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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

Our Lizzy, crawled right in her foster mom's heart, and has become  a permanent family member. Lizzy will be enjoying her new life with a local couple who adore  her! Her day's of neglect are far gone now! 

A note from  her adopters  "We are all chilling here with Lizzy on my lap,  I loved Lizzy from the moment you got her out of the shelter, she is a perfect fit for my family, thank you PWD for saving her life and getting her to better one!"  

AND.  thank you for opening your heart to our feisty independent girl.

Name:  Lizzy
Age: 7 years old
Disability:  Sight and hearing impaired
Breed/Weight: Shih Tzu, 15 pounds

History: Lizzy was a stray, and taken to our local shelter. A very neglected dog that needed help fast.

When we rescued Lizzy she was in desperate need of vetting and grooming,  she was matted, and she had untreated skin, ear, and eye infections. In  just a few short weeks we have seen a big difference in her physically and mentally. It's amazing what vetting and grooming can do to make a pup feel better.  She is very good with dogs, but does seem to have an independent confident spirit.  Her trust in humans is getting better too, but this will take some time is definitely better. I think she knows she is safe now and she is feeling better. She enjoys being outside in small doses but seems to like snuggling on her bed the most.

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:  Chessie
Age: 1-2 years old
Disability:  3 legged

Breed/Weight:  Retriever/ Shepherd mix, petite 35 pounds

History:  Chessie was running loose for weeks if not months with a bad leg, finally she was caught and brought to  a rural West Virginia shelter.  Thankfully, one of our rescue advocates stepped up for her. Unfortunately her leg could not be saved and had to be amputated. Chessie was able to rest and recuperate at her vet office, (where they too fell in love with her) she was then  transported to PWD. 

Chessie arrived and is doing fantastic! Besides being beautiful, she is extremely smart, sweet, and extremely playful. She has settled nicely and finally feels safe! Her zest for life and having fun is contagious, we love to watch her play and run with the others. Chessie is good with kids and loves to play with toys. We play with the Chuckit toy everyday with her and she loves it! A tennis ball and a Chuckit, might be a great idea for a potential adopter for her! She keeps up with all her new 4 legged friends with ease, and is actually quite quick on 3 legs!

She is quiet when inside, house trained,  and has settled into her new routine with ease.  We are so  happy to have her with us as she waits for her FOREVER family. She will be a  great life companion to any active family. A fenced in area with another active dog would be perfect for Chessie.

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

Name: Romeo
Age:  1 year old
Disability: Missing right eye
Breed/Weight: A very happy hound

History:  Romeo was a stray, his family never came back to reclaim him, so one of our advocacy groups stepped up for him and called us. We have enjoyed working with this group in West Virginia and the dogs we have rescued from them have been in one word "awesome" dogs, and Romeo is no different.

What an incredibly sweet fun dog, he will greet you with a huge hound hug and kisses hence his new name Romeo. When he arrived at PWD we knew without a doubt his right eye needed to be removed, and our eye specialist concurred with our decision.  Romeo had surgery this week and is recuperating with ease, like nothing happened. We are not sure if he injured his eye or he was born like this, we should know for sure after when the biopsy report comes back, but  his surgeon believes he was most likely born this crazy looking eye ball.  

His foster family, sent us a little bit about their experience with this lovable guy, "Romeo quickly became a FAVORITE FOSTER in our home!  We all loved him.  (Initially I was apprehensive about fostering a hound, he was a puppy, who would chew and howl all night)  This was NOT the case at all. I quickly established a great routine and he settled right in. He barely made a noise unless he had to go out to potty or time to eat. He loved to run in our fence in back yard and also loved walks in our city park. Romeo is a quick study and learn things very quickly. He loves other everyone and other dogs, one day we came across a smaller dog and he got down on his stomach being submissive to the pup 1/2 his size.  So sweet! "

As Romeo has settled in at the rescue, we agree with all of his foster mom's assessments of him! Romeo loves to romp, play, run and wrestle, he is good in the car and has learned some basic commands quickly, sit, and will give you his paw. We think he would do great in any any active home, a fenced in area with a dog sibling close to his age. 

