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The following dogs are available through other organizations or as independent 
placements by owners;   
Pets with Disabilities has not seen or evaluated the dogs. 
We present them solely as a courtesy to the organization or owner. 

Please contact them directly, using the email address in the posting, 
if you are interested in more information.

If you're interested in meeting dogs with a specific disability - click on the category below
Blind Dogs Deaf Dogs Wheel chair Dogs 3 legged dogs Dogs with Minor Challenges

Blind Dogs
Blind dogs can live an almost normal life, please visit The Owners of Blind Dogs.   
To see how easy it can be to live with a blind dog, please visit

Bentley is an approximately 4-y.o. neutered male Terrier mix, weight is about 55 lbs.  He is heartworm-negative, housebroken, microchipped.  Beautiful shiny black coat, with white highlights, believed to be totally blind.  He is in excellent health other than his blindness.  He was examined by a veterinarian ophthalmologist, who confirmed his blindness.  He loves to play and loves people and attention.  He actually plays with a ball when it is thrown and we think he finds it by scent.  He is a very affectionate dog and always wants to be your lapdog.  He was also evaluated by our certified dog trainer who felt he is wonderful with people, but would be best as an only dog in the home because he cannot read other dogs' intentions, which could lead to a fight.  He definitely does not like cats. 

Please contact Joanne at 352-795-1288, email  Bentley is in a "kill" shelter in FL.

Deaf Dogs
For information on living with a deaf dog, please visit Deaf Dog Education Action Fund.

Sebastian (deaf)-- Sebastian is an adorable, mixed breed pup who would love nothing more than to find his forever home! Sebastian is great with other dogs and loves everyone he meets. He spends his days at K9 Playtime romping with the other dogs and absolutely loves to be a social butterfly! Sebastian does really well in all kinds of social settings- from adoption events to long runs with volunteers. He is gentle and well-mannered and doesn’t even jump up to greet new people. Sebastian is also house-broken. This sweet pup is about 2 years old and weighs 50 pounds. He was born deaf, but has learned several hand signals and is very easy to train. Most people think training deaf or blind dogs is more difficult, but really it is just different! If you’d like to meet Seb please fill out an adoption application on our website at 

Family Dog Rescue in San Francisco, California

Name: Grits
Gender: Male
Age: 10 Months old
Weight: 24 Pounds
Breed: Terrier Mix
Health: Neutered, Heartworm Negative, UTD on shots, DEAF

Grits is calm when he’s near his person. He enjoys car rides and responds positively to the ‘Car’ command (I’ve seen him bolt out the door and wait at the car expectantly). He’s not afraid to be touched to wake him up or to get his attention (a tap on the nape, or lower back). He’s quiet in public places. Grits is sweet and affectionate. He’s a great couch buddy, and he’s happy sleeping next to his ‘persons’ feet as well. He’s cautious with dogs he’s not been introduced, but is good with building positive friendships with other dogs he meets. Keep in mind that he’s deaf, unknown dogs will startle him if he doesn’t expect them.

Visit  for Grit's complete bio, more pictures and info Humane Society of Union County , Monroe NC

Hello my name is Snowy.   

I am deaf but am working on hand signals with my foster. I am able to sit and come with hand signals.  Because I can't hear I like to be able to see my human all the time.  I am good with humans, even little ones. I love attention from everyone. I love going for long walks, I have gone as far as 8 miles. I like other dogs if they are calm. Because I cannot hear loud sounds do no bother me.  I am house trained.  

For more pictures of me or to fill out an adoption application check out or questions can be directed to Shea Kinsey at

Snowy's webpage

Bo is a very friendly but very energetic American Bulldog mix. He's still pretty young, we're told about 18 months. He was abandoned earlier this year and we adopted him without knowing that he is a deaf dog. We have worked with this issue extensively but, with our increasing work schedules, it's proving too difficult to manage. He's very friendly with us and with strangers. He seems especially comfortable around children. He's typically very quiet, only barking when we leave... or it's mealtime (for us)! We have gotten him reasonably comfortable with crating but he's still feeling some level of separation anxiety with being left alone.  He is very healthy and energetic. We try to get him out for a good walk 4-6 times a day. Typically he is well-behaved on walks but he has to have space to work out his zoomies. He's also not learned the danger of cars... considering his deafness, he really shouldn't be allowed in traffic situation without a leash. He also loves to play fetch with his tennis balls and tugging at his rope toys. He's also a huge fan of the rawhide bone, particularly snuggled right up alongside whoever is close by... mostly cute, but kind of gross! Unfortunately, we've discovered that with our work schedules having changed the way they have since we adopted him that we can't give him the amount of attention he really needs. He loves to play and really seems to have no end to his energy. While it's a great sign of his health it's also a challenge for two people that work full time. It's important that he has something to keep his mind occupied... or it becomes whatever he can get in his mouth. We suspect that the best environment for him would be a place where he has company but also room to use all that energy to run off his leash.

