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The following adoptions have been directly through Pets with Disabilities.  These wonderful spirits have found their forever families - and will continue to teach about the true loving nature of the animal heart and spirit despite any of their disabilities.


Wahoo, Well look who went home this weekend! Another one of our 3 legged pups! DARLA!  Another dog, with out much interest has certainly hit the lottery with this wonderful couple!
Darla will be enjoying golf cart rides, boat rides and of course car rides! A big thank you from all of us at PWD!!

Name:  Darla
Age:  1 - 2 years old
Disability:   3 legged 
Breed/Weight:  German Shepherd mix, 45 pounds
History:  Darla was rescued off the streets as a stray and brought into a  shelter.
We believe Darla was hit by a car and her left leg healed with a limp.  Our orthopedic decided to amputate the leg to relieve pain and give her a normal life.   She runs like the wind with all the dogs!  You can see in Darla's eyes she is ready to move on with her life and join an active family.  She is a very smart, alert, and gentle dog,  ready to experience all life has to offer.  She is a fast  learner,  willing to please, and loves people.

Luke,  now Rafferty,  has been adopted!  He will be living the rest of his life with a wonderful human family and her rescue dog, named Harlow.  Rafferty will be living in very dog friendly Annapolis.   He has already attracted lots of fans.  I  received this recent update from his adopter - "Rafferty, is a totally ham while walking through downtown Annapolis.    All the shop owners kept trying to feed him treats.  I told them he's watching his figure, but will gladly take a pet instead.  I am certain there could not be a better match for Harlow, these 2 dogs simply adore one another!  I keep looking at him thinking I cannot believe how lucky I am to have found this amazingly sweet boy!  Thanks PWD!!

Name:  Luke
Age:   7-8 years old
Disability:  3 legged

History:  Luke was relinquished to the shelter when his former guardian went into a nursing home.
When I walk into the rescue, all I hear is thump thump thump,  yep that's Luke's tail, just constantly wagging away!  Luke is one happy go lucky dog and he is quite a handsome looking mix!  Before Luke arrived he had a short stay in a foster home. They loved Luke and mentioned he would just go from room to room and hang out, and when they left the house, he would lay right inside by the door waiting for you, and greeting you like you were a long lost friend.   Luke is a nice calm dog, that would fit in anywhere!   He is a loving gentle dog.  When Luke was rescued he weighed a plump 72 pounds, but since being with us he has lost 10 pounds and still could stand to loose a few more. 

Thank you to a young man who wanted to give a loving home to a 3 legged dog!   His family travel to PWD to meet some of our fantastic pups, and fell in love with Leah!  Leah has joined two other rescue dogs, including one blind cocker spaniel.   After so many years of neglect Leah has finally landed in a loving home. 

We enjoy hearing updates on our dogs, and this week, Leah can now navigate the stairs with ease, and is now sleeping beside her rescuer!  His mom wrote to me saying, “If Bryce could have floated away with joy he would have, he has a new best fur friend.” 

Name:  LEAH
Age:   3 years
3 legged 
Breed and Weight:   Lab mix, 45 pounds

History:  Leah was found starv
ing and living with an injured leg as she care for her litter of puppies in the woods were taken to the shelter, where she continued to care for her litter.  Leah was a good fur mom, although she had no food to eat, she made sure her pups did.  All her puppies were healthy and all adopted.  Leah stole the hearts of the entire shelter, so they began their search for a rescue to help her and PWD stepped in.
YEP, its all about Leah now! As well it should be.   After nursing her litter of pups with a limp bad leg and no food, it is truly amazing Leah's canine spirit is alive and well!  She is such a resilient dog, her past could have made anyone angry, but not Leah. She is so grateful for her 2nd chance and it finally arrived for her. She is finally getting the attention  and care she desperately needed and of course daily meals. She loves to play with the other dogs,  but enjoys the company of humans.  You will certainly get your daily dose of canine kisses from her!  LOVE LOVE LEAH,  a dog that will certainly fit in with any human or fur family.  Leah has amputation site has healed, and she has adjusted beautifully to her new life!

