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Disabled Dogs for Adoption  
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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 don’t 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  don’t stray away from their comfort zone.  I personally trail walk with one of our blind hounds, totally off lead, and she will never stray far from me or the trail.  She exemplifies the  character of a great hound.  Anyone that has met Megan,  truly understand the heart of a hound.   

Bottom line, they make great dogs to have here at PWD! - Joyce

Meet the Blind dogs at Pets with Disabilities
Living with a blind dog is very similar to living with a sighted dog - many of the blind dogs at the rescue where born blind, so they are fearless in their movements and have acute hearing and smelling senses.  They may bump into something, but it's usually only once.  When we open the apartments doors - they come out the door, down the hall, and into the yard without missing a beat.  They will all jump up on their futon beds, and they like toys, and some how they always know where their person is for the hugs and belly rubs.  We really like our blind rescues to have a fenced yard and railings on any stairways.  We encourage you to open your heart to a blind dog - they will repay you with their huge heart!!

Name:  Brody
Age:  2 years old
Disability:  Blind
Breed/Weight:  Golden/ lab Mix

History: Brody was in a "hoarding" situation, all their dogs were confiscated and relinquished to animal control.  Because of Brody's neglected past he came to us physically and mentally broken. Expecting a young vibrant blind pup, Brody was a far cry from this. He was withdrawn, shy, very thin, and his spirit was gone.

Brody has had a long road to recovery here at PWD,  but all of us including his doctors, feel he is healthy and ready for adoption! Brody is finally off all medications back to eating a regular canine diet, and best of all heartworm negative! We got Brody thru the worst and now its time to find him an adopter who will care for Brody and give him a great canine life. Brody's personality is a 10!  He is a sweet gentle dog, that has done great with all the dogs. He loves to wander thru the the yard independently,  and will sit quietly under a tree enjoying the smells and noises of the outside! Brody is great on lead, but a fenced yard is required for Brody. 

Brody is a favorite of ours and anyone else that has met him.  We are so excited for him and anxiously await to meet the family he fought so hard to live for.

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

PWD Angel

Thank you to Susan Meserve for being  Brody's angel
Thank you
David Smith for being Brody's angel
Thank you Maryanne Fletcher for being Brody's angel
Thank you Linda Reagan for being Brody's angel
Thank you Rosalie Buck for being Brody's angel
Thank you Dina Friedman for being Brody's angel
Thank you
Terri Chrisman-Holder
for being Brody's angel
Thank you
Lisa and Jeff Seibert
for being Brody's angel

Name: Charm 
Age: 8 years 
Breed/Weight: Border Collie/ 45 pounds 
Disability: Blind

History: Charm developed mature cataracts in both eyes which left her blind. Fearing for her safety on a working farm, her family reached out for help. Her eyes have been examined and tested by an eye specialist upon arrival here at PWD to see if cataracts could be removed. Unfortunately, after further diagnostics, surgery is definitely NOT an option. She is NOT in any pain and handles her blindness like a champ.

Charm has been with our rescue for almost a year, scratching our heads and saying WHY? To say Charm is blind is true, but truly not fair. After spending a year with us, I can honestly say Charm is by far one of the most intelligent border collies I have had the pleasure or knowing and spending time with. Charm likes conversation, our communication skills have become like two good friends, one helping another. I tell her where she needs to be and she understands quickly. She knows when I need for her to come in, she knows where all the doors are located, she knows her eating area, and when I just want some company in my office and she gladly lays with content by my desk. We created a mutual respect and trust for each other. Charm, welcomes all of our visitors and volunteers with a big welcome hug, as if to say are you here to meet me?

As one of our volunteers noted people need to come see the beauty of Charm first hand, and understand being blind has not taken her border collie spirit away in fact it has enhanced it!

