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The following dogs are available for adoption from Pets with Disabilities - we are located in Southern Maryland.  WE WILL ONLY ADOPT DOGS INTO OUR REGION -which includes MD, VA, WV, DE, NJ, PA & NY (ie within a 6 hr drive of the rescue)

Please email us for additional information concerning a specific dog - the adoption process will begin with a completed application.

THANK YOU for your generosity!!

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

Blind Dogs Deaf Dogs 3 legged & physical disabilities New Arrivals Unavailable

If you follow our website you may have noticed PWD rescues many hounds with disabilities.  You might ask why?  
I wanted to talk a little bit about the truth and the misconceptions of hounds.

One of the biggest misconceptions of hounds is that they are loud smelly stupid hunting dogs, and have no business being house pets.   Once these dogs  realize the comforts a home,  and it happens pretty quickly,  believe me the they LOVE  it, and a warm cozy home is far better than being a hunting dog.   And yes they can become lazy sofa pups.   

Many potential adopters fear their barking but in reality they are pretty quiet and many hounds end up homeless because they are quiet or hurt and can no longer hunt. Hounds were bred to hunt in packs of 2-4 dogs, so they are extremely social.  One of the greatest advantages of rescuing this breed of dog - we rarely have to worry about hounds with the other dogs at the rescue, and they will do GREAT at dog parks.  Most  hounds love people and generally do great with kids and if raised around cats  they do well with them as well.   They are not bred to be aggressive - most hounds don’t have a mean bone in their body and will do almost anything to stay away from a fight! 

Lastly, many people think they need Fort Knox  fencing,  and yes this might be true for some hounds but for the hounds we have rescued,  they  don’t stray away from their comfort zone.  I personally trail walk with one of our blind hounds, totally off lead, and she will never stray far from me or the trail.  She exemplifies the  character of a great hound.  Anyone that has met Megan,  truly understand the heart of a hound.   

Bottom line, they make great dogs to have here at PWD! - Joyce

Meet the Blind dogs at Pets with Disabilities
Living with a blind dog is very similar to living with a sighted dog - many of the blind dogs at the rescue where born blind, so they are fearless in their movements and have acute hearing and smelling senses.  They may bump into something, but it's usually only once.  When we open the apartments doors - they come out the door, down the hall, and into the yard without missing a beat.  They will all jump up on their futon beds, and they like toys, and some how they always know where their person is for the hugs and belly rubs.  We really like our blind rescues to have a fenced yard and railings on any stairways.  We encourage you to open your heart to a blind dog - they will repay you with their huge heart!!


Name: Oprah
Age: 3 years
Breed/Weight:  Besingi mix, 40 lbs.
Disability:  Blind

History: Oprah lived in an extremely over crowed shelter, a volunteer reached out to a few rescues to help and we responded.    

Our eye doctor has confirmed Oprah's blindness was definitely caused by a traumatic incident. So sad to think this beautiful dog once had eyesight, and because of the actions of humans, she can no longer see.  Although Oprah's short life has been extremely heartbreaking, and you see from the past and present pictures, SHE is a survivor. 

The first month Oprah was with us, she was extremely shy, timid and frighten - but she has blossomed.  Once she realized she was safe, she warmed up to us, wagging her tail as we begin our day. She loves being outside soaking up the sun, and will curl up on a bed inside. She is house trained, very alert and independent.  A fenced in area would be ideal, but we think she would benefit from leash walking with her adopter.

OPRAH UPDATE:   We placed Oprah in a great foster home this past month, she has been there for a little over 2 weeks.  In her short time there, her foster has noted she learns the lay of the land and routine very quickly.  She loves having an easy going companion dog around for their trips outside.  While she is great on a leash, she does need a fenced in area for her bathroom time.  During her outside time, she often rolls in the grass to scratch her back once she is comfortable in her environment. Oprah is slow to warm up but eventually comes out of her shell more and more each day. She now greets her human foster when she comes home with a wagging tail and nuzzles her nose into her.  She’s also been spotted doing to the same to her fur brother after he took a trip to the vet and even dropped a bone by him one day when he was a little under the weather.  Oprah is also cat and rabbit friendly, and is successfully learning how to do navigate stairs.  