Our little speedy gonzalas Ginger Snap, caught the eye of a Delaware couple who  recently lost a pet and wanted to help make a difference in another dogs life!  They came to our rescue and fell in love with Ginger’s zest for life on 3 legs.  Ginger Snap joined her new fur parents and their 12 year old Lab and  cat.  Ginger just wiggles with excitement when she sees the cat, but the cat is still a bit cautious!    Ginger Snap will  enjoy being a big part of her new family adventures including routine trips to Rehoboth Beach!  

Her adoptor wrote to us saying “they can’t  believe that no one adopted her before us. We just can't get over how great of a dog she is and how adjusted she is to our home!”

Name : Ginger Snap
Age:   2 years old
Disability:   3 legged
Breed/Weight:  Jack Russell Mix, 25 pounds 
History:  Ginger Snap was found as a stray and landed in a West Virginia shelter.
Ginger is bright, alert, listens well and loves to play. She runs like the wind!  She might be a great candidate for agility. Ginger is great with cats, dogs, and children.  She would be an easy addition to any fur and human family. Ginger is just an all round nice dog that needs a 2nd chance at a forever home.

Congratulations Heidi on finding your forever home!  When asked why they chose to adopt a pet with a disability, Heidi's new fur mom answered   "We want to add a new member to our family and I know what it is like to be unwanted because of a disability... mine being deaf.”   Heidi is enjoying her new life with two active young boys whom she has totally bonded with and when not engaging with the kids she is romping around with Minnie, her older lab sister!  

Heidi’s new mom, sends me updates almost every morning,  she informs me Heidi is a fast learner,  and  has learn some sign language.   Heidi’s  mom can not fully pronounce Heidi’s name accurately so she adjusted it to HI, and Heidi now responds to her new name,  when there is a will there is a way!    Heidi’s new family is amazing. 

Name:  Heidi
Age:  9 months
Disability:  Missing 3 toes, has a very slight limp to her gait
Breed/Weight: Hound Mix - approx 35 lbs 
History:  Heidi was a stray at a rural Virginia Shelter.
Dogs with minor disabilities need help too.  When our colleagues at blind dog rescue alerted us on her, we reached out to help.  Heidi was born missing 3 toes, but because of her easy going and nice personality, she escaped being euthanized several times in a very small overcrowded shelter.  Heidi arrived at our rescue and fit in like a glove so happy to be here, and feel the grass under her paws again!  She is enjoying our daily routine, meshing right into the playfulness of the other pups!  She was a shy quiet dog at the shelter, but her fun personality has shown thru here, once again another young  pup happy to have a 2nd chance.  Heidi will fit into any human and canine family with ease.     
A big thank you to Julie for getting involved in Heidi’s rescue and transporting her directly to us! Special people taking time out of their busy schedule to help a dog to a new life!

Back in December when I carried Walter out of the shelter, I never thought this special day would come! Well, never underestimate some compassionate humane care and the canine spirit. Walter's life has now come full circle, and he has been adopted. He is now living in a gorgeous home in Ashburn, Virginia and has a cool new senior friend named Shanty. 

A big hug to a couple who opened their hearts to our regal Walter. Walter will enjoy daily walks with his new friends and will have lots of windows to sit by, and alert his new folks on happenings outside his new home. Enjoy Walter, so happy we were able to help you here!

Name:  Walter
Breed/Weight:  Shepherd mix
History:  Walter was a stray brought into our local shelter on a stretcher.

I would begin by saying I was in the  right place at the right time for a dog that was not quiet ready to leave this earth! When I met Walter he was lame, lifeless, eyes dead and extremely thin.  It was a pretty quick decision to carry him out of the shelter to the peace and tranquility of our rescue,  thinking he only had a few days left.  We wanted him to have some warm and comfortable nights and remember that humans can be kind.   

Well with in a few weeks,  a little vet care, food, a warm bed , and a few caring people around him, Walter has sprang back to life here!   Walter's spirit to live has impressed all who remembers Walter the first few days here.

We would love Walter to find a real home, where he could continue his rehab back to life. Walter is an easy dog,  and so enjoys the playfulness  and energy of the younger dogs at the rescue.

After spending six months at the rescue, look who finally found her forever home, our sweet Susie! Susie now Corki, will be living in beautiful home located in Easton, MD with a new fur brother, "Auggie" a beautiful German Shepherd. Congratulations Corki! 

