Education · Support · Rescue · Shelter · Wheelchair Assistance
|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!!
Breed/Weight: Aussie mix 40 pounds
Abe was found in the overnight drop area at an rural Ohio shelter.
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
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
ABE NEEDS AN ANGEL to help with his medical bills!
Thank you to Jane Gentile for being an angel to
Age: 7 years
Breed/Weight: Border Collie/ 45 pounds
Charm experienced trauma to her eyes which left her blind. Fearing for
her safety on a working farm, her family reached out for help.
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.
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.
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.
could definitely use some border collie loving angels!!
If you are interested in meeting Charm, please complete our Adoption
Age: 1 year old
Breed/Weight: Poodle Mix, 15 pounds
Wilson was a stray found in Baltimore County.
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!
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
Thank you to
an angel to Wilson
Thank you to
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.
Disability: hearing impaired
Breed/Weight: Lab/basset mix 70 pounds
Simon was a stray at our local shelter.
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
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.
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
please complete our Adoption
||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
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.
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.
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.
Age: 1 year old
Disability: Missing portion of right ear, partial hearing loss (not
Breed/Weight: Golden/Hound Mix
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
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.
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.
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!
Age: 4 years
Disability: 3 legged
Breed/Weight: Husky 50 pounds
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
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!"
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.
We want to thank
Friedman for being an angel to
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!
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!"
Age: 2 years
Disability: 3 legged
Breed/Weight: Black mix, 46 pounds
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.
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
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.
We want to thank
for being an angel to Daryl.
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!"
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
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!
Age: 5 years old
Breed/Weight: 60 pounds, Hound
Disability: Front leg deformities
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
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
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
Thank you to Paulette
Bocianfor being SAM's angel!
Thank you to Natasha
Allen for being SAM's angel!
Age: 8 years old
Breed/Weight: Lemon Beagle, 25 pounds
Janie was a stray out our local shelter.
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.
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
please complete our Adoption
Thank you to
for being an angel to Janie.
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
|Meet the New
Arrivals - at Pets
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.
out the newest member to PWD.
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.
will be up for adoption soon!
at PWD currently unavailable for adoption
HEALING NOW UNDERWAY
These DOGS are currently NOT
AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION
dogs will have extended time at the rescue for healing, rehab or
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
care from us; or dogs that need to be quarantined and
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
will be undergoing ACL surgery, his rehab period will be approximately
12 weeks (8/6/14)
Age: 3 years old
Disability: Luxating patellas
Breed/Weight: Doberman mix
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.
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.
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.
We want to thank John
& Bonnie Yurga
for being an angel to Charley.
being Charley's angel
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!
Age: 2 years old
Breed/Weight: Golden/ lab Mix
Brody was in a "hoarding" situation, all their dogs were
confiscated and relinquished to animal control.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you to
Susan Meserve for being Brody's
Thank you David
for being Brody's angel
Maryanne Fletcherfor being Brody's angel
Thank you Linda Reagan for being Brody's angel
that have a permanent home at PWD
dogs are not available for adoption,
but of course need to be cared for everyday by the sole caretaker at the
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
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
& 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.
Rescue Magnet, Design M3
$6.00 including shipping
Adopt Pets with Disabilities Ribbon Magnet, Design M4
$6.00 including shipping
Spay and Neuter Magnet, Design M5
$6.00 including shipping
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