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Disabled Dogs for Adoption  
from Pets with Disabilities

The following dogs are available for adoption from Pets with Disabilities - we are located in Southern Maryland.  WE WILL ONLY ADOPT DOGS INTO OUR REGION -which includes MD, VA, WV, DE, NJ, PA & NY (ie within a 6 hr drive of the rescue)

Please email us for additional information concerning a specific dog - the adoption process will begin with a completed application.

THANK YOU for your generosity!!

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

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

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!!

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.

Name: Rayne
Age: 1 - 2 years
Disability:  Deaf
Breed/Weight:  Aussie/cattle dog mix, 30 pounds

History: A local rescue friend reached out to us to see if we could accept a deaf pup, that had been living with her puppy's in an outside pen. Of course we said yes and so happy we did, Rayne will finally be out of the harsh elements of the upcoming winters of West Virginia.

Rayne is a bundle of great energy, she is very agile and very smart.  She is great with the other pups, but loves to be in the company of humans and enjoys following me around the yard. We have a volunteer willing to work with her so she can learn some basis signs. We feel Rayne would do best if she were adopted with one of her ďhearingĒ canine friends she has met and played with at PWD and requires a yard with hard fencing

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

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: Bruce Wayne aka Batman
Age:  1 - 2 years old
Disability:  3 legged

Breed/Weight:  Hound/Shepherd mix  40 pounds

History:   Bruce was struck by a car, a good Samaritan found him a few days later and  call the local police.  They transferred him to a local vet office where his fate was up in the air. He had 2 broken hips, one needed amputation the other needed surgical repair. After many conversations with the vet WE proceeded with his necessary surgeries, and thank goodness we did, what a fabulous soul!  

We love the markings on his face, hence the nickname Batman.   

Bruce Wayne might be missing a leg but what he lacks in legs he makes up with his big heart. Bruce is one laid back dog, who easily adjusted to his new rescue. He has become one of our favorites and has become best friends with our other laid back 3 legged hound Hobo. A great dog, not too vocal, great in the car, housebroken, and settles easy,  not much more to say about this dog, so happy he made it here, donít miss out on "Batman",  he will be a great life companion to any family! 

He stayed at the vet office for over 2 weeks, and they absolutely fell in love with him, and happy for him.

Another beautiful sweet hound ready to find his family.

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

PWD Angel

Thank you to Oksana Ivanova
for being Bruce's angel!

Name:  Hobo -
Age:  2 years old -
Disability:  3 legged - Breed/Weight:  Walker hound,  50 pounds

History:  Fate would control Hobo's young life as he wondered into a very rescue friendly person's yard with a fractured back leg. She immediately took him to the vet where yet another person was there to assist Hobo - she found PWD and made sure he was safe. 

We are very thankful to everyone who assisted Hobo along his journey to getting medical attention, healing and the folks who helped with transporting him to PWD! Everyone in the right place at the right time for an injured dog and a second chance at finally finding a loving family. He has touched so many hearts! Here is a little of what his foster mom had to say about him during his recuperation, "Hobo was one of the easiest dogs I have ever fostered, he is so good natured and got along great with all my dogs including my little bossy female, Queen bee. I have a 5 year old and he  did absolutely great with him, he just loves everyone. When we went to the vets for checkups, he would ride in my back seat and just loved being chauffeured. He will be a great companion dog to any family." Hobo is doing great at the rescue!  Loves the dogs, thrives on human attention, and all around friendly dog!  He even likes to play with tennis balls.  Another beautiful sweet hound that is ready for find his forever home. 

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

When Hobo arrived at the rescue we noticed some spots on his skin, after seeing several specialists he was finally diagnosed with histocytosis, a very rare condition caused by an immune system reaction, but why it develops in some dogs is unclear.  It is NOT contagious, and has no known cure, but can be controlled and managed by special medications. Hobo will be here at PWD, as we monitor his skin. Mentally and physically he is doing GREAT, we all love him here and hope we can find an adopter who will understand this is Hobo, "this is his reality", something he will be dealing with for the remainder of his life. Please donít let this hinder you in meeting and adopting this fantastic dog, he is so sweet natured and deserving of a family.

PWD will stand behind this dog 100 percent even when adopted!

Age:  5 Ĺ  Years old
Disability:  Congenital skull malformation
Breed/Weight: Dachshund/Doberman mix,  40 lbs.