We recently got a great update on Corki from her adopter. "Here is a picture of her "spot". She adopted the pillow dog bed by the couch and stretched out there last night while I watched TV. And there she is again this morning." Corki seems to fit perfectly into our little family. It is going to be great! Thank YOU!

Name:  Susie
Age:  1 year
Disability:   Back left hip fracture,  healing nicely, will have a small limp when recovered. 
Breed/Weight:  Hound Mix,  about 30 pounds
History:  Susie was relinquished by her original owner, they could no longer afford to care for her.  They were not sure how Susie sustained her injuries.
Like , because she is simply a wonderful dog!  
Susie now loves to play with other dogs.  Her spirit was broken when she arrived, but she is back on track and so happy to be here. She seems to be getting stronger and gaining some much needed weight.  Her spirit really shines when she is engaging with all the dogs and loves the attention of humans.  Before Susie arrived she stayed briefly in a foster home with the shelter manager and her pack and she did fantastic.  She pretty much followed suit with all the other dogs,  a laid back easy going girl.  She would fit in any human and fur family! 

A big heartfelt thank you to  to this young couple for opening up their hearts and home to another senior blind dog from us!  They have totally fallen in love with her with her gentle soul.  We are so happy for Savannah, knowing  she will be loved and safe for the golden years of her life! 

Name: Savannah
Age:  Senior
Breed/Weight:  35 pounds, Hound mix 
Disability:   Blind
History: Savannah was abandon at a trailer park and ended up in a rural shelter. 
For Savannah being abandon was PROBABLY the best thing that could have happen in her sad life.  Because now she is here with us and ready to start her new life with a loving family.  It was not hard for us to instantly fall in love with her, knowing some of her past, it is truly remarkable she holds no grudges.  Life is better for her now, and she is a total sweet heart.   Besides being blind, Savannah came to us with ear and skin infections, she is responding to treatment and feels better each day she is here with us.  
Savannah is an easy gentle dog that loves her new bed  (she likes to sleep in)  but is totally enjoying the company of the younger pups and the new smells of the rescue yard.  She still has a lot of pep in her step, especially in the afternoon when she enjoys getting out and wondering all over with her nose as her guide. We would love for Savannah to finally have a wonderful home for the rest of her years!  

Teddy, our comeback kid has been adopted!   Teddy has joined Ginger Snap a former PWD resident, and Raven,  and of course to his new fur parents, who have now opened up their home and heart  to 2 PWD dogs!   We love double adopters!   Teddy's life has really just begun again now and new life adventures will begin for him! 

We love you Teddy, so happy you made it to us and we were able to get you healthy and find you a loving home.  

Name:  Teddy
Age:  9 months old
Disability:  Blind
Breed/Weight:  Shepherd mix 

History:  Teddy and his blind brother were both abandoned in a shelter and Teddy’s brother died at the shelter.  The shelter asked if we could take Teddy before the same fate would happened to him, and we said yes.

Teddy has been thru so much in such a short period of time.  Besides being blind Teddy came into our rescue extremely ill, extremely thin, unable to breathe normally and not eating.  I knew his situation was dire.  But - he's our "come back kid" surviving distemper against all odds.

Teddy is officially up for adoption!  His zest to live has simply amazed us all. Teddy is now a vibrant pup - a smart, gentle, sweet and very playful personality. Teddy absolutely loves to be outside, so hard fencing for Teddy is a must and he definitely needs to have playful dog friends.  He loves the company of humans and enjoys belly rubs from us and visitors.  We are happy Teddy made it to us and we were able to get the medical care he needed.  He is one of those dogs that will just grab your heart, even with no eyes he always seems to be looking up at me as if to say thank you.  He feels great now and is ready to move on to a wonderful life with a family who understands the spirit of a dog that sees thru his heart.  

Words can not express how I feel today but tearful joy!
We rescued Ida just a few short months ago after spending all of her 10 years in a shelter, has finally gone home!  A person opening up their home and heart to a 10 year old blind dog, with scars from her past, simply an amazing person who understands the word rescue. Thank you from all of us at PWD!

