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Disabled Dogs for Adoption  
from Pets with Disabilities

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!!

Make on on-line donation or send a check to 
Pets with Disabilities, 635 Clay Hammond Road,  Prince Frederick, MD 20678

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

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:  Abe
Age:  Senior
Disability:  blind/deaf
Breed/Weight:   Aussie mix  40 pounds

History:  Abe was found in the overnight drop area at an rural Ohio shelter.  

Abe was a very neglected senior whose demands are few...  a good meal, a warm bed, a couple of long strolls around the yard and lots of love.  Abe is the nicest and kindest dog anyone could ever encounter, he just goes with the flow and gets  along with everyone.

Before Abe was transported to PWD,  he spent a week with wonderful friends of PWD, and this is what they  had to say about Abe. "Abe was such a great house guest and appears to be housebroken,  (he had no accidents in our home). He loves to be by people and would wag his tail constantly especially when he was being petted.  His favorite place was to lay by my feet.  He was an extremely quite dog and walked well on a leash, just needing some gentle guiding hands.  Abe is a gentle soul and  has left a lasting impression in our hearts."

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

ABE NEEDS AN ANGEL to help with his medical bills!

PWD Angel

Thank you to Jane Gentile for being an angel to Abe

Name: Charm 
Age: 7 years 
Breed/Weight: Border Collie/ 45 pounds 
Disability: Blind

History: Charm experienced trauma to her eyes which left her blind. Fearing for her safety on a working farm, her family reached out for help.

Charm arrived at the rescue a little nervous having never been off the farm she had known her whole life.  But, in true border collie fashion, she took in her surroundings cautiously, took a day to think things thru and has decided life is pretty good at PWD.  She is making friends with her new fur pals, relaxing on her comfy bed and enjoys every moment she can spend with a human! She has no problem managing the doors, going up and down the stairs, or jumping on the bed to snuggle. 

Charm finally saw our vet this week for her routine vetting. The vet commented "I am quite impressed, she is incredible healthy, for not ever seeing a vet in her entire life, her blood work looked excellent." She has finally been vaccinated and spayed. Charm's next venture will be to our eye specialist for a proper diagnosis on her eyes.

Charm is a beautiful border collie, extremely smart, she knows exactly where she needs to go and where she lives, amazing. In Charm's past life, she had a seeing eye friend whom she bonded with and we think she would love to have that connection again with another low key seeing eye dog.

She could definitely use some border collie loving angels!!

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


Name:  Wilson
Age: 1 year old
Disability:  Blind
Breed/Weight:  Poodle Mix, 15 pounds

History:  Wilson was a stray found in Baltimore County.

When I met Wilson amongst all the barking dogs in their kennels,  I could see this ball of matted dirty fur in his cage.  Many dogs would cower, especially the blind ones, however Wilson was different,  he allowed us to put the lead on him and he trotted right out as if to say "where have you been? I have have things to do!" I had to keep asking myself "is this pup really blind?"   He seems so confident and self assured. Wilson has the cutest personality and is a very happy pup! We believe Wilson would fit into any family - he loves people and wants to play with pups!

He is doing great at the rescue, very tuned into humans and will follow your voice, loves his toys.   We are so happy here is safe with us and is now ready to find his forever family. 

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

PWD Angel

Thank you to Millie Groobey for being 
an angel to Wilson

Thank you to Daniel Eksuzian & Ilona Berk 
for being an angel to Wilson

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 thunderphobic.  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:  Simon
Age:  Senior
Disability:  hearing impaired
Breed/Weight:   Lab/basset mix  70 pounds

History:  Simon was a stray at our local shelter.

Simon spent over 3 months at our shelter, with no rescue or adopter wanting to help him. His canine spirit was broken and he desperately needed vet care.

Simon is looking for his forever retirement home.  He is a very independent soul, whose demands are few, a warm bed, a leisurely stroll around the yard, respect and love! We are happy to see him finally reconnecting  to humans, wagging his tail when we approach him, wanting to spend some time with us.

Simon has been vetted and is a very healthy senior dog - a complete senior "work up" showed no impending health issues. We hope Simon can spend his senior days with a person who enjoys and appreciates the wisdom of a senior dog with an awesome pair of EARS!  Simon would do best as a solo dog or with female a friend.

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


PWD Angel Thank you to Tanya Gott for being an angel to Simon.

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.

Congrats to our comical Cooper who found a great home pretty quickly. His vibrant and active personality fit the bill for their deaf pup Missy who desperately needed a new playmate! Cooper will join Missy and their 2 senior dogs Savannah and Mckinley. 

