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Because their spirits aren't broken

Disabled Dogs for Adoption  
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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.

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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 talked 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:  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.

Brody has had a long road to recovery  here at PWD,  but all of us including his doctors feel he is healthy and ready for adoption!   Brody is finally off all medications back to eating a regular canine diet, and best of all heartworm negative!  We got Brody thru the worst and now its time to find him an adopter who will care for Brody and give him a great canine life.  Brody's personality is a 10!  He is a sweet gentle dog, that has done great with all the dogs. He loves to wander thru the the yard independently,  and will sit quietly under a tree enjoying the smells and noises of the outside! Brody is great on lead, but a fenced yard is required for Brody.  Although Brody does great with other dogs, he needs restricted water intake, so best as an only dog.

Brody is a favorite of ours and anyone else that has met him.  We are so excited for him and anxiously await to meet the family he fought so hard to live for.

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

PWD Angel

Thank you to Susan Meserve for being  Brody's angel
Thank you
David Smith for being Brody's angel
Thank you Maryanne Fletcher for being Brody's angel
Thank you Linda Reagan for being Brody's angel
Thank you Rosalie Buck for being Brody's angel
Thank you Dina Friedman for being Brody's angel
Thank you
Terri Chrisman-Holder
for being Brody's angel
Thank you
Lisa and Jeff Seibert
for being Brody's angel

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

History: Charm developed mature cataracts in both eyes which left her blind. Fearing for her safety on a working farm, her family reached out for help.  Her eyes have been examined and tested by an eye specialist upon arrival here at PWD to see if cataracts could be removed.   Unfortunately, after further diagnostics, surgery is definitely NOT an option.  She is NOT in any pain and handles her blindness like a champ.

Charm spent a couple of days with a PWD friend that has border collies - this is what she said: 

"OMG!  She is really a fabulous dog – VERY connected to people, when you call her, she comes right over, gives you a little “nose pop on the leg” and then jumps up to say hi as close as possible.  She was great with the other dogs, but didn’t really seem to need them around, she loved being part of a “household”.  We got home very late, so in the morning, she met the dogs, and then I put them all back to bed and left her out downstairs.  She did a complete “mapping of my house” – it was amazing to watch.  I decided to leave her be and went back to bed – about an hour later I heard her upstairs walking around the hallway – then she went back downstairs.  By the time everyone got up again, she knew where the kitchen counters were, where the door ways were, where the couple of
in-room steps were, the water bowls, the dog beds, the tables, chairs, etc… I was in awe.  Brilliant girl!!  I did not have to provide her ANY guidance after her “mapping” was done – in and out the door, up and down the deck, calling her from another room, up and down the stairs like any other dog.  

She does some herding, but only when the action is amped up and she feels she needs to be involved – ran FULL speed after my dogs in the back yard – but, other than that kind of “work” she was very content being with everyone, not really looking for “stuff” to do.  Only minor toy interest, she ate in the kitchen with everyone without issue.  She will only bark when she has something to say – ie: “ I know you’re behind the closed door, open it” – she did not bark at the door or new people, etc

At 7 yrs old – this is the first time she’s worn a collar.  She’s not crazy about being led by the collar, but she’ll go anywhere she’s asked to go by talking to her…

Her coat is soft and silky….  Her eyes are not the “cloudy” blind eyes, but instead they look like diamonds with a little sparkle.  She could have easily lived in my house – likes men, women and kids – LOVED my son when he came home for a couple of days.  She really needs a border collie person – not a disabled dog person.  She is not good with cats."

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

PWD Angel

Thank you to Yvette Broussall for being Charm's Angel

Thank you John and Bonnie Yurga for being an Angel to Charm
"In loving memory of Jasmine, our sweet Mena girl"

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: Spirit
Age: 8 years old
Breed/Weight:  Lemon hound mix, 50lbs
Disability:  Deaf

Now that Spirit has settled in at the rescue, we can  say "WOW!", what a sweet heart!  A beautiful, sweet calm pup. Although she is deaf, (she has the greatest ears) she has managed to understand the routine quickly and has learned the direction she needs to go by small hand movements, and of course with help of the other pups. 