Name:  Ida
Age:  Senior
Breed/Weight:  50 pounds, Hound mix 
Disability:   Blind 

History: Ida was abandon at a rural no kill shelter in Virginia 10 yrs ago.  YES, she lived at the shelter for 10 years.  The scar on her face is most likely an old hunting dog injury from possibly going thru a barb wire fence.  I think it endears her even more.
We are Ida’s last chance for finding a real home.   She yearns to finally have a person to hang with the remaining years of her life.  It would be awesome for Ida to experience a “normal dog’s life.”  Sitting on the sofa and watching/hearing TV with her person, going for car rides, going for walks, being able to lie in the sun on a deck. Things that we KNOW she would enjoy and has NEVER experienced in her lifetime. 
For 10 years, people have said good night, shut the door, turn out the lights and left her behind.  And so many people passed her by at the shelter year after year. Ida is definitely beginning to settle in  here, she is now out and about with her new pack of pups.  She requires other dogs to respect her space since this is all new to her. The great group of dogs at PWD have certainly given her respect and understand it will take some time.  Slowly but surely she is gaining the trust and confidence with dogs again! It’s so wonderful to see her starting to blossom here!  Her tail is wagging more and more.  Please give Ida hope!

GINGER has hit the jack pot, finally a young active human and fur family have adopted our smart girl!   She is a fantastic dog and has found the PERFECT home to fit her active needs!   Ginger will share her life with another very energetic jack russel brother.  The two of them together will have a blast!  Good Luck Ginger, we will miss you, but we KNOW that you were ready to move on.  I got a recent update...

In one word Ginger is doing wonderful!    She and her new brother are getting tons of exercise.  They love to run around the backyard. And she's become quite good on the leash already!  I've taken her on two runs with me so far and they both went well. She also likes to play in the river with her new brother. They both wade in and splash around.  She also attended a baby shower I threw this weekend and was a hit with my friends two year old son!  Overall, I think she already feels like she's always been here with us, We love her!  Thank you!

Name:  Ginger
Age  : 2 years
Disability:  3 legged
Breed and weight:  German Shepherd mix- 45 pounds
History:  Lost her back leg at the shelter from neglect
Ginger, although a mix, she exhibits all the wonderful characteristics of a purebred German Shepherd.  She is  playful and runs like the wind with all the dogs!  You can see in her  eyes she is ready to move on with her life and join an active family - she loves the ball and could possibly be a great agility candidate.  She is a very  smart, alert, agile, willing to learn, and ready to experience all what  life has to offer.   She would do BEST in an ACTIVE home that understands the working german shepherd.    We think a home without cats would be best for her.

Parker, arrived at our rescue, and  was  adopted  very quickly.  We all  knew he would not be here too long, his personality was just beyond great!   A wonderful couple came down, and with in minutes knew Parker was their dog.  Parker will have a great life, with his new fur parents and two four legged brothers, Chotey (who is blind) & Dakota.   All retrievers!    

“ Parker fits in so well  he has just made himself at home!  Sleeps on the bed, the chair, the couch, the deck furniture - it's all about Parker right now!!  I ask my husband why we even bother buying dog beds because  they never sleep  in them unless they are in the car.    Thank you for Parker, we love him and we really are truly blessed to have them all of them in our lives”   

Name:  Parker
Age:   1-2 years old
Disability:  3 legged 
Breed/Weight:   Yellow lab mix, about 50 pounds
History:  Parker was found with his litter of pups, abandoned off a highway.  It took his rescuers patience and a lot of food to gain their trust! But by the time they were able to rescue Parker, there was a bullet lodged into his knee.  And unfortunately his leg had to be amputated.
Parker exhibits all the wonderful characterizes of the Labrador!  And many say they are America’s dog, with the sheer number living with families.  Why!  Because they are easy going, smart, happy, and great around kids and other dogs! 
So how much more do you need, Parker is a happy dog, just wanting to be part of someone’s family!    He is FUN FUN FUN and very affectionate.   Parker loves to play with other dogs, and will settle quickly with a tasty Kong after a good play with dog friends.  Parker will just about fit into any family! 

After spending almost a year at PWD, Missy has been adopted!   After fostering Missy for a month, they soon realized she added a great spark of youth to their older pups, and could not let her go!  Missy will enjoy life in southern Maryland,  weekend camping trips, daily walks, and her new fur parents are teaching her lots of sign language.  How exciting for Missy!  

