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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 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!!

It warms my heart to announce after spending 2 years at PWD, BRODYS ADOPTION DAY HAS FINALLY ARRIVED! Brody was very happy to give up his PWD apartment to snuggle with his new fur parents. A pretty great trade. Brody will share his new life in Delaware with 2 PWD alumni dogs, Skye (deaf) and Ozzie (visually impaired) and loving fur parents who have opened up the hearts and home to now 3 PWD pups! A huge heartfelt thank you to these wonderful folks. ... Enjoy your home Brody, you will always hold a special place in our hearts here!

I receive a recent email "Day 6, another awesome companion, Brody is a sweetheart, how could he have been at pwd so long is perplexing to me? He is everything good 10 fold! We love him, thank you for all you have done for Brody and letting us give him a happy ending!"

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.

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

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: 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. We feel Rayne would do best if she were adopted with one of her “hearing” canine friends she has met and played with at PWD and requires 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.

Name:  Greta
Age:  7 years old
Disability:  Being a skinny  black dog in an overcrowded shelter.  She needed some minor vetting that we are taking care of
Breed/Weight:  Terrier/retriever  mix, 30 pounds.

History:  Greta was stray found in southern Maryland.   

Finally Greta's fate turned last week and timing was perfect.  I went to visit a stray blind dog at our local shelter and Greta happened to be out in the rescue yard  being walked by a friend/volunteer. I asked about her and the volunteer explained she had been there for over 4 months being overlooked by many, she was one of the only dogs NOT adopted during the "clear the shelter day."  Although not technically disabled, I could tell she needed some good vetting and to gain some weight.  She needed out and she made it quite clear - she did not want to be return to her cell, her brakes were on.  I decided to step up for her and am so happy we did. 

What a fantastic dog! Within days she already looks better, gaining weight, her fur and skin is beginning to look and feel better. She will have minor precautionary surgery this week to remove a small mass. We love her and she has fit in great with the other dogs!  A quiet girl, (except at meal time) and totally 100 percent house broken. She loves her bed and is so thankful to be here. She will be a great companion dog.

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

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: 2 years old
Disability:  Affects of Distemper, seizures controlled by meds.

Breed/Weight:  Shepherd mix, 60 pounds

History:  Maverick's primary caretaker, who was with another rescue, became very ill and could no longer care for him. The rescue reached out to PWD to help find him a new home. 

Maverick is being fostered in South Jersey and is doing great.  He has settled in nicely to a routine and a calm home.  Maverick, LOVES to be outside, so a fenced in area would be helpful, but not required if his adopter is an outdoor person who would take Maverick for walks so they could enjoy the outdoors together.  He loves car rides, going for walks, being combed, and being loved.  He is housebroken and crate trained.  Maverick enjoys the company of other dogs and is cat friendly.   He would do best in a quiet home with a routine and very dog savvy person, who understands some of Maverick's quirky behaviors, which we can explain in-depth to potential adopters.  A confident K9 friend would be great for Maverick. 

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

PWD Angel

Thank you to  Teddy Schaeffer
for being Maverick's angel!

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

PWD Angel

Thank you to  Jessica Clark for being Mr. Tee's angel!

Polly adopted!!! A young couple finally saw beyond her "mobility" abilities, and just saw a great dog that needed a home! Polly is enjoying life is southern Maryland with her much younger fur sister Lucy!

Thank you PWD for giving my wife the best bday gift in her life, the gift of rescue! And Polly is definitely the icing on the cake!

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" 

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

Yeager, a 16 week old, AKC registered purebred golden retriever, was brought into this world by a breeder who neglected routine puppy care. ROUTINE puppy care requires worming...  this was NEVER done.  The parasite load in this young puppy is SO extreme, the vet could see worms in his eyes via MRI.  As a result of this neglect, he is now is blind, in pain and will have both his eyes removed. Devastating when it could have been so easily prevented.

Meet another very young pup, 7 mo old, Lolly. She had a very unfortunate fall and sustained multiple breaks in both her front legs.  Her prognosis was grim without surgical intervention. Lolly underwent surgery yesterday and is NOW on the road to recovery! She will require many weeks of post op care here and at the hospital, besides regular vetting.

Our "quirky"  little Bee has been adopted, she landed in the perfect home!  A person who  "gets  it" and understanding  that with  Bee's history it will take a lot of perseverance,  patience and treats for her to even pet her.   She has committed to working with her daily.  Bee  loves hanging with  Emily, her new canine friend and feline friend  Paxton, these two will be instrumental  with helping  Bee's confidence and trust in new human friends.

A big thank you to this adopter for coming back to PWD to adopt another dog in need, especially Bee!!   

Name:  Bee
Age:  7 years old
Disability:  Partially blind/ deaf
Breed/Weight:   LLasa Apso Mix  20 pounds
History:  Bee came into PWD with Charlotte and Clyde from an extremely neglectful situation. She is unsocialized, so we are working with her to become trustful with humans.  
If you have an interest in helping Ms Bee, please contact Joyce.   Any potential foster or adopter will need to understand fearful pups and have patience.  Ms Bee is fantastic with other dogs, so a well-balanced confident k9 friend would be best for her.  Bee enjoys being outside, strutting around tail high and wagging, she is good on lead and I believe she is more comfortable on lead with human touch.  She is coming along here and she is certainly cute as a button!

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

Charlotte - wheelchair dog

Janie -  ???

Dottie - Blind dog

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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