Charm spent a couple of days with a very dear friend, she too was amazed at the awesomeness of Charm with her family and her fur family of border collies. "OMG! She is really a fabulous dog – VERY connected to people, when you call her, she comes right over, gives you a little “nose pop on the leg” and then jumps up to say hi as close as possible. She was great with the other dogs, but didn’t really seem to need them around, she loved being part of a “household”. We got home very late, so in the morning, she met the dogs, and then I put them all back to bed and left her out downstairs. She did a complete “mapping of my house” – it was amazing to watch. I decided to leave her be and went back to bed – about an hour later I heard her upstairs walking around the hallway – then she went back downstairs. By the time everyone got up again, she knew where the kitchen counters were, where the door ways were, where the couple of in-room steps were, the water bowls, the dog beds, the tables, chairs, etc… I was in awe. Brilliant girl!! I did not have to provide her ANY guidance after her “mapping” was done – in and out the door, up and down the deck, calling her from another room, up and down the stairs like any other dog. She does some herding, but only when the action is amped up and she feels she needs to be involved – ran FULL speed after my dogs in the back yard – but, other than that kind of “work” she was very content being with everyone, not really looking for “stuff” to do. Only minor toy interest, she ate in the kitchen with everyone without issue. She will only bark when she has something to say  “ I know you’re behind the closed door, open it.”

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

PWD Angel

Thank you to Yvette Broussall for being Charm's Angel

Thank you John and Bonnie Yurga for being an Angel to Charm
"In loving memory of Jasmine, our sweet Mena girl"

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.


After losing a his blind dog recently,  this adopter returned to PWD,  to adopt!  And he fell in love with Rayne!  What a  nice way to honor his past dog's life.

I  received a sweet update from her adopter,   " Rayne is doing great, my new crazy girl, loves to play but is obsessed on chasing birds,  she's a love bug and has filled a huge gap in my life, it's fun to come home from work again, and a wagging tail is greeting me!"

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. Rayne would love a great hearing canine friend and requires a yard with hard fencing. 

Name: Riley
Age:  6 months
Disability:  Deaf
Breed/Weight:  Border Collie mix, 30 pounds

History: Riley was relinquished to a shelter in South Carolina,  he was too active for his family. Loyal PWD supporters and adopters pulled him for us and is now fostering until transport is set up to Maryland.

Riley is a bundle of great energy,  he is very agile and very smart.  His foster says, he is such a funny boy. He loves to wrestle and loves to play with the other dogs. He enjoys playing fetch but his most favorite activity is by far chasing the hose.  He is incredibly, loyal sticks by us when he can, he leans on us and craves affection.  He has learned some basic hand signals, still in the chewing stage but we have offered him kongs and interactive toys and that has solved the problem, he is crate trained. Riley will be a wonderful family dog with active family and canine family. He will require 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.


Talk about a match made in heaven!   When Gizmo (now Jackson)  met Luna,  we all knew these two were meant for each other,  they play, ran, chase each other like they had known each other for years! 

"We are the luckiest family to have adopted Jackson from PWD,  he is one amazing little guy, and  has adjusted great to his new home, and Luna is having the time of her life with her new fur brother.   Thank you PWD for everything!"  

Name: Gizmo
Age: 1-2 years
Disability:  Minor back leg disability, amputation definitely NOT needed.
Breed/Weight: Lab/terrier mix, 35 pounds.  

History: Gizmo was found as stray and taken to a West Virginia shelter. Gizmo was overlooked by possible adopters and rescues, although his disability is minor, he was still in need. 

His foster person wrote a little about his personality as he waited for his transport to PWD, "Gizmo is a happy super sweet little guy that loves to give bear hugs to anyone he meets. He loves to play with toys, in fact is a toy hoarder, he would find toys and hide them in his crate.  His favorite activities is to play fetch with a tennis ball then settle in with a peanut butter Kong!  He is a very fast, energetic boy and we think another playful fur friend would be great for him. Gizmo is good with kids, crate trained, and house trained."

Gizmo has arrived a PWD and is settling in nicely. He was a little shy at first, but then the bear hugs and tail wagging started with in a few days. We hope we can get this sweet boy a home quick!    

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. 

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

Name:  Polly
Age:  2-3 years old
Disability:  Deformity or injury with her 2 front legs
Breed/Weight:  Shepherd/Lab Mix  45 pounds

History: Polly was found abandoned with her 3 puppies on a busy highway, a kind Samaritan pulled over and got the pups and mom to safety. 

Polly got to spend some time with a foster home while waiting for her spot to open up at PWD, this is what her foster mom had to say about  her. "Polly is a strong female, but does get along good with both male and female pups, she is very playful and enjoys her toys, but like many abandon dogs she seeks attention from humans, loves people."  

Polly just arrived and will know more about her personality as she spends time here. Polly was heart worm positive and has been treated.