Contact info: Jon Brannon - (304) 922-1362 (no calls before 9am or after 9pm) 

William Murphy (270) 922-0496 (can be called any time of day, but leave voicemail to have call returned)

Located in Huntington WV - neutered and UTD on vetting

Hello my name is Chestnut, but my foster mom called me Fozzy Chestnut. I am deaf, but please don't let that one aspect of mine have you over look me. I am still very capable of doing things as other non deaf K-9's can do. I am housebroken and love to go for walks. I enjoy going outside and following my foster family around the yard.I came into the humane society as a stray and am looking for a new family. My foster family helped me to come out of my shell and gave me a break from shelter life for a few weeks. While I was there, I showed lots of love towards her two children and the smaller dog.I really like children of all ages. I like to walk over and nudge your hand with my face for attention and love it when you scratch my back and pet my head. I also like to sleep on the bed at night with people if they will allow me to. If not that's ok too. I'm content sleeping on the floor. My foster mom had some other animals too. I think they called them cats. I am very curious about them and do like to follow them around. These creatures are very interesting to me, but they just don't seem to like me much. I'm and old sweet soul, who has a lot of life left in me. Will you please come and visit me.. I have been patiently waiting for my new family so I can live out the remainder of my life with you.

the Humane Society of Charles County

Wheel Chair Dogs
We have a wonderful adopter of a fabulous wheelchair dog that has offered to speak with anyone needing assistance with your paralyzed dog.  Please contact Elizabeth at 

We will not be accepting anymore paralyzed dogs into the rescue.  The 5 we are currently caring for have filled our spaces for wheelchair/incontinent dogs.  Thank you.

Brody is a sweetheart of a frenchie. He is a 10 yr old neutered male French bulldog with IVDD which appeared within the last year (DOB 4/16/2007). When he's not crawling around town, he uses his very cool set of walkin wheels to hit the town or fetch a ball (his fave). When he's not on his wheels, he gets around well in areas with grass and rugs/carpet. He is very sweet and gentle, well-behaved and has several tricks up his sleeve (can play dead with bang bang, sit, speak, lay down, high five either front paw, go to bed, etc). He loves to sunbathe and take long naps--a very calm and old souls he is.


A bit about his past: Brody was rescued from a breeder at around 7 months as the breeder say they could not sell him. The breeder would have put him down due to his grade 4 heart murmur and asked to remain anonymous. With the support of a great team of cardiologists, Brody has since undergone a balloon valvuloplasty and recovered excellently. He now has IVDD with no pain response in his back legs, he can stand up on all fours for a bit given a good gripped surface, he wears diapers for when he urinates (which he cannot control), and loves to lick and give kisses to all.

Charlotte - Los Angeles, CA 951.329.7466

Due to my failing health I have a rescue dog in a wheel chair that needs a new home.  Brian was shot and thrown in the woods to die.  By the time he was found, he had lost a lot of weight because he couldn’t move.  We took him in and started putting weight back on him and had him completely checked out by our vet.  Because he was shot he does not have use of his rear legs or control of his bowel and bladder.  He is a happy go lucky dog, loves food and treats.  We bought him an Eddie’s Wheel Cart so he could run around in the back yard.  He loves it and runs around like crazy.  He is up to date on all his shots, neutered,  about  2 years old, heartworm free, blond in color and listed as a mixed breed, weights about 26 lbs.  He is located in East Providence, RI.

His bed, cart, and blankets go with him.  He is on anti seizure pills twice a day as he had seizures in the past.  Anti seizure pills are cheap and are put in his food.  See the picture of Brian.

If you are interested in adopting Brian please call Ken at 401-569-2554, Thank you.

Sandy von Saydee is a beautiful 18 month old German Shepherd at Westside German Shepherd Rescue. She has a sad tale to tell -- even we don’t know all the details -- but we do know she is a heroic survivor. Sandy was found by some Good Samaritans in the Central Valley who kept her safe but needed to find a permanent place for her. Westside didn’t know at that time that Sandy’s back had been broken in the past and healed on its own. There is no surgery that can help her now. One of our vets said it is a miracle she can even walk, -- which she does well -- but needs a protective boot so she doesn’t hurt her back foot, which she drags a little. She has no feeling in her tail and no feeling in her back end. She will have to wear diapers unless she is romping outside with her doggy friends or you!

