DOGS ARE ACCEPTED IN THE PROGRAM
(we do not
take cats into the rescue)
AND WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
Rescue is an appropriate
solution to helping your dog with a disability transition into a new
home. In fact, rescue is one of the best ways for a blind,
deaf, or wheelchair bound dog to find the right home. We are
extremely cautious about adopting dogs into well matched homes, so
we care for your dog as if he or she was our own.
There are numerous reasons to give up your
dog - life changes, but mostly many people are just unable
to care for their dog once they have become disabled. While we want
to help every dog in need, we evaluate each one very carefully since we
cannot handle aggression. A dog with a
disability that also has behavior issues will be impossible for us to
handle and find potential adopters. Please keep in mind - our primary
purpose is RESCUE, which includes re-homing the dogs accepted at PWD -
therefore, please understand, we can only consider ADOPTABLE dogs into
our rescue. Dogs must be able to get along with other dogs and
be able to manage on their own throughout the day. Our intention is
not to accept dogs needing permanent sanctuary. We are no longer accepting
wheelchair dogs or incontinent dogs - due to those spaces being filled.
We are volunteering our efforts, time and
energy to help dogs find appropriate homes but we are in no way,
specialists in aggressive issues. We do accept dogs of all
ages and most disabilities.
The cost of care for the number
of dogs here is very high with food, medical treatment, heartworm testing
and preventative, frontline for fleas & ticks, toys & bedding as
well as the overhead for lights, heating, cleaning and maintenance of the
rescue where the dogs play and run. The average cost per dog in our
rescue is $500.
with Disabilities accepts dogs
from shelters and directly from individuals, helping to keep them out
of shelters. There is no funding for what we do except through donations
from individuals, relinquishment fees and adoption fees. We
cover whatever costs come up to care for your dog while they are here.
We never turn a dog away from rescue if a donation is not given, BUT we
cannot rescue dogs without financial support from others. We request a
$300+ donation when relinquishing your dog to us. The dogs that come
to us will probably spend months with us, before finding the
right home. We are a one of a kind rescue. The dogs flourish
here, and get adjusted quite quickly. (We can discuss "donation
options" if you are unable to provide the donation at the time of
Additionally, you must provide detailed
information about your dog's behavior which helps us help the dog quicker. Once relinquished to PWD, the dog is now ours to care
for and cannot be returned.
Our general procedure is to submit a completed
relinquishment form, then we talk with you over the phone, then have
the dog evaluated (by us, another rescue person or a trainer), then you
transport the dog to us in Maryland.
We are more than happy to keep you informed
as to when your dog has been placed. We love to share the good news!
But, we don't feel it's appropriate to connect the new adopter to you
because they need to feel the dog they are adopting is theirs now, with no
strings attached. We do, however, give new adopters the opportunity
to contact the former guardians, if they like. It is their choice.
Any donations you'd like to
make at the time of surrender are welcome.... dog's toys, bedding,
food, collar, leash...we will pass along whatever you provide to the new