carer

Noelie, animalière

Noëlie

Dog carer

It is supported by a volunteer board, which ensures that the right decisions are taken, and by a volunteer committee, which is responsible for studying applications and deciding on the most appropriate course of action, according to a wide range of criteria.

It remains in existence thanks to the many supporters and host families who give their time and energy, helping the Association’s team to achieve its mission: to enable people with disabilities to regain their confidence and independence!

groupe de bénévoles de l'association les chiens du silence

Our mission

Les Chiens du Silence’s missions

Our training center

On premises with 4,520 ft² of secure play space and 3,229 ft² of sheltered kennels, the Association trains and hands out around ten hearing dogs to hearing-impaired or deaf people every year.Work is underway to create over 1m² of office space, a rest room for our employees, a mini-studio for working with dogs in real-life situations and a meeting room.

Work is underway to create over 1291.67m² of office space, a rest room for our employees, a mini-studio for working with the dogs in real-life situations, and a meeting room.Work is underway to create over 1291.67² of office space, a rest room for our employees, a mini-studio for working with the dogs in real-life situations, and a meeting room.Work is underway to create over 1291,² of office space, a rest room for our employees, a mini-studio for working with the dogs in real-life situations, and a meeting room.Work is underway to create over 1291 ft² of office space, a rest room for our employees, a mini-studio for working with the dogs in real-life situations, and a meeting room.Work is underway to create over 1291 ft² of office space, a rest room for our employees, a mini-studio for working with the dogs in real-life situations, and a meeting room.

Our thanks to all our volunteers, host families, partners, donors and members, without whom this human adventure of solidarity would not be possible. It is this spirit of mutual aid that the Association wishes to cultivate: thank you all for keeping it alive!

Les Chiens du Silence is an
  • human adventure
  • important adventure
  • adventure of solidarity
!

All operating, acquisition and training costs for the dogs are entirely covered by the Association les Chiens du Silence: the provision of an assistance dog is in fact free of charge for the beneficiary.

Your support makes this mission possible!