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If you are currently living with a wheelchair dog and need some support or have some questions PLEASE CONTACT Elizabeth

If you are considering adopting a blind dog or your dog is becoming visually impaired and you need some  expert knowledge and  support

For people wanting to adopt a deaf dog and or people needing help in learning how to communicate with your deaf dog


To our friends working for the Federal Government... 
please remember our CFC number
when filling out and submitting your fall pledge form. 
Over the years, your CFC contributions have been invaluable to continuing our efforts.  
Thank YOU!

National Capital Area CFC Number 71315

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Because their spirits aren't broken

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We need angels 
We can only continue to help with your support.  
Click here to meet our new friends!!

Our Annual Fundraiser at Running Hare Vineyard was a big success thanks to all the people that support our work at Pets with Disabilities.

THANK YOU to everyone that bought tickets, made donations to the silent auction, and sponsored our event.  Thank you to all the volunteers that helped and Thank you to Sharon Sirkis for organizing yet another fabulous event.



Join a team of caring individuals supporting the extraordinary efforts of Pets with Disabilities.

This logo will be displayed next to each dog that uses these funds – “critical care” – unexpected expenses – life saving medical attention.

All of our dogs at Pets with Disabilities are disabled.  They are the dogs that are overlooked because of “the defect” people see on the outside - people typically aren't willing to take the time to see the wagging tail of the deaf dog chasing the ball across the yard, or the blind dog going up a flight of stairs to get the treat or hug they know is waiting for them, or the 3 legged dog run like the wind with their friends in the joy of living. 

We have several fund raisers every year to support our rescue efforts.  We anticipate each dog coming into the rescue program will require $1000-$1500 in “typical” medical needs – and our fundraisers help us cover those costs.  Once a dog is accepted at PWD, we make a COMMITMENT to that dog - whatever it takes, for however long they need.  We can see the obvious external needs of a dog, but until they get to our vetting team, we really don't know what the real medical implications will be to help a dog become as healthy as they can be. The “Healing Hearts – Critical Care Team” is necessary to provide on-going, available funds to cover the extraordinary cases we encounter.


For example, in one 3 week period - those needs were EXTRAORDINARY, generating well over $10,000 in medical bills. This is our commitment to the dogs that find their way to PWD - the commitment of our hearts, our time, our energy, our sleepless nights of worry, and money! We can make that commitment because it's the right thing to do , but it also takes a lot of time and effort away from the daily needs of the rescue and other dogs to do the additional fund raising to cover these costs. The CCT’s regular monthly gifts provide a consistent, reliable income stream that allows us to spend less time fundraising—and more time saving lives.  Becoming a member of the PWD CCT is an easy, efficient and tax-deductible way to fight neglect and make a difference for disabled dogs all year long.

Please help us continue to be a voice for the unbroken spirit of the disabled dog. 
They truly give us a chance to witness miracles of spirit -
we can only accomplish this with your support.


The Critical Care Team helps more dogs in desperate need!!


Kobe came to us from a rural VA shelter where he ended up as a stray. Becoming a stray was probably one of the best things that could have happened to him.

Kobe is broken mentally and physically. He is Heartworm Positive, has a previously broken and healed back leg, his other rear leg has a torn ligament, he is incredibly skinny, which with further vet work it has been determined that he probably has an underlying GI disease, but this cannot be confirmed until his heartworm is under control. Once his heartworm treatment is complete and the cardiologist feels it is safe for him to undergo anesthesia, Kobe will then have a test to confirm if he has a GI Disease, he also will be neutered and his ortho issues can be addressed.

Kobe has not experienced much positive human attention in his short life. He is disconnected from humans and more connected with the other dogs. We are working on this daily showing him it is OK to trust us and we are here to help him. He is a sad case of human neglect and abuse but we are hopeful over the next several months we can make this boy healthy and find him a forever loving home!

He has a long road ahead of him, and needs all the support he can get.

Kobe is in need of many angels.


Pete came to us from a local Maryland shelter as a stray. He has severe orthopedic issues with his hind legs, and has already been seen by orthopedic.  Surgical repair is schedule to begin soon. This will certainly be a game changer for this sweet dog, as he has been suffering for years with this a painful and abnormal gait.

UPDATE:  Pete has undergone his first surgery to his left back leg,  he is recuperation is going great, and hope in a month or 2 we can get his 2nd back leg surgery.  We can't wait to see his transformation.

Pete is in need of many angels.
Estimated vet costs = $8000


We have a new Facebook Page
"LIKE" our page for updates from home, updates from the rescue, and connect with others 
enjoying their lives with a "dog living it's own normal"!

The TODAY SHOW segment - check it out!! (click here)

T-shirts, Sweatshirts, & Tote bags -   (click here)

Become an Angel for a PWD dog (click here)

Meet the disabled dogs living with the Founders....  
they need angels too!
(click here)

Great GIFT - order the book Extraordinary Dogs: Inspirational Stories of Dogs with Disabilities by Joyce Darrell
  (click here)

Pets with Disabilities is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the adoption of dogs and cats with disabilities. The organization serves as a rescue and an adoption placement aid for animals that have been injured through trauma or disabled by illness. Pets with Disabilities provides invaluable support and resources for the families of disabled pets and for shelters attempting to place special-needs animals into loving homes. 

For the animals it helps, Pets With Disabilities is a bridge to a better life and forever home.

Pets with Disabilities is an all volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping and promoting the adoption of physically disabled animals into great homes. All donations are tax deductible to the extent permissible by law. Contact your tax adviser. Pets with Disabilities is an officially recognized Maryland Non-Profit Organization.

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Pets with Disabilities  635 Clay Hammond Road,  Prince Frederick, MD 20678, USA
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