You might recognize these adopters because they adopted 4 dogs from PWD! A big thank you to a very rescue friendly couple, who truly believe rescued pups are the best.

Name:  Cooper
Age:  1 year old
Disability: Missing portion of right ear, partial hearing loss (not deaf)
Breed/Weight:  Golden/Hound Mix

History:  Cooper was a stray and landed in a  good Samaritans backyard where they vetted him and provided shelter for him until we were able to take him here.

Cooper is finally here! We have are now calling him our rescue class clown! A very energetic dog that just wants to have fun! Cooper adjusted pretty quickly to our routine. He absolutely  loves the freedom of the large play area so he can whiz by all of us like the wind. We are happy Cooper is here, he has injected some much appreciated youthful energy into the rescue.   

He is a great dog, needs to gain some weight and learn some doggy manors which we have started working on here, but will need to continue with his new family. We think he would do best with an active family, a possible running companion and he would definitely love to have an active, young canine playmate in his new home.  

Maya has been adopted to a Husky loving family!  They were in search of a mature husky to be a companion to their older husky Koda and Maya fit the bill!  We are so happy for Maya - besides joining Koda, she will get lots of attention from an awesome family who truly love the breed, even a 3 legged husky!  Thank you for opening up your heart and home to a rescue pup!

Name: Maya 
Age: 4 years 
Disability: 3 legged 
Breed/Weight: Husky 50 pounds

History: Maya was picked up as a stray in a small rural West Virginia shelter. A local advocacy group pulled him, and contacted us immediately to help. Maya's leg condition is most likely from an old injury that never was treated.

Maya arrived at the rescue with an air of husky confidence. She fit in easily with the rescue and learned quite quickly a new routine with ease. A big thank you to her foster family for caring for Maya in July, while we sorted our many medical issues at the rescue. Some insight from her foster family; "Maya is great with kids and other dogs, big and small. We have not really cat tested her but when we had a mother cat and her kittens, in a crate next to here she was not interested! Maya is a mature pup, great in the house never had one accident, being a husky also likes to spend time outside, she is a great in the car and great on leash! She really was a perfect foster dog, so glad we could help transition her to PWD!"

She is a majestic Siberian, that will make a great companion pup to a very lucky family!  Kudos, to One by One Animal Advocates, based in Huntington, WV, a small group of rescuers, that helped with all of Maya's medical expenses and arranged transport to PWD.

PWD Angel

We want to thank Sandy Zancan Friedman for being an angel to Maya.

Finally, our sweet Daryl, has gone home! Daryl's family recently lost their beloved 3 legged black lab to cancer and felt an instant connection when they saw Daryl on our site. We could not be happier for this sweet boy, who received the vet care he desperately needed and finally a great family to share his lab love! Daryl's doing great in his new home, and within hours of his adoption I heard from his new fur mom!

"It is like he has always been here his entire life and instant bond I love him already! He is at the moment, snuggled up with my hubby watching TV. I took him to barn and he loves the horses. I will have to get some pictures of him putting his nose to theirs. He seems so happy. Thanks for what you do, we need more people like you in the world!"


Name:   Daryl
Age:      2 years
Disability:  3 legged 
Breed/Weight:  Black mix,  46 pounds

History:  Daryl was  picked up as a stray in a small rural North Carolina shelter.  A  local advocacy group pulled him, and contacted us immediately to help.  Daryl's leg is most likely from an old injury that never was treated.  

Daryl  exhibits all the wonderful characteristics of the Labrador!  He was fostered for a week until he was moved safely to us,  his foster family sent us some info about the time he spent with them. They fell in love with him! "Daryl is a very happy friend guy!  The first night in our home introductions to our dogs and our neighbors dogs went very well.   He instantly fit right in, almost as if he was part of our family for a long time. He is very smart boy and listens extremely well.  He loves to run or play or will be satisfied just to hang out with the family.  An affectionate dog who loves to cuddle.    He likes car rides and does excellent in the car. This dog will instantly grab your heart."

A big thank you to Friends of Edgecombe County Animal shelter for volunteering their time to help the homeless dogs at their local shelter and for transporting Daryl safely to PWD.

PWD Angel

We want to thank Frank Spina for being an angel to Daryl.

Sam is ready to find a new home!   We are finally seeing a bright light at the end of a long winter here with Sam.  We received a final and successful medical report from his vet, "Sam's inflammatory bowel condition has been managed and is stabilized, with current medications and diet, we have determine what is now normal for him,  is working well, and he seems to be back to the the happy dog we once remembered!"  

