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Because their spirits aren't broken


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 talked 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: Charm 
Age: 7 years 
Breed/Weight: Border Collie/ 45 pounds 
Disability: Blind

History: Charm experienced trauma to her eyes which left her blind. Fearing for her safety on a working farm, her family reached out for help.

Charm spent a couple of days with a PWD friend that has border collies - this is what she said: 

"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 – it 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 – ie: “ I know you’re behind the closed door, open it” – she did not bark at the door or new people, etc

At 7 yrs old – this is the first time she’s worn a collar.  She’s not crazy about being led by the collar, but she’ll go anywhere she’s asked to go by talking to her… an adopter would need to understand that and be cautious – she doesn’t bite, but gives a pretty significant head turn at times. Joyce has NONE of these issues due to the trust they have established.

Her coat is soft and silky….  Her eyes are not the “cloudy” blind eyes, but instead they look like diamonds with a little sparkle.  She could have easily lived in my house – likes men, women and kids – LOVED my son when he came home for a couple of days.  She really needs a border collie person – not a disabled dog person.  She is not good with cats."

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.



Name:  Simon
Age:  Senior
Disability:  hearing impaired
Breed/Weight:   Lab/basset mix  70 pounds

History:  Simon was a stray at our local shelter.

Simon spent over 3 months at our shelter, with no rescue or adopter wanting to help him. His canine spirit was broken and he desperately needed vet care.

Simon is looking for his forever retirement home.  He is a very independent soul, whose demands are few, a warm bed, a leisurely stroll around the yard, respect and love! We are happy to see him finally reconnecting  to humans, wagging his tail when we approach him, wanting to spend some time with us.

Simon has been vetted and is a very healthy senior dog - a complete senior "work up" showed no impending health issues. We hope Simon can spend his senior days with a person who enjoys and appreciates the wisdom of a senior dog with an awesome pair of EARS!  Simon would do best as a solo dog or with female a friend.

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

 

PWD Angel Thank you to Tanya Gott for being an angel to Simon.

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: Keyser
Age:  7 months old
Breed/Weight: Retriever Mix - 25 pounds
Disability: 3 legged

History: PWD received an urgent call from a vets office - about a cute 7 month old that had just been relinquished to the vet be euthanized. He fractured both his front legs when he was hit by a car.

Keyser became a 3 legged dog when his initial surgery to repair BOTH front legs didn't fix the nerve damage in one leg - but, now he's FAST and agile on his 3 legs.  He is a petite guy at 25lbs - and has endured so much at such a young age, but as they all do - they find their own "new normal" and share their hearts with hope and joy.

He is great with other dogs, loves to play fetch with tennis balls, walks well on lead, loves car rides and really enjoys human companionship! The family that opens their home to Keyser will share it with a true survivor, a dog that loves every minute of life and is happy to share that joy.

Keyser's bills have exceeded $5000.00 and help toward his care is greatly appreciated. 

WATCH KEYSER'S VIDEO!  If you are interested in meeting him, please complete our Adoption Application.

PWD Angel

Thank you Lenny Cywinski for being an angel to Keyser





Name:  Marty
Age:  2 years Old
Disability:  3 legged
Breed/Weight:   Beagle Mix/  23 pounds

History:  Marty was found as a stray and transported to a rural Virginia shelter.

Sweet Marty!  Marty came from one of the shelters we work with in Virginia. After Marty's amputation he stayed at the shelter for a couple of weeks for recuperation time and for a spot to open up here!  He became a shelter favorite and lived pretty much in their office.

The shelter staff had this to say about him: "Marty spent most of his days snoozing the hours away behind the front desk, he would greet everyone that came in with a wagging tail. He is a happy dog, loves belly rubs, and will wander over to us and gently put his head and paw on my lap wanting a little love.  He is a very quiet dog, in fact we really have never heard him bark here, and good with cats!" 

Marty is no different here... he has warmed his way into our hearts and now also lives in our office with 2 other dogs.  He's a petite, sweet boy that will fit into any canine home. He enjoys other dogs, is learning to play with toys and is a great cuddler.  He won't take up much room on the couch, and he'll melt your heart with those golden eyes. We know soon, there will be another LUCKY family joining the PWD adopter list when they open their hearts to Marty!

WATCH MARTY'S VIDEO!  If you are interested in meeting him, please complete our Adoption Application.

 

PWD Angel

Thank you Milley Groobie for being an angel to Marty




Name:  Drake
Age:   1-2 years old
Disability:  3 legged 
Breed/Weight:   Yellow/reddish lab mix, about 50 pounds

History:  Drake was a roaming neighborhood dog, with no home and an injured leg - he was finally picked up as a stray. Drake was rescued by an advocacy group we work with on a regular basis and finally received the medical attention he needed. 

Drake stayed in a foster home for some post op recovery time while he waited for transport to be arranged. Here is a little info from the foster home "I have been fostering for 4 years, and they have all touched my heart but something about Drake,  pulled my heartstrings beyond imaginable! I love this fella!   He has become best friends with Godzilla, my orange cat, caught them both napping together and has been great with all my dogs,  he loves the water and to play with the tennis ball.   Please keep me posted on this big hunk of love, would love to know when he if finally settled into his new home and a loving family,  he is so deserving!" 