UPDATE - 2/8/16 - Polly has been seen by both of our orthopedics and our Physical rehab therapist and we are all in agreement to not pursue amputation of Polly's leg. We are looking into a prosthetic devise to help Polly. So stay tuned for more Polly updates, as we discuss and meet with Animal Orthorcare, who specializes in prosthetics.

UPDATE - 4/15/16 -Unfortunately Polly did not take to her prosthetic limb. She decided life was good without it, and as you can see from the attached video, she keeps up with her 4 legged friends just fine.

Check out this video on YouTube:

PWD Angel

Thank you John and Bonnie Yurga for being an Angel to Polly.
"In memory of Oscar, my little man, and Rembrandt, my baby boy.
We will miss you both forever" 

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 an open 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 a very 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


Name:  Pepperdine,  aka Pepper
Age: 5 years old
Disability:  Leg deformity, most likely birth defect in front right leg,   her mobility is fine, and she is able to do stairs.
Breed/Weight:  Corgi/beagle mix, 40 pounds

History:  Pepper was abandoned on a busy highway, a kind Samaritan pulled over and got her to the safety of a shelter where she patiently waited for her family for over a month, they never came.  She soon became a shelter favorite, as the manager noted  "one of the sweetest pups we have ever seen, she is so lovable and will sing for her treats!"

When we were asked to rescue her and saw her beautiful soulful eyes, we had no hesitation!  Pepper stayed in a foster home for a couple of weeks and just as I expected she was a great dog! Her foster family noted, "She gets along great with our pack, no aggression at all, just the most sweet loving soul, friendly with other pups, friendly towards kids, good on lead, good in the car, and house trained. She will make a great companion dog for any situation!"

Pepper is now at PWD and has become our new office pup (along with a few others) waiting for that special family to come meet her and steal your heart!

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

Our sweet Tippy now Gretchen has been adopted. As you can see she has settled with her new family with ease.

A note from her new fur parents, "Gretchen joined our family in New Hampshire, and we can not imagine our lives without her. She has such an outgoing personality, so sweet, affectionate, playful and LOVES to cuddle! We would like to thank Joyce and the pwd team for always being there to answer our many questions and for helping our Gretchen find her home with us!"

Name:  Tippi
Age:  2 years old
Disability:  3 legged
Breed/Weight:  Small Terrier/lab mix - 30lbs

She was found under a house with her litter of  4 puppies - nursing the only surviving puppy.  She had a severe leg injury that required amputation.  Tippi likes to play with toys, gets along dogs and is SO sweet.  We are looking forward to getting to know her better in the upcoming weeks.

Tippi was heart worm positive and has been treated.


The latest recipient of the Critical Care team efforts!!

Name:  CHEZ
Age: 8 yrs old
Disability:  2 broken front legs
Breed/Weight:  poodle - 10 lbs

Meet our newest Critical Care Team recipient, Chez. Chez had a very unfortunate fall and sustained multiple breaks in both his front legs.  He has already met with our orthopedic team. His prognosis was grim, without surgical intervention, so Chez will undergo major surgery to repair both his legs. Chez will require many weeks of post op care here and at the hospital.    

This little guy has been nothing short but amazing and patient, as we all get to know each other.  I know he knows we are here to help him.

Please consider being an angel for this precious little guy!!

PWD Angel

Thank you to  Millie Groobey for being Chez'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


She came to PWD with Charlotte and Clyde from a VERY neglectful situation.  She is very unsocialzed, having very little contact with humans, so we are working with her to help us trust humans are GOOD!

If you have interest in her, please contact Joyce.  Anyone interested will need to understand fearful dogs, have a lot of patience, and she'd probably do best with a confident, balanced  canine friend.


Age: 5 year old
Breed/Weight:  Hound mix
Disability:  Blind - 40lbs

Yet another hound mix with a severe eye trauma resulting in his blindness, most likely a hunting accidents. His right eye was extremely painful and he needed a total eye enucleation.  Blaze had the best team of eye specialist on his side.

We would love for Blaze to have an experienced foster home for a little while.  Now that some of his health concerns have been addressed, it's obvious that Blaze has had little socialization with people or the world in general.  He is completely non-aggressive, but extremely fearful.  He is good with other dogs, and is improving with people step by step, but could really benefit with a 24/7 relationship with a patient person, in a calm environment.  Contact Joyce for more information.

PWD Angel

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

Thank you  Robert Amos for being an angel for Blaze

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

Abe -  blind/deaf

Janie -  ???

Dottie - 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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