History: Originally Stella was a stray at our local shelter, her person came to claim her, but decided she was not worth it, and the shelter was quite happy about that decision.  Stella has a wobbly gait but this does not deter her ability to walk and run, she does great.  She is actually pretty amazing and cute to watch. 

Stella was adopted 5 years ago and finds herself needing help from PWD again, due to the failing health of her fur mom. Stella came back to PWD a little confused about the transition - initially fearful and scared.  After a day or two until she finally realized she was back where her "good" life had begun. Stella is now feeling more comfortable and gaining confidence daily.  She enjoys her toys and a comfy  bed. She is a lovable mix, who will certainly melt your heart when you meet her. She loves and needs the company of other dogs and cats. In her former home, the cats were her best friends, they would cuddle together. So cute!

Stella is a sweet girl looking for a new person and fur friends to spend the rest of her life.  

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

See these 2 in action!

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!

Name:  Greta
Age:  7 years old
Disability:  Being a skinny  black dog in an overcrowded shelter.  She needed some minor vetting that we are taking care of
Breed/Weight:  Terrier/retriever  mix, 30 pounds.

History:  Greta was stray found in southern Maryland.   

Finally Greta's fate turned last week and timing was perfect.  I went to visit a stray blind dog at our local shelter and Greta happened to be out in the rescue yard  being walked by a friend/volunteer. I asked about her and the volunteer explained she had been there for over 4 months being overlooked by many, she was one of the only dogs NOT adopted during the "clear the shelter day."  Although not technically disabled, I could tell she needed some good vetting and to gain some weight.  She needed out and she made it quite clear - she did not want to be return to her cell, her brakes were on.  I decided to step up for her and am so happy we did. 

What a fantastic dog! Within days she already looks better, gaining weight, her fur and skin is beginning to look and feel better. She will have minor precautionary surgery this week to remove a small mass. We love her and she has fit in great with the other dogs!  A quiet girl, (except at meal time) and totally 100 percent house broken. She loves her bed and is so thankful to be here. She will be a great companion dog.

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

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!

Name:  Maverick
Age:   4 years old
Disability:  Affects of Distemper,  seizures controlled by meds.
PWD will cover cost of meds for Maverick.
Breed/Weight:  Shepherd mix, 60 pounds

History:  Maverick's primary caretaker became very ill and could no longer care for him.  Maverick was being fostered in South Jersey, he is now with us at PWD.

This is what his foster mom had to say about this sweet dog, "Maverick is beautiful inside and out!  He is a gentle soul who had a rough start in life but has put his past behind him and is now looking for someone to give him the wonderful life he deserves.  This sweet boy adores the outdoors, so a fenced in area would be helpful, but not required if his adopter is an outdoor person who would take him for walks so they could enjoy the outdoors together.  Maverick likes going for walks, being combed, and loves car rides - he is so well behaved in the car you don't even know he is there.  Maverick does great with dogs and is cat friendly.  He is housebroken and crate trained.  If you are looking for a companion who is easy going, low maintenance, and super sweet - Maverick is the boy for you. Everyone who has ever met Maverick just LOVES him." 

Maverick is transitioning very well to his new surrounding and new fur friends. He is out and about with the dogs,  exploring his new environment and sometimes he is just sitting on our porch, enjoying nature. His recall is very good and he seems to have the true loyal German shepherd personality.  He has crept into our hearts very quickly.

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


PWD Angel

Thank you to  Teddy Schaeffer
for being Maverick's angel!

Name: Mr Tee
Age: 3 years old
Disability: A healed fracture of the distal ulna, his bone is completely healed, but turned a bit outward in its healing. No amputation is needed. Another minor disability that no other rescue or adopter could see past.  We are thrilled to have him here.
Breed/Weight:  Walker hound,  50 pounds

History:  Mr Tee was surrendered to a Virginia shelter by a hunter because he refused to chase deer.  As they say in Virginia, "Virginia is for lovers" - and Mr Tee is a true testament to this.  

" Mr Tee" is a fun active, goofy pup and has really flourished at the rescue. At first he was a bit shy around humans (not in an aggressive way) but he gets it now, we are not going to ask him to chase deer, the pressure is off and he can have fun, his hunting days are LONG behind him now. He now RUNS over to us with a big hound smile, wagging tail, wanting love and attention from all of us! He enjoys playing with all the dogs, loves to play with tennis balls or any other interesting toy in the yard. What a great dog! 

He is not very vocal, good in the car, housebroken, and settles easily in his apartment.