Oprah is ready to find her family. Her ideal family would welcome her with kindness, patience and understanding. She is ready to progress in her socialization. Oprah's shyness comes with absolutely NO aggression, so some good treats and time, we know she'll be a fabulous addition to a patient family. The reward will be worth the journey with this little girl.  She would also do well with a balanced  easy going male dog as a mentor.

PWD Angel

Thank you to  Millie Groobey for being Oprah's angel!

Thank you to Kimberly Kinsey for being Oprah's angel!

Meet the Deaf dogs at Pets with Disabilities
Living with a deaf dog has many advantages!  You can come in the front door, put your coat and bags down, before they know you're there and the greetings begin.  They are not thunder phobic.  The door bell does not create chaos.  Deaf dogs create a tremendous bond with their guardians - all communication is done with sight, so their eyes are always "on you".  We have met many people that have enjoyed learning "doggie sign language" and gotten creative in their heart connections to their dogs.  Deaf dogs seem to wag their tails as hard as any hearing dog, they love to chase their toys, cuddle, get belly rubs, and be with their person.  If you'd like a companion that won't complain about your singing voice or how loud you keep the TV - but will completely bond to your heart and moods -  experience the special relationship the deaf dogs love to have.

Name:  Bishop
Age: 4 -5 years old
Disability: Deaf
Breed/Weight:  Lemon Hound,  50 pounds

History:  Bishop was surrendered to a Virginia shelter as a stray. 

Bishop is a handsome hound, who is a true testament to the reputation of the wonderful temperament of the lemon hound. (we just love lemon hounds here at PWD)  A fun, active, goofy pup, that will put a smile on your face.  He just loves life.  He has flourished here at PWD and has made many new friends here. A sweet gentle soul good with people, dogs and cats! Bishop would do great in a secure fenced in area, with a playful hearing buddy or two.

He was also a  shelter favorite describing him as  gentle, quiet and affectionate. He has become a PWD favorite too! Another beautiful sweet hound that is ready for find his forever home. As with all our deaf and/or blind dogs - a fenced yard is a REQUIREMENT for his new home.

A sweet gentle soul good with people, dogs and cats! Bishop would do great in a secure fenced in area, with a playful hearing buddy. Bishop would also do very well as an only dog!

If you are interested in meeting him, please complete our Adoption Application

Meet the the 3 legged dogs and dogs with other physical disabilities - at Pets with Disabilities
We know these dogs have physical "disabilities" you can see - but they certainly don't have a disabled spirit.  They manage their missing leg or physical imperfection without missing a beat.  Their hearts are open, their eyes pleading for acceptance.  They may not be running marathons, but they will win your heart.

Age: 8 years
Weight: 40  lbs.
Disability:  infection in rear leg, needs amputation
Breed: Lab  mix

A local vet office asked if we could step in on Summer's behalf (Unfortunately her family was unable to take on the expense or care she needed). Summer, 8 years old, suffered severe trauma to her left rear leg. Left untreated & now extremely infected to the point she needs immediate specialized medical care. Summer will undergo an amputation and will remain in the hospital until she is stable and healthy to return to PWD and find a forever family.

Sweet Summer has returned to PWD after her amputation surgery. She is adjusting well and has now entered a new chapter in her life. She will be looking 15 pounds lighter and like a brand new lady in no time! Three legged life will be much easier once we get her to a healthy weight. One thing is for sure about this sugar face girl, she is sweet as pie and will make someone an awesome companion ❤️

Thank you all for your well wishes for Summer- they are working and her new life has begun!

Gracelyn, now Roxy, has been adopted by a great couple who  adore their 3 legged pups! Roxy's new brother is also 3 legged! "Roxy is doing great! She has mastered the doggie door and does fairly well going up ad downstairs. Instead of the nice orthopedic bed we got for her she prefers the couch, LOL. Roxy has a lot of personality and is very playful. She and Zeppelin are yard pals and are constantly on squirrel and rabbit patrol, thanks PWD  she is a great addition to our family." 

