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Because their spirits aren't broken


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

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 donít 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  donít 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:  Dean
Age:  6 years old
Weight: 70 pounds
Disability:  blind

History:   Dean was surrendered to our local shelter, blind, dirty and frightened.  ( We had to carry him out of the shelter)

Dean went straight to the groomer for his much needed spa treatment.  As soon as he landed his paws on the grounds of PWD, he was one tail wagging hunk of love, and we swear his tail has NOT quit wagging.  He knows he is in the hands of people who care. What an unreal transformation in just 24 hours of him being rescued. Dean exhibits all the great characteristics of America's favorite breed, the Labrador.  He is easy going, smart, happy, and just fantastic around other dogs.  He absolutely loves life and is so happy he has escaped  the 24/7 outside living because he so enjoys the comforts of inside living!!  

Unfortunately due to Duke's neglectful life he was tested positive for Heartworms, we have started his heartworm treatment and will be finished by the end of July. Dean has been evaluated by our eye specialist, unfortunately his eye problems are genetic. He will remain his bright bubbly self, exploring his world thru his sense of touch and smell.  He is the sweetest dog, ready to move on to his new life!

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



Name: BLAZE
Age: 7 year old
Breed/Weight:  Hound mix
Disability:  Blind - 50lbs -
unsocialized, cautious, fearful but NOT aggressive with humans or dogs.

Blaze  suffered  severe eye trauma resulting in his blindness, most likely a hunting accident.  His right eye was extremely painful and  needed a total eye enucleation.  Blaze had his eye enoculated and has healed beautifully. 

All of Blaze's medically issues have finally been addressed and he is definitely  per our vet "medically stable."  He will remain on a kidney diet, (which we will provided by PWD and will continue taking prozak prescribed by our internist to help with his social anxiety.    He has been on his meds for many months and has seem to help him. Over time Blaze has gotten very comfortable with us, routine and his environment. We would love for Blaze to have an experienced  home or foster home. A patient family with a confident dog, he does like the company of other dogs and definitely needs to have dogs in his life.

If you are up for a rescue challenge please contact us.

PWD Angel

Thank you to The Dover Family
for being Blaze's angel!
 

Thank you  Robert Amos for being an angel for Blaze


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.

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.



Name:  Ella
Age: 6-7 years old
Weight:  42 lbs.
Disability: Moderate valve disease, she will need a nice quite low energy home.   

History:  Ella was in the right place at the right time! She came into the our local shelter as a seizure neglect case and we could not let her stay there.  Definitely over-bred, skin, ear and eye infections. 

As soon as Ella was rescued we knew her first trip was to our vet. After examination, they loaded her up on all sorts of meds and medicated baths to provide with some much needed relief and to help her feel more comfortable.  After a good month of TLC, she looks GREAT and we are sure she feels like a completely different pup.  Thru all her of her neglectful past, Ella really is one of the sweetest dogs. She does fantastic with dogs, cats, and humans.  She can get into a little mischief - she discovered our toy bin and oh boy she had a field day, LOL.  (We all think she never really had a puppy-hood.)   Everyone she meets all say "what a sweetheart." We love to see transformations here at PWD and Ella is definitely another success story.     

Unfortunately due to Ella's neglectful life and age, she does have mild heart disease.  She will be on medication for the remainder of her life to manage this and while require a calmer home with light activity.    

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




Name: Pete
Age:    6 -7 years old
Disability:   Luxating patella's,  surgically corrected
Breed/Weight: Shepherd/retriever mix, 45 pounds.

History:  We rescued Pete from a local Maryland shelter. He was found as a stray. Pete had been suffering for years with a very painful abnormal gait. Luckily he landed at the shelter and was able to get to PWD. It has been a long haul for this boy, 2 corrective surgeries, crate rest and leash walking have been his way of life for the last few months, (he has been an incredible patient) We are now seeing the light at the end of this long journey. We all feel  Pete is ready to find that special person to help him continue with his surgical success. His orthopedic team noted "he seems so happy now and is definitely a lot more comfortable!"

Pete is true  survivor. Dealing with painful back legs for his entire life, you would think he would be a grumpy pup, but not Pete, he is a kind easy going soul. He loves life, is great with dogs, and loves the company of people. Pete is awesome on lead and would love to go on walks with his new family. His  beautiful blond coat is a perfect match for his radiant personality. He is a smart pup, follows directions very well, his tail always wagging. Pete will fit into any home and become one loyal friend. 

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




Our sweet Knoll now Jasper has been adopted to a kind and patient person in our area, he could not have chosen a better person, to help him overcome his many fears. She works with him daily introducing him slowly but surely to his new life, as long as she is with him, he is a happy pup! As you can tell by her latest update she is head over heels in love with him too! A match made in heaven.