Sam's monthly meds are about $100.00 a month - the rescue will pay for the meds for the rest of Sam's life. 
We would like Sam's adopters to be within a 60 mile radius of the rescue.

PWD would like to thank Dr. Giuffre, Chesapeake Animal Clinic, for taking weekly if not daily phone calls from us to discuss Sam's condition. We are all celebrating his recovery here, and hope that we can find a special person for this awesome dog!  

Name: Sam
Age: 5 years old
Breed/Weight:  60 pounds, Hound  
Disability:  Front leg deformities

History:   Sam was adopted 4 years ago and thru no fault of his own has returned to Pets with Disabilities.   The adopter's life changed and they were no longer able to give Sam the attention and time he needed.

Welcome back Sam!  After  being away for while Sam has settled nicely back into our rescue.   He certainly loves the canine spirit and is now reconnecting quickly to the human spirit.  The first day of his arrival,  we found Sam curled up with one of our resident 3 legged dogs, Oscar.  It was absolutely adorable!  Sam has very unique front legs, most likely born this way.  Although it looks awkward for us to watch him walk and run - this is Sam's normal. He is a bit older now, but still enjoys his daily walks around the rescue yard and then seems content to sit on the porch and watch the dogs play around him! He has a heart of gold, a gentile sweet demeanor and the Sam we knew 4 years ago is starting to shine thru!  He also loves warm baths! We promised Sam, we would find a new family that has canine companionship and will truly appreciate the hound spirit and his endearing front legs!  Sam is great with children, but NOT good with CATS.  

Sam is ready to find a new home!  We are  finally seeing a bright light at the end of a long winter with Sam. We received a final and successful  report from his vet, "Sam's inflammatory bowel condition has been managed and is stabilized, with current medications and diet, we have determine what is now normal for him,  is working well, and he seems to be back to the the happy dog we once remembered!"

PWD would like to thank Dr. Giuffre, Chesapeake Animal Clinic, for taking weekly if not daily phone calls  from us to discuss Sam's condition.  We are all celebrating his recovery, and hope that we can find a special person for this awesome dog! 

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

PWD Angel

Thank you to Paulette Bocianfor being SAM's angel!

Thank you to Natasha Allen for being SAM's angel!

Name:  Janie
Age:     8 years old
Disability:  NONE
Breed/Weight:   Lemon Beagle,  25 pounds

History:  Janie was a stray out our local shelter.  

Although, Janie IS not physically disabled, our hearts went out to help this little girl that landed in our local shelter with extreme medical needs.  She was at the shelter for almost a month with NO group or adopter wanting to take her on. Besides routine vet care, Janie had tumors all over her body and was in desperate need of dental care.  We stepped up on her behalf to get all the necessary vet care;  her tumors were removed,  dental was done and now she is a happy healthy girl, ready for her new home!  She is being fostered by a very caring person who has helped Janie recuperate from all her  recent surgeries.   Her foster mom says she is extremely sweet, loves and enjoys the company of other dogs,  good with cats and totally devoted to people! Janie loves to explore the outside, so hard fencing is required.

Janie became a shelter favorite and they rejoiced when we came in to rescue her and so happy we did!

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

PWD Angel

Thank you to Denise Banning 
for being an angel to Janie.

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.

Meet the New Arrivals - at Pets with Disabilities
The following dogs have recently arrived at PWD - like all of our dogs, they will spend the next several weeks being evaluated by our vet team, appointments made, surgeries (if necessary) scheduled, and given lots of TLC for any recovery time needed.  They will also spend some time understanding the routine at the rescue - and getting comfortable enough for us to get to know them and determine the best type of home suited for each dog.  If you are interested in any of these dogs - we encourage you to fill out an adoption application and we'll keep you informed of their progress.  As with ALL of our dogs - we appreciate any financial support - especially for these initial weeks of vet care.

Check out the newest member to PWD. 

His name is Sweet Al, and his name says it all, he is nothing but a sweetheart! Everyone is his best friend! He arrived from West Virginia last weekend - he'll be evaluated by our vet team to determine if his leg should be removed - and make sure his eye is not painful.

He will be up for adoption soon!