Name: Gracelyn
Age: 4 years old
Disability: Missing part of her right leg, possible amputation needed
Breed/Weight: Lab Retriever mix 40 lbs.

History. Gracelyn landed at PWD when her family could no longer care for her.

Gracelyn is a very quiet regal easy going dog. She is house trained, leash trained, cat friendly and a great car rider. She loves human attention but is absolutely fine chilling on her own with a big knucklebone. She is a 10 in our book and would be an awesome companion for any family! She was in a foster home for a few weeks, from her foster mom: "We had the opportunity to take care of Gracelyn for a short time. During the time she was in our home we had no problems with her. She found a spot she liked to lay, and she was happy and content. Gracelyn is fine with other dogs, likes to chew on an occasional bone. She did not seem very interested in toys. She loves a big comfy bed, and enjoyed to be massaged under her neck area. We noticed she can be a fearful with loud noises. She loved running in our yard! Gracelyn is good with children and women, she seems to shy away a bit from men. As she got comfortable with my husband she was fine. She is sweet loving dog for a family willing to give her the love she deserves. "

Rosie has been adopted.  This family returned to PWD to find a hopeful companion for their daughter. We all felt Rosie was up for the task.  And she definitely fit the bill!

What a  great family to adopt  another dog in need but in return Rosie has totally bonded with their daughter! Thank you from all of us at PWD. 

Name:  Rosebud,  aka Rosie
Age: 1-2 years
Weight: 40  lbs.
Disability:  Broken jaw and rear leg,  all healed and no surgical intervention needed
Breed: Hound  mix
History:  Sweet Rosie was adopted out by a GA shelter, but then was abandoned by her family on a dirt road with a couple of her pups. She and her pups were luckily rescued by a good Samaritan, who got her to safety and transported to PWD. Rosie is a very sweet quiet dog here at PWD. Rosy was a bit shy the first few days then  adjusted to her new surroundings and became playful with the other dogs. She is now in a foster home and coming out of her shell even more! She is doing great with children, other dogs and is gaining more and more confidence every day! She would be a great addition to any family!! Welcome to a better life  Rosie!  Hopefully your forever family will be here soon too!

Not so graceful Gracie has officially been ADOPTED!

We are so happy to share the news that she has landed with a wonderful family that connected with her immediately. These two were not afraid of Gracie’s brain abnormalities one bit . She continues to grow and thrive each week learning new things. A BIG congratulations to Gracie and a bigger thank you to her parents for having an open mind and an even bigger heart ❤️ We can’t wait to see what her future holds and will certainly keep in touch.

Here is an update from Gracie’s Mom and Dad: “Gracie has been the most amazing addition to our family. She has the best personality and her spunky energy is infectious. She's enjoyed chasing our other dog, Mya, around the yard and playing tug of war. When she's not running circles around the house, you might find her sprawled out at our feet or curled up on her "moms" lap. We are forever grateful for finding PWD and for them taking a chance and allowing us to foster this little one, who is now part of our family!”

Name:  Gracie
Age:    6 - 7 months old
Disability:  Brain abnormalities
Breed/Weight:   Golden Retriever,  20 lbs.

History: Gracie was relinquished to our local shelter. We got her to our neurologist immediately where imaging was perform on her brain, and numerous brain abnormalities were discovered. Her doctor believes something most likely happened to her in utero. Gracie will not get better,nor will she get worse, and honestly there is no way to predict what she is capable of learning.   

Gracie is an adorable happy young pup. However, due to her complex brain issues, she will need a patient and compassionate person, or an older/mature family (no children under the age of 15) to help her achieve goals, train her in creative ways, and continue learning about her as she gets older. Gracie is a miracle —it takes a few seconds for her to understand what you want her to do, then she finally gets it.   She is amazing to witness. At this point we believe a one level home in a quiet environment would be best for her and someone who has time to work with her. 

