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|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!!
Monday! Finally, our handsome blind Brady has been adopted! When his
adopters came to meet Brady they were so intrigued by his ability to
fetch and retrieve tennis balls, bowling pins, whatever the adopter was
throwing, Brady would find it and bring
it back to them! Pretty impressive for a blind dog, just a fun loving
lab doing his thing! Brady
will enjoy his new life, on gorgeous small farm in Va, with his new
family and a couple of beautiful horses!
Age: 2 years old
Breed/Weight: Yellow lab mix, about 60 pounds
Brady was brought into an rural Ohio shelter as a stray.
you ever seen a dog wag his ENTIRE body, well Brady’s body
is in constant wag motion. Just a happy go lucky boy waiting for a
lab loving family! He is a handsome dog and even with his
blindness he loves to play fetch, he is amazing!! He is easy going,
likes to have fun, and does great with the other pups.
how much more do you need to know? Brady is ready to be part of
someone’s family! Brady goes 100% at playtime but will settled
fast with a tasty Kong or his bowling pin! Life is good for Brady,
he is like a playful toddler, no worries just wants his playtime and to
have a safe and trusting home.
Thank you to Kathleen
Comstock for being an angel to Brady!
Age: 7-8 years
Breed/Weight: Border Collie, 35 pounds
Ben was brought into a Pittsburgh shelter as a stray.
journey to our rescue was a tough one for him. He was
obviously very neglected for months if not years.. he was thin,
blind and landed in shelter where he was exposed to a deadly respiratory
virus. We had him admitted for a few nights at a local Pittsburg vet
hospital, where he received IV antibiotics and fluids. Ben was
finally stable to travel down to our rescue in Maryland to
continue treatment at our hospital. Gentle Ben has rebounded very
quickly here! He is eating well, processing his food much better and now
healthy enough to get groomed and receive the remainder of his
are learning more and more about Ben, a sweet, calm, mature border
collie. He does exhibit the light border collie prance and his
markings are magnificent! He does not seem to be too interested in toys
or a tennis balls yet. I think he is smart enough to know he
has finally landed safely and he is enjoying the safety and care at the
rescue. I know he would love the comfort of another confident dog around
him to help and guide him. Ozzie and Ben have bonded here and Ozzie has
taken Ben under his wing! They pal around in the yard together, Ben
seems to enjoy his company.
have taken Ben to our eye specialist, "Ben's eyes are
not visual, his loss is permanent and no therapy is needed. Although his
eyes look unusually he is NOT uncomfortable."
If you are interested in meeting Ben, please complete our Adoption
A VOLUNTEER: Ben
is quite a special little boy. He is as beautiful as he is sweet! Ben
was in need of a bath yesterday and I volunteered. He was such a good
boy!! I took him outside to shake and dry off . He then laid in the warm
sun to dry and he graciously let me brush him. He is a very neutral dog.
He seems to love everybody, dog or human. I could brag about Ben all day
long. His blindness is an after thought to me. You see I have a blind
dog from PWD. A blind dog can be not much different than a sighted one.
Their other senses become more attuned and if I didn't know better I'd
swear sometimes my blind dog can actually see! Ben has such a positive
attitude. I would love to see Ben get adopted. I think Bens needs are
very simple. Love me and I'll love you eternally
happy to announce our sweet blind girl Cara has been adopted,
to a caring couple! Cara will enjoy her new life with her fur
parents and her new fur friend Sunny, another rescue dog! As
expected Cara is adjusting to her new life with wagging tails and
confidence. Yesterday, her fur mom wrote to us about "a
few things we have learned about Cara"..
is fun-loving and has a wonderful personality.
She misses me when I run an errand, and waits by the door for me.
She has convinced Sunny that rough-housing is OK.
She likes to chew - Jim's slipper is the first victim.
She "talks back" when she is told "no". Really. And
like a typical grandmother, I have a hard time keeping a straight face
and reinforcing the rules.
I have to remind myself that she is blind.
In only 3 walks, she has learned the walking routine in our neighborhood
and last but most important,
She has brought more joy into
our home than I could have imagined."
Thank you so much for opening
up your heart to sweet Cara!