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

Charley will be undergoing ACL surgery,  his rehab period will be approximately 12 weeks (8/6/14)

Name:  Charley
Age:  3 years old
Disability:  Luxating patellas
Breed/Weight:   Doberman mix

History:  Charley was found as a stray.  He was picked up and return to the same shelter he was adopted from 3 years earlier as a puppy.  The shelter staff hearts sunk when they saw Charley's condition.  A body that should have weighed 70 pounds weighs only 40 pounds.  He was skin and bones and walking like an old man. They rallied around this boy, contacted many rescues,  and we responded and said yes.  Charley is  true survivor.  Somehow he made it BACK to the safety of the same shelter that adopted him out 3 years earlier. The shelter manager was so sad to see this once vibrant puppy come back 3 years later in this horrid condition - emaciated -  and  by  the look of his physical condition,  might have spent much of his life in a crate too small for him.  After the shelter sent me his video, we felt the need to reach out and give this dog some human kindness. When he left the shelter, he ended up in the hospital, we believe he most likely gobbled up too much food at the shelter, it was too much for his GI system to handle.  As his internist explained to us,  his condition was grave and she was also sad to see a young dog in this condition.  Charley surprised us all and rebounded in a few days and was able to be transported to Pets with Disabilities. He walked thru our gates and we all just started crying,  we knew he was our project in so many ways.  

Charley's face says it all,  he has a strong handsome face and his eyes are worth a thousand words! He so appreciates where he has landed! With every morsel of nutrients that goes into his body, we can all tell he is getting stronger and stronger.  He loves his new orthopedic beds,  loves pets and is beginning to learn how to socialize with his 4 legged (and 3 legged) buddies.  A very smart boy that has learned a lot about dogs and humans in a very short period of time.   His body is beginning to fill out, his physical gate is getting better, but Charley's back legs will always look a little different then most dogs.    The good news is Charley does not seem to be in any pain and finally has the freedom to exercise and strengthen all of his muscles, he is stretching and beginning to jump up on his hind legs.  He handles direction very well and will be a very loyal friend.

Because of the kindness of strangers,  Charley now has a 2nd chance at life where he will be loved and be safe.  A big thank you to Lauren Flory,  Martha's Mutts Movers, Terri and John Holder.   

PWD Angel

We want to thank John & Bonnie Yurga for being an angel to Charley.

Thank you Carla LaGrassa for being Charley's angel

Brody's SEVERE heart worm has had an impact on other organs in his body.  He is currently on a special diet and trial medications for his multiple liver shunts - although feeling much better - he'll have a long road to recovery - we are hopeful that once stabilized, we can begin his heart worm treatment and his secondary issues may possibly resolve - thank you to his angels for the necessary funding (and loving energy) to help. Brody needs TEN angels to cover his treatment so far!

Name:  Brody
Age:  2 years old
Disability:  Blind
Breed/Weight:  Golden/ lab Mix

History: Brody was in a "hoarding" situation, all their dogs were confiscated and relinquished to animal control.

Because of Brody's neglected past he came to us physically and mentally broken. Expecting a young vibrant blind pup, Brody was a far cry from this. He was withdrawn, shy, very thin, and his spirit was gone.

As each day went by, and several visits to our vet, Brody's health continue to get worse and he finally landed in the hospital. He was definitely a unique case and a challenge to our internist. His team of doctors believe Brody has suffered one of the worst cases of heartworm disease they have seen, not only affecting his heart but other organs as well, causing him to feel pretty awful. He has thankfully responded very well to a new diet and medications.

Brody has a LONG road to recovery here, but all in steps. October and November, Brody will return to the hospital for his heartworm treatments and possibly liver shunt surgery. So far his medical expenses has exceeded $3000.00 dollars. Brody will need lots of prayers and angels on his side. Besides all of his bad luck, he is still one of the sweetest pups to be welcomed at PWD. His tail always wagging, loves the dogs and of course human attention. We hope Brody will have a happy ending, cause he sure does deserve it like so many homeless neglected pups.

Heartworm disease is SO easy to prevent - and so expensive to treat! Without treatment, the disease will eventually kill the dog. We need TEN ANGELS for Brody's treatment - thank you for any donation to his care and recovery.

PWD Angel

Thank you to Susan Meserve for being  Brody's angel
Thank you
David Smith for being Brody's angel
Thank you Maryanne Fletcherfor being Brody's angel
Thank you Linda Reagan for being Brody's angel

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

Candy - 3 legged

Kiri - wheelchair dog

Ernie - wheelchair dog

Dixie - wheelchair dog

Maddie - wheelchair dog

Huey - Deaf Dog

Sandy - broken back

Megan - Blind dog

Pierce - Club fee

Lucy -  3 legged

Click here to meet the PWD residents

With 10 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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