We know it will take a special person to give beautiful Sandy a home, but that person will be so rewarded because Sandy has so much to offer -- she is smart, loving and so appreciative.

If you would like to meet this Wonder Girl, please complete a  Westside German Shepherd application so that we can contact you. Go to the following link for an application:

My name is Harmony, I was born with no muscles in my back legs but I get around just fine, I was born July 7, 2014.  I do all my "business" outside all on my own - and although I have a wheelchair, I'm still afraid to use it.

My owner (and best friend) is moving on a military base and can't take me with her but I want to go to a good home that will love and care for me as much as she does. She is looking for a good home for me or help in placing me with a good family

Harmony is located in Roseville MI.

Contact Ashley for more information at (586) 360-0079 call or text and email address

KARMA - 9 mo old - I found Karma in a storm drain when she was roughly 6 weeks old. She was only 1lb 2oz. A week later she was basically dead on the Vets exam table with an unknown internal infection. She stayed at the Vets and got better. 2 weeks after Karma came back from the Vets she suffered 2 broken back legs. She was in the backyard with a bigger dog. The bigger dog took off running and her legs got caught in his tether. She was casted for 7 weeks. Due to cast being on for so long and it being during her prime growing stage her ligaments got super tight and she can no longer bend her legs. 1 legs has slight bend to it and the other does not. She does not let it slow her down one bit. She uses both her back legs at the same time so it's kind of like she is a tripod dog. Except her legs aren't missing! At 7 months old, Karma came down with Parvo. One again she beat the odds and survived! Karma was supposed to be a "get her well and find her a good home" puppy. Something is always happening to her so I have yet to find her a home. I am hoping with your help it will be possible. She is fairly small. Only about 40lbs. She is very skinny in the back end because she has zero muscle. She eats wet and hard food 2 times a day but doesn't gain back there. I gave her the birth date of August 12th from the Vets age estimate. She is fully potty trained. She is an awesome guard dog. She is not yet spayed. Our vet said it will be kind of difficult because the cannot maneuver her legs out of the way. If needed we came make them slather before she goes to a new home. She is UTD on shots, including rabies.

If you would like to know more please don't hesitate to ask. I am willing to travel for the right home. (depending on distance of course)  Contact Nicole

Penney she is a five year old dachshund mix. She has been living a good life with a retired couple although she sustained a back injury about 18 months ago they were determined to do what ever it took to care for her. She had spinal surgery but it was not successful. She does have a little function in her back legs she can kick them and every once in a while she lifts herself up. She scoots around just fine and uses her cart to run and play outdoors. Of course she needs help using the bathroom she does great as long as she is on a schedule she is stimulated to use the bathroom over a litter pan just like most dogs if she get excited she does have accidents she has potty pants to wear in the house just in case. This past February her human dad passed away from a heart attack and now her mom due to health reasons is finding it hard to care for her on her own. She has multiple sclerosis and has back problems plus had to have knee surgery this past March. She is afraid of falling with Penny and both of them getting injured. It breaks her heart but feels like it would be the best thing for both of them to find her a new home. She will come with all her supplies ( cart, beds, toys, potty pants, drag bag, food ect)

She is up to date on her shots and has been on heart worm prevention. She is very sweet does good with older children gets along with other dogs. She lives with two cats but does get excited when she sees a new cat. She would make a great pet for the right person. Please contact Tammy Ledford at 940-636-8776 e-mail . Penny is located in Wichita Falls TX would be willing to drive Penny to her new home or meet half way.

Seau’s story:

Seau is a 2 ½ year old Pit Bull. He was rescued at the San Diego Dog pound. Seau is a lovable dog and faithful to his owner. He loves being with people and is as gentle as kitty cat. He weighs about 55 pounds and is disabled. He currently cannot walk on his own. On June 30th Seau escaped from the backyard and ended up getting hit by a car. We didn’t want to put him down and decided to opt for surgery. After surgery he was in the animal hospital for 3 weeks before finally being released. The Surgery was successful and the doctors said he has 50/50 chance to walk again in 6 months, his tail wags occasionally and have seen him move his back legs a few time as well. We have to find a home for him as the house he currently lives in will be soon vacant and for sale and then will not have any place for him. Putting him under is NOT an option as this sweet dog deserves a loving owner who will give him the unconditional love he deserves.


Susie is three years old .she broke her back three months ago jumping over a pile of boards in her back yard .

Her owner is going to put her to sleep if I can't find her a home or foster . She is a cocker pooh about 19 lbs. She has had a bad card thrown at her but she should live a full life.. please someone help me save her...we have until fri day 6/23/2017...