":paw prints across my heart ~ this *very special* little dog astounds and inspires me daily with his extraordinary spirit, courage and fortitude. He's progressed so much - in EVERY arena - and I'm uber proud and grateful for the privilege of serving as his new Mom. He's slowly learning to TRUST again and making new friends (human and animal!) in the neighborhood. EVERYONE who meets him falls in love instantly. Super chill, easy-going, and will do just about anything I ask of him - despite any pain or fear he may be experiencing at the time.

He loves and appreciates every tiny little thing about actually having a HOME to call his own. His bones (rawhide), blankets, beds, kennels...his MOMMY :) He genuinely enjoys watching "Dog TV" on my computer when I have to go out. . It breaks my heart when he cowers in fear. But I have great HOPE and FAITH that - with consistent patience and loving kindness - one day at a time, one moment at a time - I can help to build new (and improved!) memories to replace the old. And, I will serve as his sentinel."

A big thank you to his foster parents, Kathy and Jim, who first got him thru his heartworm treatment, and most importantly showed him humans can be kind too!

Name:  Knoll Age:  5 years old Disability:  Knoll suffered a trauma to his right side, causing him to have a funny little gait in his step, he definitely handles his injury very well.   Breed/Weight: A cute Beagle, 17 pounds

History:  Knoll was found as an injured stray and taken to a Virginia shelter. Thankfully one of our rescue friends stepped up for him and got him to the safety of PWD.

When Knoll arrived at PWD, we discovered he was very shy and a bit fearful of humans. We wanted him to find a great foster home that could nurture him and help him discover the comforts of home and learn that humans are pretty cool! He found some GREAT humans.   Here is what his foster mom has to say about this boy...  "Knoll, a true country gentleman.  He is a sweet guy who is with us in foster care and is now receiving some way overdue medical attention and human kindness.  He is shy, gentle, and just as charming as a warm winter day, like today. Since coming to live with us in foster care he has made so much progress. He is good with other dogs, cats & people. He is shy yet friendly, a little timid yet bold and he is curious and cute. Keep your eye on this prize if you're interested in giving him a forever home. He's a good eater, housebroken, however, we make sure he is in his crate when we are not home as he is still in discovery mode.  He likes gentle voices, soft pets, back scratches, treats and toys.  He loves to be outdoors but prefers to be with his family - indoors or out. If I had to describe him with one word, it would be "easy".  He isn't high maintenance and just wants a warm and loving home. This little guy is going to make someone very happy." 

We will keep you posted  and updated on his medical progress. He has still has to undergo heartworm treatment in March and April. In the meanwhile, we ARE taking applications on Knoll. A big thank you to Kathy and Jim for helping Knoll with his new journey in life, and it won't be hunting.




Nick has been adopted!    A note from his adopters!  "Nick is awesome, we call him the Wonder dog.   He loves to eat and sleep with Kole!  He so kind,  he waits patiently for his old fur brother Kole on our walks, then we drop off Kole and Nick goes the speed he wants.  Nick has adjusted so quickly and has settled in.   We are thrilled that he and kole get along so great and he loves the kids.   Thank you  PWD!"

Name:  Nick
Age: 4 years old
Disability:  3 legged
Breed/Weight:  Lab/ Rottie Mix - 40 pounds

History: Three years ago, Nick was hit by a car and suffered severe trauma to his right front leg. The local Georgia police arrive on scene and not knowing what to do, they call one of our local rescue advocacy groups. They picked him up and got him to the vet. He was a complete gentleman and so happy to receive human help. The group contacted us and we took him into our rescue after recovery.

Nick was adopted quickly by a wonderful family, about 3 years ago.  Unfortunately, due to family illness Nick had to be return to the safety of our rescue. He came back pretty much where he left off 3 years ago, just  bit older and wiser. He is a happy go lucky boy and has met some new canine friends. He is very playful and when time it's time to come in he quietly settles on his bed. Nick has the alertness and loyalty of a rottie, comes in quickly when called, housebroken, and loves to be around people. He would do great as an only dog or with some playful fun dogs! He is a sweet dog ready to share his 3 legged spirit with another  family.



Oliver didnít need to stay with us to long as his person came quick and what a perfect match! Our latest update from a Oliver's new fur mom, "Since coming home two weeks ago, Ollie has been a constant source of joy and humor. When he isn't running and wrestling with his new four legged friends, Ollie is most likely found snuggled up in the bed surrounded by his toys. Ollie is such a big fan of the bed that he often takes food from his bowl in the kitchen and brings it to the bed to eat.

While still shy around new people, Ollie is getting used to making new friends. It's a good thing too as everyone we pass wants to stop and say hello to the blue eyed beauty. He's become a bit of a celebrity in the neighborhood. On all our walks neighbors wave and greet him by name from their porches.

