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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 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!!

Name:  Abe
Age:  Senior
Disability:  blind/deaf
Breed/Weight:   Aussie mix  40 pounds

History:  Abe was found in the overnight drop area at an rural Ohio shelter.  

Abe was a very neglected senior whose demands are few...  a good meal, a warm bed, a couple of long strolls around the yard and lots of love.  Abe is the nicest and kindest dog anyone could ever encounter, he just goes with the flow and gets  along with everyone.

Before Abe was transported to PWD,  he spent a week with wonderful friends of PWD, and this is what they  had to say about Abe. "Abe was such a great house guest and appears to be housebroken,  (he had no accidents in our home). He loves to be by people and would wag his tail constantly especially when he was being petted.  His favorite place was to lay by my feet.  He was an extremely quite dog and walked well on a leash, just needing some gentle guiding hands.  Abe is a gentle soul and  has left a lasting impression in our hearts."

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

ABE NEEDS AN ANGEL to help with his medical bills!

PWD Angel

Thank you to Jane Gentile for being an angel to Abe

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 arrived at the rescue a little nervous having never been off the farm she had known her whole life.  But, in true border collie fashion, she took in her surroundings cautiously, took a day to think things thru and has decided life is pretty good at PWD.  She is making friends with her new fur pals, relaxing on her comfy bed and enjoys every moment she can spend with a human! She has no problem managing the doors, going up and down the stairs, or jumping on the bed to snuggle. 

Charm is a beautiful border collie, extremely smart, she knows exactly where she needs to go and where she lives, amazing. In Charm's past life, she had a seeing eye friend whom she bonded with and we think she would love to have that connection again with another low key seeing eye dog.

We took Charm to our eye specialist. He noted Charm has hyper mature cataracts in both eyes. Charm is comfortable but definitely non visual. We decided to do further diagnostics to see if Charm would be a candidate for cataract surgery, her right eye had significant diminished retinal function, making this eye a poor candidate for surgery and her left eye was below normal retinal function, but MIGHT be candidate for surgery. We decided to get this info for any potential adopters.

Charm is doing great, she handles her blindness beautifully, navigates the rescue with ease and adores the company of people. She knows exactly where you are and will jump up and give you a big border collie hug! She could definitely use some border collie loving angels!!

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

PWD Angel

Thank you to Yvette Broussall for being Charm's Angel

Name: Reese
Age:  Senior
Disability:   blind/deaf
Breed/Weight:   Chocolate lab mix,  50 pounds, very underweight.

History:  Reese was found as a stray in West Virginia.

I guess these pictures say it all, an old neglected senior who spirit seems broken. Reese is just a good ole west VA dog who most likely lived his entire life outside. He is a kind old soul who simply loves any human attention. He will need helping hands and a patient guardian to help guide him thru the rest of his life.  Reese will gently place his head on your leg for reassurance when we bring him outside and back into his area.  We love him here and hope we can find that special family, to open up their hearts to a broken sprit and just make his tail wag.

PWD Angel

Thank you to Milly Bobbit for being an angel to Reese

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:  Annie
Age: 8 years old
Disability:  deaf/sight impaired
Breed/Weight:   Aussie mix  45 pounds

History:  Annie was surrendered to the shelter due to a neglect case. 

Annie is a beauty, inside and out.   The animal control officer noted: she is a perfect dog, a pure sweetheart!  Her heart was shattered when she saw Annie back at her shelter after being adopted 8 years earlier.  She was adopted from their shelter as a puppy,  everything she was familiar with and trusted, was gone in seconds. They reached out to us and of course we made some room for her.

Annie has settled nicely and has quickly figured out the layout of the rescue and quickly understood the routine of the rescue. She has learned how to go in and out of the door with NO assistance, truly amazing dog to watch as she became more comfortable here and realized it was safe for her and trusted us. Annie has totally conquered her disabilities that she was most likely born with, I always find it surreal on how these dogs handle life.  She loves the company of dogs and has done well in our free range setting.

She is a calm dog and would be an easy companion dog for someone as special as she is!

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


PWD Angel

Thank you to Gene & Nadya Seiler
for being Annie's Angel

 Thank you to Millie Groobey for being Annie's Angel

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.

When you least expect it, a dogs life can change in a minute!   That's just what happened to our sweet  shy Katie this week.  Her family finally arrived as well as her new fur sister, Taos. She needed a job and dog to care for and she chose Katie! The family was so kind, they understood and accepted Katie's shyness towards humans and was willing and happy to help her work thru it. Although Katie was a bit nervous leaving the rescue,  she was smart enough to realize sofas, beds, a kind family,  and a very confident new fur friend is just what she needed! 

Her adopter sent me a great update on Katie's first couple of days "Its going really well, she's started to come out of her shell and has been playing with Taos toys. We went for our first walk and she seemed to have a lot of fun.  Her and Taco have started to play together, and Katie is learning how to go up and down the stairs, its so cute!" 

