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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.  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 Wheel Chair Dogs Unavailable

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!!

Happy 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!

Name:  Brady
Age:  2 years old
Disability:  blind
Breed/Weight:   Yellow lab mix, about 60 pounds

History:  Brady was brought into an rural Ohio shelter as a stray. 

Have 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.

So 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. 

PWD Angel

Thank you to Kathleen Comstock for being an angel to Brady!

Name:  Ben
Age:  7-8 years
Disability:  blind
Breed/Weight:  Border Collie,  35 pounds  

History:  Ben was brought into a Pittsburgh shelter as a stray.

Ben's 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 routine vet.

We 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. 

We 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 Application

FROM 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 

So 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"..
"She 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! 

Name:  Cara
Age: 1 year old
Disability:  Blind
Breed/Weight:  Australian Cattle dog mix
History:  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.  
Luckily 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." 
Upon 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. 
We 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 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 bleeding for acceptance.  They may not be running marathons, but they will win your heart.

Name:  Janie
Age:     8 years old
Disability:  NONE
Breed/Weight:   Lemon Beagle,  25 pounds

History:  Janie was a stray out our local shelter.  

Although, 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.

Janie 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 her, please complete our Adoption Application. 

Name:  Barney
Age:  Senior
Disability:  hearing impaired
Breed/Weight:   Border collie mix - 35 pounds

History:  Barney's person was incarcerated and he was relinquished to the shelter.

Barney, 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. 

Barney 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 Application. 

PWD Angel

Thank you to Bonnie and John Yurga for being an angel to Barney.

Thank you Millie Coleman Groobey for being Barney's angel.

Name:  Betty
Age:  3 year old
Disability:  3 legged
Breed/Weight:  Puggle/Beagle Mix - 25lbs

History:  Betty was hit by a car and brought into a West Virginia shelter. A small advocacy group pulled her and contacted PWD.

Luckily 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."   

She 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 cats.

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

Name:  Ozzie
Age:  4 years old
Disability:  visually impaired in right eye
Breed/Weight:   Yellow lab mix, 50 pounds 

History:  Ozzie was brought into an rural overcrowded shelter as a stray.  

Meet Ozzie, a gorgeous fluffy white pup.  We have no idea how Ozzie ended 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!

Thank 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 Application.

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!

PWD Angel

Thank you Frank Spina for 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 knees.

Name:  Charley
Age:  3 years old
Disability:  Luxating patella's
Breed/Weight:   Doberman mix

History:  Charley was found as a stray.  He was picked up and return to the same shelter he was adopted from 3 years earlier as a puppy.  The shelter staff hearts sunk when they saw Charley's condition.  A body that should have weighed 70 pounds weighs only 40 pounds.  He was skin and bones and walking like an old man. They rallied around this boy, contacted many rescues,  and we responded and said yes.  

Charley is  true survivor.  Somehow he made it BACK to the safety of the same shelter that adopted him out 3 years earlier. The shelter manager was so sad to see this once vibrant puppy come back 3 years later in this horrid condition - emaciated -  and  by  the look of his physical condition,  might have spent much of his life in a crate too small for him.  After the shelter sent me his video, we felt the need to reach out and give this dog some human kindness. When he left the shelter, he ended up in the hospital, we believe he most likely gobbled up too much food at the shelter, it was too much for his GI system to handle.  As his internist explained to us,  his condition was grave and she was also sad to see a young dog in this condition.  Charley surprised us all and rebounded in a few days and was able to be transported to Pets with Disabilities. He walked thru our gates and we all just started crying,  we knew he was our project in so many ways.  

Charley's 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.

Because of 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.   

Charley's video

PWD Angel

We want to thank John & Bonnie Yurga for being an angel to Charley.

Thank you Carla LaGrassa for being Charley'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.

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

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.

Name:  Molly
Age:  8 yrs old
Disability:  Broken front leg
Breed/Weight:  Border collie/ 65lbs (needs to lose 15lbs!)

History:  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.

Molly 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.

Molly 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 are mounting. 

12/13/13 update:  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 in L-O-V-E!!

12/19/13 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.

1/6/14  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.

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 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 with CATS.  

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

PWD Angel

Thank you to Paulette Bocianfor being SAM's angel!

Thank you to Natasha Allen for being SAM'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

Annie - wheelchair dog

Kiri - wheelchair dog

Ernie - wheelchair dog

Dixie - wheelchair dog

Zelda - Bad Hips

Huey - Deaf Dog

Sandy - broken back

Megan - Blind dog

Pierce - Club fee

Candy - 3 legged

Maddie - wheelchair dog

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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