Age: 1 year old
Breed/Weight: Australian Cattle dog mix
Cara was brought in as a stray to a NC shelter, slated to be pts,
because of her blindness. A small advocacy group pulled her
and contacted PWD.
for Cara, she was in a foster home before she arrived, so we learned a
lot about this awesome pup. Per her foster mom,
"Kara loves anyone that will rub her and give her lots of kisses.
She is such a happy dog and so lucky to be able to share her spirit with
another family now! She was considered an underdog by our shelter
but to me she is far from that and smarter than I ever imagined, for
this was my first experience with a blind dog. She learns very
quickly, will go up and down stairs with ease, loves car rides,
loves playing and running with my dogs. She is crate trained,
house trained and loves chew toys! She will make a great addition
to anyone's family, she just wants to be loved. She learned my
routine with my pets quickly she is a remarkable dog and was great with
my 6 cats too."
her arrival at PWD, as expected she learned the routine of our rescue
within minutes! She is a quiet dog and very patient in her area
until it's her time for food or going out. She is a fun, playful
pretty pup with magnificent markings.
took her to our eye specialist yesterday. When the doc walked in the
room, he looked at her and commented "COOL EYES", if I
did not have 2 pups already this would be the one! Per his report,
Kara has several abnormalities in her eyes that have likely been present
since birth. Thankfully, her eyes are not painful, no meds
or surgery needed, and does not expect for them to progress into any
point of discomfort. He added Kara was a great patient to work
with and dogs that are born blind have lots of confidence and are
excellent at using their remaining senses to navigate.
|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.
|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 bleeding for acceptance. They may not be
running marathons, but they will win your heart.
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
Disability: hearing impaired
Breed/Weight: Border collie mix - 35 pounds
Barney's person was incarcerated and he was relinquished to the shelter.
a senior border collie mix, is so cool - he loves life - running,
chasing, exploring still in his senior days. The young dogs at the
rescue have injected some youthful energy into him. He really enjoys
engaging in their play and he loves people and will take all the
attention and affection you are willing to give.
is a good old boy, he is a healthy senior dog - a complete senior
"work up" shows no issues. The vet team loves him so
much they call weekly to see if he has been adopted! We are thrilled to
have Barney here and we hope we can find a special person who enjoys and
appreciates the wisdom of a senior pup. Barney would make a great cuddly
companion, he enjoys the young play, but totally enjoys naptime!
If you are interested in meeting him,
please complete our Adoption
Thank you to Bonnie and
John Yurga for being an angel to Barney.
you Millie Coleman Groobey for being Barney's
Age: 3 year old
Disability: 3 legged
Breed/Weight: Puggle/Beagle Mix - 25lbs
Betty was hit by a car and brought into a West Virginia shelter. A small
advocacy group pulled her and contacted PWD.
for us and Betty, she was in a foster home before she arrived, so we
have learned a lot about this awesome dog! We received a nice note from
her foster mom, "Betty had a good life at some point in her
past but has fallen on very hard times. She ended up in a shelter after
being hit by a car and had to have her rear leg amputated. She has
healed well and is in great health and is the happiest little girl.
Beth came to us completely housebroken and knows how to sit,
lay down, and shake. She does great on walks and car rides. Beth
loves other dogs and was phenomenal my 2 children ages 3 and 5.
I completely trusted her with my kids. I can't say enough about
how wonderful this dog is! All love and no trouble. She will
make wonderful companion to a lucky family."
is sweet as can be, goes with the flow of the rescue, loves the
companionship of other dogs. A fun, easy going dog that will fit
into anyone's canine family. Betty would prefer a home with no
you are interested in meeting her, please complete our Adoption
Age: 4 years old
Disability: visually impaired in right eye
Breed/Weight: Yellow lab mix, 50 pounds
Ozzie was brought into an rural overcrowded shelter as a stray.
Ozzie, a gorgeous fluffy white pup. We have no idea how Ozzie
up in a high kill shelter because he's so fantastic. PWD is so
happy to have him here, safe. Ozzie has warmed up quickly to his new
human and canine friends. As each day goes by and we get to know
Ozzie better, we find him to be a very playful energetic smart boy,
sweet, and at times a bit submissive. He settles quickly in his
apartment and is housebroken!
you Terri and John and the volunteers at Martha's Mutts Movers in
assisting in Ozzie's rescue.