She can be placed with  other dogs,  BUT the dogs also must be patient and tolerant of her. She might be best as an only dog, as she gets very stimulated with too much action. Gracie definitely will entertain herself, enjoys human attention, and is slowly  learning  how to socialize with dogs.

PWD Angel

Thank you to Michelle Grimes for being Gracie's angel!


Name: Rocky
Age: 7 months old
Weight: 35 lbs.
Disability: 3 legged
Breed:  Border collie

History: A kind Samaritan witnessed Rocky being hit by a car and the driver drove off. Fortunately for Rocky she stopped, scooped him up and got him to a vet, but his leg injury was so severe he needed an amputation.

It's not very often we have a young pup here, so hopefully we can find this vibrant smart pup a home very fast! Rocky stayed in a foster home after surgery. His foster mom  noted, "besides being adorable, Rocky does not let his 3 legs deter him, he is active, playful, and very smart and eager to learn."     

Like many border collies, he totally understands what is expected of him. When Rocky arrived at PWD, he got used to the new routine at the rescue  overnight! He loves people, understands dogs, playful with the ones that will play with him and understands when the older ones want to  him to keep his distance.  He is also very respectful of the older dogs here.  He also has shown no anxiety when left alone, and entertains himself with a Kong or knucklebone. He is a great dog!    

If you are interested in meeting him, please complete our Adoption Application


Our young 3 legged hound did not stay too long,  because one of his transporters simply fell in love during the 2 hours she spent with him in the car! Mojo, now Cam, has settle  nicely in his new home in Virginia, with his very  rescue friendly family!  A note from his new fur mom,  " Cam plays hard with his doggie sister and 2 doggie brothers and even licks the cats ears.  Cam loves everyone and the feeling is mutual. He is very treat motivated and his training has been a breeze.  We are so happy that we added him to our family"  Thank you PWD!

(thank you too, for volunteering your time to transport and falling in love with him!)

Name:  Mojo
Age: 7 months old
Weight: 40  lbs.
Disability: 3 legged
Breed: Hound

History: Mojo was seen at dumpster, walking 2 legged.  He was severely injured. He lost one leg and luckily, we were able to fix the other leg. What a traumatic life he has had for only being 6 months old,  severely injured and looking for food.  Mojo was rescued by a kind person who witnessed him by the dumpster, and got him to the vet, when we were contacted. 

Mojo too stayed with a foster home after surgery. His foster mom  noted, "Mojo is a very playful energetic boy. Having a missing front leg does not slow him down. He is a bit clumsy at times (front end gets over balanced) d/t it, but that does not seem to bother him. He is in play mode 75% of the time. He loves for you to through a ball for him and play with stuffed animal with him. He likes chew toys. One of his favorite things to do though is to put his one front leg in your lap, so you can hold and rub his head. He LOVES his head and face rubbed on. He is a little lover. He loves to hug and give kisses. If I had to sum Mojo up in just a few words it would be “Mr. happy go luck”.   He’s always in a good mood." 

Mojo arrived at PWD, and wow, what a great dog. He loves everyone and is great with dogs, cats, children, and adults! Welcome to a better life Mojo! Hopefully your forever family will be here soon too!

Name:  Sally
Age: 3 years old
Disability:  Missing Left eye, from past injury
Breed/Weight:  Terrier Mix, 38 pounds

History:  Sally was a stray in a West Virginia shelter 

Sally has been in various foster homes as well as on-site at the PWD facility. However, she thrives in a home environment with a routine and lots of structure. She is a fast learner who wants nothing more than to please her owner and received their love and approval. While Sally may initially appear very high energy, she is learning each day to greet humans and other dogs more politely. She’s a confident, alpha female who would be good as an only dog or with a larger, non-reactive companion.

This one-eyed gal loves to play with humans or by herself. Tennis balls, squeaky toys and skinneez are some of her favorites. She also does puzzles and loves pupsicles (wet food frozen with water) on hot afternoons! Once playtime is over, Sally curls up near her foster for some much needed sleep.