Drake arrived at PWD and has settled with ease into his new environment. Drake exhibits all the wonderful characteristics of the companion Labrador!  He is easy going, smart, happy, and great around kids and other dogs! So how much more do you need?  We have completely fallen in love with him at PWD and we know he'll do a good job becoming a cherished member of his new family - as long as they have tennis balls and enjoy having a dog participate in life with them.

WATCH DRAKE'S VIDEO!  If you are interested in meeting him, please complete our Adoption Application.




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 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 Bocian for being SAM's angel!

Thank you to Natasha Allen for being SAM's angel!




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. 


PWD Angel

Thank you to Denise Banning 
for being an angel to Janie.



Name:  Charley
Age:  3 years old
Disability:  Luxating patellas
Breed/Weight:   Doberman mix

History:  Charley was found as a stray.  He was picked up and returned 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 weighed 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.  

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!  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, 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. Charley would love to be the constant companion to a strong leader - although he likes everyone, he would especially love to have a man in his life.

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.   

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

PWD Angel

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

Thank you Carla LaGrassa for being Charley's angel




Susie and her new dad, enjoying some cuddle time!
 

YEAH for Susie!! This family has fostered many dogs for us, but Susie just captured their hearts and they decided to make her a permanent family member of their family this past week! When Susie arrived at PWD she was so sad, defeated, no emotion, not even a tail wag. My friend reached out and said let us bring Susie home, she belongs here, and I agree she did belong there. She has made quick friends with her new fur brother Hoke and sister Daisy. She is now Hoke's shadow. After visiting Susie this past week, she finally had a twinkle back in her eye, tail wagging, chasing wildlife, she is finally getting her fun loving lab spirit back! Susie's new fur mom is an avid swimmer, so swimming will be a daily part of her life, which will be great as she continues her recuperation. She will also enjoy Carolina beaches and Jersey shore vacations every year!! Thank you so much for opening up your home and heart to this older girl, who definitely was one lost soul!

Name:  Susie
Age: 7 years old
Disability: Injured pelvis and tail, healing underway
Breed/Weight:   Black lab, 60 pounds
History: Susie was found lying in a ditch, most likely a hit by a car, when some good Samaritans found her and transporter her to a well-known independent rescuer in West Virginia.  She immediately place her in vet care but Susie need more specialize care and WE were asked to step in to help her.
Susie seemed a bit sad upon arrival, but within days has quickly shown some of the infamous lab personality, bonded like Velcro to us, good with dogs, and even playful, loves to have things in her mouth,  LOL!   
However she is definitely still in recovery mode. For the next 4 weeks, she will be on strict rest, as her back end continues to heal and stabilize.  The 2 specialists she met this week are quite hopeful for a complete recovery.  Each day, she is showing signs of improvement. Susie's short-term life in rescue, will consist of strict rest, leash walks, massages on back legs.. all in an effort to help her gain her full strength and stability. She has already shown remarkable improvement. She is a trooper and has dealt with all her new surroundings quite well.


 
PWD Angel

Thank you Susan Dilbert for being an Angel to Susie, In loving Memory of Buddy-


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 

SPECIAL HEALING NOW UNDERWAY
These DOGS are currently NOT AVAILABLE 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:  Theo
Age: Puppy
Disability:   3 legged
Breed/Weight:  German Shepherd Mix, 25  pounds

History: Theo was a stray relinquished to one of our local shelters.

It's not very often we have a disabled puppy! Puppy energy back in the rescue is so much fun and all the dogs are loving him and the young energy. He is a good little guy, rough, tough and so lovable.  He manages play time with the adult pups extremely well and will settle very quickly. He is very smart and seems to understand the routine of the barn! He is an amazing little guy now, but in a few months will be an amazing big boy.

Theo is scheduled to have his leg amputated. He will be ready to go to his new home soon.   We are accepting applications on Theo now. 


 
PWD Angel

Thank you Lisa and Jeff Siebert
for being an angel
to Theo


Brody's SEVERE heart worm has had an impact on other organs in his body.  He is currently on a special diet and trial medications for his multiple liver shunts - although feeling much better - he'll have a long road to recovery -
 thank you to his angels for the necessary funding (and loving energy) to help.
Brody needs TEN angels to cover his treatment so far!



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.

As each day went by, and several visits to our vet, Brody's health continue to get worse and he finally landed in the hospital. He was definitely a unique case and a challenge to our internist. His team of doctors believe Brody has suffered one of the worst cases of heartworm disease they have seen, not only affecting his heart but other organs as well, causing him to feel pretty awful. He has thankfully responded very well to a new diet and medications.

Brody has a LONG road to recovery here, but all in steps. October and November, Brody will return to the hospital for his heartworm treatments and possibly liver shunt surgery. So far his medical expenses has exceeded $3000.00 dollars. Brody will need lots of prayers and angels on his side. Besides all of his bad luck, he is still one of the sweetest pups to be welcomed at PWD. His tail always wagging, loves the dogs and of course human attention. We hope Brody will have a happy ending, cause he sure does deserve it like so many homeless neglected pups.

Heartworm disease is SO easy to prevent - and so expensive to treat! Without treatment, the disease will eventually kill the dog. We need TEN ANGELS for Brody's treatment - thank you for any donation to his care and recovery.

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


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


Candy - 3 legged


Kiri - wheelchair dog


Ernie - wheelchair dog


Dixie - wheelchair dog


Maddie - wheelchair dog


Huey - Deaf Dog


Sandy - broken back


Megan - Blind dog


Pierce - Club fee


Lucy -  3 legged



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.


   

Announcing  
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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