She had surgery and has no feeling i n her back end..

She uses a chair when they put her in number is 352-288-0493  or email me at 

Hi-My name is Zeke. I was hit by a car and when I crawled home my "person" tied me out in the yard and did nothing for me for 6mo's. I was finally rescued and the organization put me on Facebook. I was then rescued by a woman who took me to the vet to see if I could be "mended". They said "no" but I tested positive for heart worms and so I began hw medicine. I go in Sept to get xrays to see if they are all gone. I live with 2 fursisters and my "mom". I would like more time with "mom" but she has "work", whatever that is? She also takes care of her mom, my fursisters and me and everything else. She's a great "mom" and got me all healthy, but I need someone who has more time for ME!!

I have a cart, diapers, drag bag, harness for lifting. I am on hw preventative now so I won't get those things again-YUCK!! I am UTD on all vaccines. I love belly rubs, eating and playing. I am crate trained. I am ready to settle into my furever home.

Please contact me at: 

Vet references and referrals will be checked. He is located S.E PA-20 miles N. of Philadelphia

Ben was brought to our cities kill shelter one week after being hit with a baseball bat by a neighbor kid of the owner. He apparently had been getting worse each day and the owner did not want to pay his medical expenses so he surrendered him to Indianapolis Animal Care and Control. He brought Ben to the shelter in a bucket.

We are a small rescue in the city and we offered to take him in. Sadly, his back was too damaged to repair. Had they gotten to it right after it happened, there may have been a chance. There are no broken bones, just a very ruptured disc.

Ben LOVES other dogs, loves to play outside, loves to chase squirrels and loves to bask and bay in the sun. He LOVES to go for walks in his wheelchair and has little trouble getting around. The challenge we have with Ben, is that he has some baggage left over from his first 5 years. Either from the owner just leaving him outside, or the kids in the neighborhood picking on him. Plus, he’s a stubborn beagle, and if he doesn’t want to come inside or move away from something he’s interested in – he can get upset. If you push it – he will bite. When he’s cornered, and can’t run away – and you reach to pick him up, he gets upset. He is VERY treat motivated however – so a good piece of hot dog or treat, he’ll do whatever you want. You need to be willing to walk away when he is cornered – he’ll come to you soon enough.

Ben is 5 years old – and comes with EVERYTHING you would need. His wheelchair, drag bags, etc. He does not have full control over his bowels – if you watch him – you can tell when he needs to go out. He is good about having his bladder expressed.

He has had water therapy, swimming, acupuncture and laser therapy – he’s very good with it all. The right acupuncturist can get him to stand for few minutes. He really is a delightful dog with tons of personality. He’s very smart and snuggly and would rather be challenged than pitied.

Robin --------------------
 Lucky Dog Retreat Rescue, Inc. 5990 E. 71st Street, Suite G Indianapolis, IN 46220 (317) 750-3587 cell phone  Website:

Three legged Dogs

Dogs with Minor Challenges

DIESEL is an almost 9 year-old male Yorkshire Terrier, he is being fostered in Clearwater, Florida, in a United Yorkie Rescue foster home. He is 10.5 solid pounds of sweetness. He would be best in a home where he is the only dog as he loves to be the center of attention. He would be just the perfect dog for an active person or couple, or even a family with children over the age of 14. Although he is social with people, young children do make him skittish.

Unfortunately, Diesel lost his original human momma who sadly passed away too soon in the spring. During her life, Diesel was very well cared for and loved when living with her. The remaining family was unable to keep him and asked us for help re-homing him. His name suits him well, as he is a confident little boy who is not easily intimidated.

Diesel has adjusted well to his new surroundings. He is very sweet and is quite affectionate. He is insistent on being the center of attention and follows his foster momma around constantly. Diesel is an energetic fellow who is very playful. His absolute favorite game is “fetch” with his favorite toys. As long as you are willing to throw the toy he will retrieve it, bring it back to you, and be ready to do it again. Diesel is also content to just lounge about so he has his quiet, tranquil times, too.

Diesel is mostly house-trained, but has occasional accidents if he’s not taken out right after eating – especially in the morning, as he is an early riser. He is happiest when he’s hanging out in the middle of whatever his foster parents are doing together.