If you are interested in meeting
him, please complete our Adoption
From a volunteer: I
was visiting PWD yesterday and had the pleasure of finally meeting
Ozzie. What a guy!! He is a charmer! Sweet, funny, active but not hyper,
gets a long with everyone and everything. His most endearing quality is
, he's silly. There are no bad days in Ozzie's world! I watched him as
he stood over PWD's Ambassador "Megan". She was sunbathing and
he wanted to play. He sat next to her staring. He wanted to play sooo
bad. He even tried to talk to her with low moans and dog talk. If he had
a voice it would sound like Art Carney playing Ed Norton on the
honeymooners :-)) Hey Meg! Hey Meggy baby!! Too cute. If you have any
interest in adopting a dog, Ozzie is your boy! He's a dog for all
seasons and has a lot of love to give. Won't you be the one to give him
a forever home??...... love you Ozzie!
being an angel to Ozzie
|On January 21, 2014
Charley had luxating patella surgery. Although Charley
was very functional, (after several consults with our orthopedic
specialist and his regular vet) we all felt correcting his knees
would definitely be beneficial towards his future.
We are hoping in time as his muscles are reconditioned
his posture will improve. But, what we certain of is that
Charley's surgery has helped with any future arthritic
problems. Charley has also safely put on necessary
weight - so at 70lbs, he's now a strong, healthy boy - with a new set of
Age: 3 years old
Disability: Luxating patella's
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.
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
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|Molly is temporarily
unavailable as we evaluate what is needed for her leg. The
ortho team has recommended trying to save her leg - so, she will have
surgery to insert a plate to strengthen the bone and provide the best
opportunity for full use. Her vets bills will be $2000 - please consider
being an ANGEL for this wonderful girl. We ARE accepting
applications for Molly.
Age: 8 yrs old
Disability: Broken front leg
Breed/Weight: Border collie/ 65lbs (needs to lose 15lbs!)
Molly was hit by a car and her family was unable to manage the necessary
vet bills to help her. She was relinquished to a shelter that
works with us in MD. We are thrilled to have her.
is a classic, sweet, connected border collie. She is such a
pleasure to share some time with - always so happy and very willing to
please. She needs to lose some weight, especially to manage her
injured leg better. If you're looking for a new best friend, a dog to
introduce to friends, family and other dogs, Molly is your girl.
She would love to be an active participant in any family.
She will not be placed with children under the age of 7 - as with many
border collies - toddlers can confusing.
will need to be leash walked for about 6 weeks to see if the plate in
her leg will stabilize the old injury. We would appreciate any
financial assistance to handle her extensive vet bills.
|When Sam returned to the
rescue, we were quite frankly shocked at his condition. There were
obvious health issues and significant weight loss. Xrays, blood
work, change of diet all provided no improvement or diagnosis for his
digestive issues. Sam is now (12/10/13) in the hospital with
an unknown diagnosis relating to his stomach/colon and his medical bills
Sam is still hospitalized. The specialists gave him a colonoscopy and
believe he could be suffering from Crohns disease (a treatable condition)
or it could be cancer. We will have a definite diagnosis early next
week. Please keep Sam in your heart for some good healing
energy. Sam has been a great patient and the entire staff has fallen
update: Good News!! Sam is cancer free! He has
inflammatory bowel disease - which is manageable with good quality food
and some medication. We are going to give Sam a couple of weeks to
heal, put on a little weight, and allow his body to find a routine with
his new meds, then he will be available for adoption - he SO deserves a
loving home and family to spend the rest of his years with.
Sam has been suffering for months if not years with untreated inflammatory
bowel disease. After his lengthy stay at the hospital for
treatment and diagnosis in December, this past week Sam check
in with his internist, she stated "Sam's ultrasound still
showed thickening of the colon but to be expected after given the short
period of time we have been treating him, with ongoing treatment
Sam's colon walls should return to normalcy within the next
4-6 months." Sam
will still continue to be with our rescue until his recovery is complete.
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
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!
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
Annie - wheelchair dog
Kiri - wheelchair dog
Ernie - wheelchair dog
Dixie - wheelchair dog
Huey - Deaf Dog
Sandy - broken back
Megan - Blind dog
Pierce - Club fee
Candy - 3 legged
Maddie - wheelchair dog
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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