Name:  Katie
Age:    3 years old
Disability:  rear left leg deformity,  untreated broken bone
Breed/Weight:   Black lab mix, 45 pounds

History:  Katie was found as a stray and turned into one of our local shelters. 

Katie exhibits all the wonderful characteristics of the Labrador - fun, connected, taking life in stride!  Although a bit shy at first, she warms up very quickly! Katie is easy going, smart, happy, and loves to frolic and play with all the dogs! The shelter had her for over a month thinking she would be adopted, but potential adopters stayed away because of her unique looking back leg and finally asked us to pull her into our rescue.

Our vet said, "her back leg is definitely unique, but very functional."  When Katie runs she raises it and runs like the wind on 3 legs, and when she stops she brings it down and uses it for balance. She is an amazingly easy dog and we have all fallen in love with her!

So how much more do you need? Katie is a happy dog, just wanting to be part of someoneís family! She loves to play with other dogs, and will settle quickly with a tasty Kong after a good play with dog friends. Katie will fit into any family!

Dolly, now Riley, warmed her way right into this young girls heart!   Dolly found a wonderful family who had been dogless for many years, and decided Dolly was the one for them!  We are beyond thrilled for Dolly as she will be the only pup and will gets lots of attention and love from her new human sister and fur parents! This young girl was beyond thrilled, as she waited many years for a canine friend!    

We got a great update from her fur dad, "Dolly is doing extremely well such a sweetheart, better than we could ever imagine, thanks so much!  It feels like she has been here for months."

Name: Dolly 
Age: 1 year old 
Disability: Crooked front right leg, a broken bone that healed improperly. 
Breed/Weight: Cattle dog mix 38 lbs.

History: Dolly was abandoned at her vet office. The staff fell in love and reached out to rescue rather than taking her to the shelter.

Well, Hello Dolly! She is a cute pup who is extremely bright, alert, very agile and quick as whip. She is definitely looking to connect to a person. She is fantastic with the dogs here, just a ball of fire that would make a great agility candidate, we have introduced the tennis balls and she seems very interested.

She stayed at a foster home for a few nights and they completely fell in love with her!
"I really enjoyed fostering her, she was a great girl, alert and very inquisitive. She became very attached to me in a short period of time, and got along great with mom and finance. I miss her already. "

We all feel Dolly will bond quickly to her family/person and will need and an active family, however Dolly will gladly settle quickly by my desk, or on my lap. Sweet girl.


PWD Angel

Thank you to Judith Kessler-
Burlington Obedience Training

for being Dolly's Angel

Name:  Lenny
Age:    2 years old
Disability:  Injured right leg, either born that way or the leg possibly got caught up in a hunter's trap
Breed/Weight:   Black and Tan coon hound

History:  Stray at a Virginia shelter

Now let's meet Lenny - a really good looking dog!! Who can resist those big brown eyes and silky floppy ears, irresistible!  He is a premier example of a hound that spent most, if not all, of his life outside. When he arrived  he was like a kid in a candy shop, but has calmed down quite a bit and is beginning to realize it's pretty awesome to be an inside dog.  

He gets along great with all of the dogs, loves to play with toys, and is just a good ol' hound that will make a great side kick for a family. He is like a diamond in a rough, but this diamond is really beginning to shine thru each day he is with us. He loves to be petted and will lean against your legs to get even more attention. We love Lenny's vibrant personality, he is a one cool hound dog.

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


PWD Angel

Thank you to Norycee Johnson
for being Lenny's Angel

Sam is ready to find a new home!   We are finally seeing a bright light at the end of a long winter here with Sam.  We received a final and successful medical report from his vet, "Sam's inflammatory bowel condition has been managed and is stabilized, with current medications and diet, we have determine what is now normal for him,  is working well, and he seems to be back to the the happy dog we once remembered!"  

Sam's monthly meds are about $100.00 a month - the rescue will pay for the meds for the rest of Sam's life. 
We would like Sam's adopters to be within a 60 mile radius of the rescue.

PWD would like to thank Dr. Giuffre, Chesapeake Animal Clinic, for taking weekly if not daily phone calls from us to discuss Sam's condition. We are all celebrating his recovery here, and hope that we can find a special person for this awesome dog!  

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.  

Sam is ready to find a new home!  We are  finally seeing a bright light at the end of a long winter with Sam. We received a final and successful  report from his vet, "Sam's inflammatory bowel condition has been managed and is stabilized, with current medications and diet, we have determine what is now normal for him,  is working well, and he seems to be back to the the happy dog we once remembered!"

PWD would like to thank Dr. Giuffre, Chesapeake Animal Clinic, for taking weekly if not daily phone calls  from us to discuss Sam's condition.  We are all celebrating his recovery, and hope that we can find a special person for this awesome dog! 

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!

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

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

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 - we are hopeful that once stabilized, we can begin his heart worm treatment and his secondary issues may possibly resolve - 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.


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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