Another beautiful sweet hound that is ready for find his forever home.

PWD Angel

Thank you to  Jessica Clark for being Mr. Tee'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 


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

Yeager, now Sammy,  has been adopted!  Sammy was here just long enough to get  his much needed  medical care, and as soon he was posted, these two  Golden lovers knew Sammy was their dog!  Sammy will be living life large on the Cape with 2 fantastic rescued hounds, Missy and Jake.

We get lots of updates on Sammy, but this one was so sweet,  "They are all so cute together,  Jake and Missy watch out  for him, and Sammy just melts my heart, we just can't get enough of him,  thank you so much PWD!"

Yeager, a 16 week old, AKC registered purebred golden retriever, was brought into this world by a breeder who neglected routine puppy care. ROUTINE puppy care requires worming...  this was NEVER done.  The parasite load in this young puppy is SO extreme, the vet could see worms in his eyes via MRI.  As a result of this neglect, he is now is blind, in pain and will have both his eyes removed. Devastating when it could have been so easily prevented.

Lolly (Lolly Pop) another cutie,  has been adopted!   Lolly, was here long enough to get necessary leg surgery to repair her fractured front legs.  Our adopters were so excited to get her into their family they took her during her recuperation time.  Lolly was able to recuperate in a quiet  and loving  home with her new fur sister, another Schnauzer mix, Gypsie.    A big thank you to these folks for helping us with the recuperation and recovery of this young spirit, who definitely needed a 2nd chance at life!

From our adopter,   "all the dogs we have adopted from PWD have enriched our lives in some way or another. Lolly is the latest joyful addition to our family, despite the suffering she endured she landed in the care of PWD, Joyce and Mike.  She is now a happy bundle of joy, we are grateful for her and as you can see has settle right in!" 

Meet another very young pup, 7 mo old, Lolly. She had a very unfortunate fall and sustained multiple breaks in both her front legs.  Her prognosis was grim without surgical intervention. Lolly underwent surgery yesterday and is NOW on the road to recovery! She will require many weeks of post op care here and at the hospital, besides regular vetting.

Our "quirky"  little Bee has been adopted, she landed in the perfect home!  A person who  "gets  it" and understanding  that with  Bee's history it will take a lot of perseverance,  patience and treats for her to even pet her.   She has committed to working with her daily.  Bee  loves hanging with  Emily, her new canine friend and feline friend  Paxton, these two will be instrumental  with helping  Bee's confidence and trust in new human friends.

A big thank you to this adopter for coming back to PWD to adopt another dog in need, especially Bee!!   

Name:  Bee
Age:  7 years old
Disability:  Partially blind/ deaf
Breed/Weight:   LLasa Apso Mix  20 pounds
History:  Bee came into PWD with Charlotte and Clyde from an extremely neglectful situation. She is unsocialized, so we are working with her to become trustful with humans.  
If you have an interest in helping Ms Bee, please contact Joyce.   Any potential foster or adopter will need to understand fearful pups and have patience.  Ms Bee is fantastic with other dogs, so a well-balanced confident k9 friend would be best for her.  Bee enjoys being outside, strutting around tail high and wagging, she is good on lead and I believe she is more comfortable on lead with human touch.  She is coming along here and she is certainly cute as a button!

Update on Murphy:

Last month we rolled Murphy out of the shelter. Unable to walk on his own, he was diagnosed with an extreme prostate infection. In the midst of treatment we discover he also had a tumor on his liver.

Sad for Murphy, but so happy his final days will be spent with a loving couple who adore him. Knowing his time is limited they still wanted to give him a home. Such kindness from a couple who did not know this pup. ...

We get daily updates on Murphy's health and so far he is stable. We all realize each good day we have with him is a true gift.

When I went down to our local shelter to meet an older blind dog, I was not expecting to meet an extremely sick blind dog. I realize immediately that was he was suffering. He was on a 7 day stray hold but luckily the shelter allowed us to pull him early, and we got him to the vet. Murphy was suffering from a severe prostate infection, he is being treated and is beginning to feel better but certainly not out of the woods yet.

Angels are needed for his complete recovery and hopeful regular vetting bills.
PWD Angel

Thank you to Jane Gentile
for being Murphy's angel!

Disabled Dogs that have a permanent home at PWD 

These dogs are not available for adoption, 
but of course need to be cared for everyday by the sole caretaker at the rescue

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 -  ???

Dottie - Blind dog

Charm - Blind 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.


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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