Diesel has a condition called Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency or EPI. You can read about this condition here: 

His condition means that his pancreas does not make the enzymes necessary for food digestion. This is easily managed by a special diet and the addition of special enzyme power to his food twice a day. As long as he gets his enzymes added to his food there are no problems. However, he MUST get this in order for his body to digest his food. Without the enzymes, no matter what or how much Diesel eats it will be as if he was consuming nothing at all and he will rapidly lose weight and literally starve. He also takes a daily dose of Benadryl and a fish oil supplement at appropriate Yorkie-dosage levels to help reduce effects of minor seasonal allergies that cause him to lick his paws and furniture excessively. The cost of the medicine is less than $30 a month, but you would be getting such a great dog who would love you forever. Now that is priceless.

Diesel gets easily excited, especially when it is time to go outside. The vet told his foster parents to try to keep him from jumping because of the low grade luxating patella of his knee – this is a common condition in yorkies. It is not anything that requires surgery and an over-the-counter doggie tablet of glucosamine can help. Diesel does not appear to be in any pain and it has not slowed him down at all. His foster parents have been training him to sit and patiently wait to go out or retrieve his treat and he is responding well to voice commands and hand signals. He is a very smart dog and a quick learner.

Diesel just had a dental with 3 teeth extracted, He is up-to-date on all his vaccinations, neutered and micro-chipped. Diesel is a very well-mannered dog who needs a special adopter that will be committed to his care and will be very diligent about adding the enzyme power to his food. Yes, he is a great dog and his needs are so minor compared to all the love he will give back. He loves to play, loves to cuddle, gives great kisses, and in almost every way he is a perfect dog for just the right person or people. Please give Diesel a chance, you won’t be sorry.

Contact information: Foster Dad  Please note: An Adoption Application is required by United Yorkie Rescue, along with a vet check, personal reference checks and a home visit. Please visit our website  to complete/submit an adoption application for Diesel.

The shelter volunteer wrote to us and said , " I can't say enough about how beautiful and delicate she is. She is very lady like and just so calm and loving. She is HW positive....but, can you help her. Her time is up"

Ruby showed up at someone's house as a stray and they brought her to the shelter. I heard from the person who found her. She was good with the cat and wanted to get in the house like she was used to living in the house. Very sweet dog!

Quite simply, her time was up and she was next on the list to be euthanized. Enough said. We took her and are so glad that we did. She's proven to be one of the sweetest dogs we seen!

Currently Rudy is in foster care in Chelmsford, MA. where she lives with four children of all ages, three dogs and two cats. Her foster family says she simply fit right in from the first day and they adore her. She was heart worm treated, spayed, microchipped and brought current on all vaccines. She's around 2 years old. Anyone who knows the temperament of a coon hound knows..........THEY ARE TOTALLY DEVOTED TO THEIR HUMANS, THEY ARE KIND GENTLE DOGS AND WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER!

We learned that Ruby is "special needs" when we rescue her. She has a rear leg that shakes when standing. Her legs and hip area were x-rayed and tested and she does not have any pain as a result of this. She can run and play like any normal dog. After testing, our vet felt Ruby was exposed to distemper at some point in her life and this shaking is a result of that. It cannot be cured but should also not get is what it is and makes her just more "SPECIAL" TO US.

This girl is a GEM and should NOT be missed if you are a hound lover

Toni Diamond.  Diamond Dogs Rescue, Inc

JASMINE is ready for adoption! She's a 5 yr old diabetic Olde English Bulldog that someone through away as garbage as soon as she got sick but not before making money off of as many litters as the poor baby could spit out. When we first met Jasmine even the vet wasn't sure she was gonna make it. She has beat cancer and is fighting the diabetes with all of her being. This girl has amazed us from day one with her sheer will to live, to love and to be loved. She fought her way back from nothing with no grumbling and griping, no whining and crying and just eternally grateful for the helping hand and to have the love she has never known. Jasmine needs to be the only pet. She does not like sharing her attention and love with any other furry babies. She is housebroken and does not chew anything or tear anything up. Jasmine is a super calm girl and is very good to get her blood sugar checked and her insulin shots especially considering she is almost 80 pounds. She will bark to let you know someone is there but meets everyone with love. She is amazing with all size babies and kids. We are hoping for a miracle here. She is rotated out with several other dogs because of her dog aggression and its just not fair to her. Shes a total love and so easy to handle. Jasmine just wants to be a couch potato and the center of your world. Even her vets office brags on how calm she is and how she will go to sleep in the middle of a exam just from being petted. Jasmine has the best spirit of any dog I've ever met. Jasmine is completely vetted and heartworm negative.

Will you open up your home to this special needs girl? If so please contact Mary Lavinghouse 601-590-2373 located in Picayune Ms but can arrange transport just about anywhere for the right adopters. All fees are waived but checks will be done to be sure its the perfect home for our girl. 


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