We got a wonderful description of Spirit's disposition from her foster mom, who completely adored her. She was in her home for almost a month until transport could b arranged to PWD. 

"She is a total love bug, not too interested in toys but is very playful with dogs,  cat and kid friendly. She settled nicely, after play time on a cozy sofa or dog bed.  She is completely house trained, and if she is sleeping I gently touch her and lead her outside. Like most hounds she enjoys sunbathing time. She is very attentive despite her disability, quickly learned our household routine and when my other dogs got excited she would join right in."

Spirit is a true joy to have here, once again she has adjusted well to a new routine, playful and friendly.

Spirit is ready to find her forever family, you will fall in love with her instantly as we all did here! Since Spirit is deaf, she requires a fenced in yard and a friendly canine friend.

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

As always - each of our dogs could use their own angels...  please consider sponsoring Spirit

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.

Daphne was not here too long but, long enough to find the perfect family to spend the rest of her life with. She will be safe and loved. Daphne is living right outside our nation's capital and she has adjusted with ease to her new urban life, sitting at the outside cafes and daily visits to a very stimulating dog park with her new fur parents. She has received so much love and respect from the neighborhood that I believe she has started her new journey as a PWD ambassador, education people about rescue and the spirit of a dog that certainly had a rough beginning. Daphne your life has come full circle, no more abuse in your life.

We hear daily from her new fur mom, "Daphne is the happiest, bounciest most loving pup. She warms the hearts of everyone she meets and makes me laugh every day. She wants to be where ever I am and I want to be where every she is, we are a perfect pair. She adores her toys, the park and going for morning runs. We love our girl!"

Name:  Daphne
Age:   1 year old
Disability:  3 legged, blind in right eye
Breed/Weight:  Husky/Shepherd Mix  45 pounds

History: Daphne was relinquished to the shelter for chasing chickens, with severe injuries to her right side.  Pellets were found in and around her eye and a scar on her head, unfortunately her right leg was also injured beyond repair and had to be amputated.

Daphne stayed in a wonderful foster home for her post op recovery while she waited for transport to be arranged. Here is a little info from her foster mom  "Her name was drumstick when pulled from the shelter, there was NO way I was going to keep that name, for this beautiful dog,  so I named her Daphne! Her  first year of  life was certainly not great, but thru all her mistreatment she is one amazing happy go lucky pup. She is absolutely great with my dogs, big and small, she loves my kittens and sleeps with them every night. Also great with people including small children!  She loved to be where ever I was, it has been a joy to have helped this young lady, and will truly be a great addition to any family."

Daphne arrived at PWD after staying with one of our adopters for a couple of days.  They helped us discover she LOVES toys and is quite a toy enthusiast! She is finally at PWD, where she has settled with ease once again to an new environment.  We instantly fell in love with her too.  She is a little shy but that’s ok, considering how her life has changed  so dramatically (to the good) the last 2 months. She will be a cherished member with her new family, as long as they are  active and have lots of fun toys!    

Farrah, has been adopted!  This gentleman just recently lost his beloved 3 legged shepherd, and reached out to PWD to help him find a new friend, and our Farrah seemed to be a perfect match!  Farrah got just what she needed and wanted - her very own person!  We got her thru the some rough medical issues here, but finally after a few months she was healthy and very ready to start her forever life!  

From her foster dad, "She is settling in nicely but her tail just keeps thumping away!   She is a great girl I am thrilled I adopted her, thank you PWD"

Age: 2 years old
Disability:  3 legged
Breed/Weight: German Shep mix, 40 pounds  History
: Farrah came from a NC Shelter. 
Farrah reminds us a lot of our 3 legged Lucy, with her tail wagging happy spirit. She is now living in our home and has made great friends with Sandy, another shepherd mix. Farrah is very playful, but seems to be totally connected with humans, everyone is her friend. She loves the sofa and seems most content watching TV with me! She will be a very loyal companion dog!!  Farrah's heartworm treatment has been successful and she is ready for her new home!!