Sally LOVES to give kisses to humans and other dogs and even lives with cats and a rabbit in her foster home. Normally, it is a peaceful setting unless one runs from Sally and she thinks they are playing chase! Therefore, she is working on her ‘here’ recall. While she occasionally has accidents due to excitement or changes, she has responded very well with structured routines and quiet time in her crate. Sally is perfectly crate trained and walks well on a leash. She knows the following commands- sit, down, off, stay, touch, watch, leave it, here, crate) and learns more each week at obedience class.

Within two weeks of being in her recent foster home, she patiently awaits mealtime by sitting and waiting for the ok command to begin eating. She also sits for her leash to be taken on and off when going out. She’s currently working on ‘leave it’ with treats (so tough as she’s food driven)! Sally is an absolute love and will bring her owner lots of joy!

If you are interested in meeting her, please complete our Adoption Application

PWD Angel

Thank you to  Pamela Park for being Sally's angel!

PWD Angel  Be a Pets with Disabilities Angel!
All the dogs at Pets with Disabilities, have special needs, otherwise they would not be here. In today's society dogs and cats can no longer get sick, old or physically disabled. Whether they were abandoned, rejected or someone's life changed and they no longer fit in, they are counting on us to help them transition to a new life. They will either stay with us, or they will be rehomed carefully to the right people or families. So if you see a dog in our rescue that tugs out your heart please become his or her angel. Thank You!!

For $350 (less then $1/day) - you can matter in the life of a dog - Receive an "angel magnet" and updates from your dog.....  or for just $30/month - sponsor a dog living at PWD or waiting for their forever home.

New Arrivals


Disabled Dogs at PWD currently unavailable for adoption 


These dogs will have extended time at the rescue for healing, rehab or socialization.   
Pets with Disabilities needs on-going operational funds to support the care for these dogs.   
Along with being physically disabled,  these  dogs  were neglected  in other ways  and need extra 
medical  care from us;  or  dogs  that need to be quarantined and special monitoring;  
or dogs come to us with emotional scars and  need some extra TLC....... 
We hope in time these dogs will come around and a forever home will be found.   
We cannot carry the load alone.   Please generously support Pets with Disabilities.  Thank you

Disabled Dogs that have a permanent home at PWD 

These dogs are not available for adoption, 
but of course need to be cared for everyday by the sole caretaker at the rescue

Huey - Deaf Dog

Ernie - wheelchair dog

Dixie - wheelchair dog

Megan - Blind dog

Hank prosthetic foot

Lucy -  3 legged

Sandy - broken back

Pierce - Club feet

Charlotte - wheelchair dog

Janie -  ???

Blaze - Blind dog

Maverick - Seizure dog

Clyde - Neurological issues

- Cancer

Kobe - Severe Medical


Click here to meet the PWD residents

With 12 permanent resident's we have limited space - and very limited resources to add dogs to the rescue program.  We can only take ADOPTABLE disabled dogs - with no temperament issues.  We will always provide whatever assistance we can - but, that won't always mean we have room at Pets with Disabilities.


the Duke & Misty Memorial Fund

The sole purpose of the Duke & Misty Memorial Fund is to provide funding to support the needs of paralyzed wheelchair dogs.  These funds will be used to purchase wheelchairs for needy families wanting to keep their dogs, for educational and support resources,  and to seek out extraordinary people to help dogs like Duke and Misty find their way to a better life.  This is surely a great way to honor their life.


Misty, an awesome pup with a inspirational spirit, sat in a shelter outside New York City for over five years. Nobody wanted to adopt Misty because her little body was broken. Mike and I learned about Misty, and immediately went to NY and adopted her. Misty became an icon. She allowed pets and kisses from thousands of folks who met her at different events we attended year after year.  She changed the minds and hearts of everyone she met - helping them realize that a wheelchair in no way takes away from the energy or the spirit of the canine heart.

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$6.00 including shipping

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