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

Daisy adopted! Our sweet girl's life has now come full circle. Thanks to many caring people, from the vet office, (who refused to put her to sleep) to the advocacy group who contacted us, and then finally to us. A young local woman completely fell in love with her playful fun energy and kind soul!

An update from her adopter, "We are doing great, and she is awesome!" Daisy will be living locally, with her fur sister Muffin.

Name: Daisy
Age: 3 years
Disability:  3 legged
Breed/Weight:  Lab/Boxer mix, 50 pounds
History:  Daisy was hit by a car her and family elected to put her to sleep. Luckily before that happened, they were asked to surrender her to the vet office, and they did.  Daisy then received all necessary medical care, and the vet reached out to us.
We are so happy the vet intervene before it was too late for this sweet dog.  What an incredibly sweet fun dog!! Her zest for life and having fun is contagious, we love to watch her play and run with the others. She knows she got a 2nd chance at life and she is loving every minute. Daisy is good with cats, kids and she loves to play with toys and keeps up with all her new 4 legged friends with ease, she is also great on lead. Another great 3 legged pup! She is quiet when inside and has settled into her new routine with ease. We are happy to have her with as she waits her FOREVER family. Not much more to say about this pup, she will be a  great life companion to any family! 

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

UPDATE DEC 2016: Hobo had another follow up appointment with our  dermatologists last week, these were his exact words, "HOBO looks amazing,  the medicine is definitely working for him and I am beyond thrilled! The best gift for me was to see how great Hobo looks now!" Hobo, is currently on one pill a day and doing great, but  still waiting for the special family to make him part of their lives.   

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. 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

PWD Angel

Thank you to  Time Is Now Watches
for being Stella's angel!

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!

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 is being fostered in South Jersey.

This is what his foster mom had to say about this sweet dog, , "This sweet boy adores the outdoors, so a fenced in area is required because he loves to run in and out. 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. Maverick has been fostered to adopt twice but returned, so we are cautious with placing him again. We are looking for someone in close proximity to his foster mom in South Jersey - within an hour. Maverick is a very independent dog (at times cat like) so if you are looking for the snuggle dog, Maverick is not the dog. Maverick loves hugs but he does not also initiate affection like other dogs. When he wants your attention he sometimes mouths, knocks things over or barks. He is good boy with a unique personality. We feel that he would do best in a home with another dog. Everyone who has ever met Maverick just LOVES him."

Note: Maverick is on several medications for seizures, and a particular dog food that works for him, he receives meds in the morning and evening and dog food can be found easily online or a local feed and farm store. Medications will be provided by the rescue. Our vet noted, dogs with seizures do need to stay on a strict routine and not to deviate from his schedule too much.

We are looking for an adopter in the South Jersey


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


PWD Angel

Thank you to  Teddy Schaeffer
for being Maverick'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

Name:  Rusty
Age:  1 year
Disability:  Sight impaired
Breed/Weight:  Schnauzer/doxy mix   12 lbs.

History: Rusty was an owner give up and landed in our local shelter. Another very neglected small dog that needed help fast.

When we rescued Rusty he was in desperate need of vetting and grooming, he was matted and flea ridden. Besides being super cute, Rusty has your typical Schnauzer temperament. He is a funny little guy,who exemplifies all the great characteristics of the breed, intelligent, fearless, super loyal, very loving, super sweet, very obedient, settles quickly and just downright charming. All who meet him fall in love!

Next week  Rusty has an appointment with our eye specialist. We are hoping he might be a candidate to have his young cataracts removed.  We will post a Rusty update after his appointment. All of his regular routine vetting has been done along with his very first grooming and he is looking and doing great!  Rusty is currently in a foster home, and doing well with family and fur family. 

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 -  ???

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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$6.00 including shipping

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