PWD Angel

Thank you Todd & Lynn Schaeffer
for being an angel Farrah

Thank you Tara Besner Norman
for being Farrah's angel

Age: 3 years old
Disability:  One eye missing
Breed/Weight:  Greyhound mix, 40 pounds

History: Ginger was an owner relinquishment to a rural Virginia shelter

WINK WINK, Ginger is here! She needed us and she is SO THRILLED TO BE HERE! Always has a big smile on her cute face!   

The shelter was told by her old "owners" she was an independent girl, loved outside living.  REALLY? Upon arrival we immediately discovered, not only did she love inside living and the comforts of inside living, (clean beds, daily food, and no more ticks, fleas and mosquitoes) we can barely get her outside! She also adores the attention of humans and loves hanging with the other dogs. Unfortunately, Ginger had some months of neglect. 

Ginger has survived her heart worm treatment, and is now hw free and ready for her new home. She is one of the sweetest dogs, she likes being with other dogs, and is showing a lot of love for life.  She'll make a great companion to a lucky family.

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

PWD Angel

Thank you Jodi Chrystal for being an Angel to Ginger

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 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.  

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

PWD Angel Thank you to Paulette Bocian for being SAM's angel!

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

Name:  Sylvester
Age: 3-5 years old
Disability:  3 legged
Breed/Weight:  Black and white, but he is mostly black with a touch of white, 12  lbs.

History: Sylvester was found as a stray in the south jersey area, with a badly mangled front leg that needed to be removed. The shelter reached out to PWD.

Sylvester is being fostered in Sewell NJ.  Per his foster mom  "Super sweet Sylvester is now ready to find his forever home!  His amputation site looks great and he has adjusted to his life on 3 legs. He is a big love bug and purrs as soon as you pet him.  Sylvester is FIV positive,  but these cats can live with non-FIV cats below are some links with info regarding fiv cats.  Sylvester was a little scared at first but within one week has made great strides, now finding him in different places and even sunning himself, he is feeling more comfortable around my smaller dogs, but still nervous around my bigger pups."     

Thank you Karen Quigley, for fostering Sylvester during his rehab time and getting to know him while he waits for his forever home.

If you're interested in adopting Sylvester, please contact Joyce at

PWD Angel

We want to thank Phylis Nelson for being an angel to Sylvester.

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.

Name: Calvin
Age: 3 years old
Breed/Weight:  Min Pin Mix, 20lbs
Disability:  potential neurological/hearing issues

Calvin is a sweet, fun little guy that has just come into the rescue.  He will be visiting our vet team this week for a diagnosis of his potential neurological issues - we will update his bio shortly, and hopefully place him up for adoption.

As always - each of our dogs could use their own angels...  please consider sponsoring Calvin

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

Name:  Chloe
Age: 6 years
Disability: (soon to be) 3 legged
Breed/Weight: Collie Mix, 40 pounds

History: Chloe was an injured stray in a SC shelter. They reached out to many rescues and we stepped up for her. Chloe will be undergoing surgery to repair her injured leg.

Chloe is being foster by wonderful friends and adopters near Charleston, SC. We are very thankful to them for getting her out of the shelter and into the safety of their home. Now that Chloe is starting to settle in, here is what they have to say about our new rescue....

"Cuddle bug alert!  From the moment she sees you, Chloe wants to snuggle and be your best friend.  She is incredibly sweet, and has yet to meet someone who has not fallen in love with her cute face and personality.  She is laid back lady with a bit of a spunky side to her,  she enjoys herding our pack!  But humans are her favorite.  She loves belly rubs, car rides and is starting to  learn basic obedience she's a smart girl! Our vet believes she was most likely hit by a car, and injuries were left untreated." 

Chloe will stay in her foster home thru her recuperation and will be available for adoption in July.

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

Chloe needs several angels to help cover her vet expenses!

PWD Angel

Thank you Todd & Lynn Schaeffer for being an angel Chloe

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

Kiri - wheelchair dog

Ernie - wheelchair dog

Dixie - wheelchair dog

Megan - Blind dog

Huey - Deaf Dog

Lucy -  3 legged

Sandy - broken back

Pierce - Club feet


Abe -  blind/deaf

Janie -  ???


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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