I couldn't have asked for a better addition to my family. This sweet lovable little man is just the most perfect pup (even my cat, Rusty, can't deny it). Many thanks to PWD for allowing me to be a part of his life."

Name:  Oliver
Age: 3 years old
Weight: 35 pounds
Disability:  One eye dog,  lost his eye thru trauma
History:   Oliver was surrendered to the shelter by his family, they did not have enough time and could not afford his much needed vet care.  Oliver was saved by our rescue partners in Georgia and after some much needed TLC and vet care he was safely transport by Martha's Mutts. 
Here is a little of what his foster mom had to say about this handsome  pup, "Oliver is a wonderful boy, he is quiet calm, a little cautious at first, but really enjoys playing with other dogs and are discovering people are pretty cool too."   Oliver was one of the easiest dogs I have ever fostered,  just an all-round good natured dog.   He will be a great companion dog to any family."
Oliver is doing awesome at PWD.  He loves all his new canine friends and is loving the new people in his life.   Another beautiful sweet hound mix that is ready to find his forever home.  Who wouldn't  want that beautiful striking blue eye winking at you 24/7.    







Names: LUCY and RICKY
Age: 1 year old dogs
Disability: Congenital hip abnormalities, NO surgery is needed per our orthopedic veterinarian.
Breed/Weight:  Hound Mix's,  45 pounds

History: These 2 young dogs were found in a  cardboard box outside a vet office with cigarette burns, shunned by many for adoption, their home was the vets office in their outside kennels. Finally, a young woman reached out to us for help. Lucy and Ricky were in desperate need for a new beginning and we answered the call. They have been thru the worst - now the best is here and yet to come.

We call these 2 our dynamic duo, 2 peas in a pod, they are totally connected and love the companionship of one another. We can not separate them after spending time with them - they are a true bonded pair.  They play together, sleep together and donít even mind sharing food bowls. When they are out playing they will search each other out, when they become separated. They are playful and fun and sweet dogs. Come meet them and see for yourself.

Every night we look out our cameras and see them sleeping on the same bed always touching one another, they truly are connected to one another.

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




PWD Angel

Thank you to Millie Groobey
for being an angel to Lucy and Ricky!
 

See these 2 in action!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvM78JHVbhg 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icA5iBta9XE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6WkqEPLIeo





Name: Clyde
Age:    6 years old
Disability:   3 legged and has some neurological damage.
Breed/Weight: Shepherd/hound mix 45 pounds.

History:  We rescued Clyde from an extremely  neglectful and sad situation.  Clyde has suffered severe nerve damage which left his rear leg dragging for months, an amputation was needed as soon as he arrived.  He was thin, scared and uncertain about his new life here but now that he has received MUCH needed medical attention, food and some reassurance life and other dogs can be safe, he is settling here.

We are still getting to know the new and improved Clyde, we unfortunately have no idea how Clyde suffered  his nerve damage, as a result his back end is not as strong as his front end.  He is a trooper and does the best he can on 3 legs.  He has handled his disability like a champ. 

Clyde is now getting the nutrition he needs, his coat is looking better, he is gaining weight, and loves human attention.  He is smart dog, follows directions well, he will be a very loyal protective k9 companion. Clyde definitely exhibits the traits of the true German Shepherd spirit.  We feel Clyde would do best in a quiet home with easy access to the outside due to his neuro issues, he would do great with a smaller dog or no dogs. If you have interest in learning more about Clyde,  we can explain more about him in depth.

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


 
PWD Angel

Thank you to  Jessica Clark for being Clyde'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.


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.


Disabled Dogs at PWD currently unavailable for adoption 

SPECIAL HEALING NOW UNDERWAY
These DOGS are currently NOT AVAILABLE 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:  Kobe
Age: 5 years
Disability:  Healed broken back leg, limps but functional
Breed/Weight:  Shepherd mix, 60 pounds, needs to gain weight

History:  Kobe was definitely someone's "junk yard dog", a very neglected outside dog, who has suffered at the hands of humans.  What we know about Kobe. He is very thin, heartworm positive, broken bones that have healed.  He is a bit anxious being inside, (definitely not used to inside living)  loves to be outside and totally engages with the other dogs, and trying to figure out the human element. Kobe will be with us for a while as we treat him for heartworms and hope he gets stronger and gains weight, and becomes more confidence and connection with humans.      

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


PWD Angel

Thank you to  Island Creek Associates, LLC
for being Kobe's angels!

Thank you to  Kristen, Geoff & Kevin
for being Kobe's angels!

Thank you Janet Cromer
for being Kobe's angels!


 


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 -  ???


Charm - Blind dog


Maverick - Seizure dog

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.


   

Announcing  
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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