An amazing couple that has now opened up their hearts to 3 PWD dogs!!

Name:  Missy
Age:  9 months
Disability:  Deaf 
Breed/Weight: Hound Mix - approx 35 lbs
History: Missy was a stray at a rural Virginia Shelter.
Missy's one brown ear and white ear gives her such a distinct beauty - and they are so soft! She is FUN FUN FUN and very affectionate. She became a shelter favorite and they were so happy when we accepted her into our program.  Missy came into the rescue and was an immediate social butterfly! 
She has met many new friends and enjoys frolicking with them all.   She is fast, very alert, and just a ball of fire.  She has added a wonderful spark to PWD.  She is an adorable young pup, always looking for action and excitement. Missy's best home would be with an active loving family with a playful hearing buddy or two. 7/23

With in a blink of an eye, our little one eye Roxie has been adopted.   Roxie will settle in dog friendly Annapolis where she will join a very rescue friendly family!   She will enjoy life taking daily walks on the beach by the bay with her new sister a three year old rescued Aussie mix.   Enjoy life Roxie, glad you stopped by PWD, so we could meet your incredible spirit!    

Name:  Roxie
Age:    1-2 years old
Disability:   Missing left eye 
Breed/Weight:  Border Terrier mix, 20 pounds

History:  Roxie was an owner relinquishment.

Roxie is the cutest dog!! She is also smart and quick as a whip!   She is definitely looking to connect to a person!  She is fantastic with other dogs and cats!  She is a  ball of fire and might be a great agility candidate!  She loves life and is definitely ready to move on to her forever family!  She is a confident little girl, that will form a bond with any human within minutes.   Roxie will certainly bring a smile to your face, brighten your day, and who wouldn’t want to be winked at 24/7! 8/5

Finally, after spending almost 1 year at PWD, our sweet innocent 3 legged pup, Lexi finally found her person!   After loosing her beloved pup just a few short months ago,  Lexi’s adopter felt the need to help another dog, an older dog or a dog with special needs.  She instantly was drawn to Lexi.  Lexi has left southern Maryland and now lives in NYC where she will spread the word to MANY folks about rescue and special needs!   Lexi will have a friendly feline to hang with, they have already hit it off and she loves the constant attention of her new fur mom.

A small update on Lexi from her new adopter, She’s learning to stop and sit at every corner, already becoming quite a cosmopolitan girl.  While in the park, I let her wander but its all so new she didn’t explore much.   We picked a spot in the shady grass near one of the busier walking paths and just sat and people/dog watched. She did meet a few dogs and I think some friendships will develop. And everyone that saw her thought she was gorgeous. I think she is  already becoming  a the  local “celebrity” of the neighborhood.  

We are so happy for Lexi and her new family.

Name:  Lexy
Age:  1 year
Disability:   3 legged
Breed/Weight:  German Shepherd mix, 30 pounds
History:  Lexy  was rescued off the streets as a stray and brought into a  shelter.

We believe Lexy  was hit by a car and her leg healed in all sorts of
different directions.  As soon as she arrived, our orthopedic team recommended  amputation.  Our 3 legged girl is now ready for her new family.
  She is a very smart, gentile dog, who loves belly rubs!  Lexy has also learned quickly how to navigate a flight of stairs with her 3 legs. 7/9

She is a delight,
bright and alert and loves to play and run with all the dogs and is good with cats

If you love Shepherds, she is a perfect size and will become a very fun, loyal and thankful companion

Lady Di now Pipin, has been adopted!   When a local Calvert County  family read Lady Di's bio they all felt an immediate connection to her in so many ways.   Both Pipin's new fur parents were born and raised in New Jersey and when Pipin's fur mom was young she too became homeless from a house fire.  Thankfully every one in her family survived, and so did Pipin!  

A few months ago, they lost their Min Pin Bob to cancer. They all missed  the the big spirit of these little dogs, so they started their search to help another homeless min pin.  Little did they know Pipin was only minutes away from them! Pipin is a barrel of fun, the life of the party,  and quiet a snuggler.  As her new fur mom stated, "all tails are wagging including mine.  I needed this girl in my life."

Name:  Lady Di
Age:    2 years old
Disability:   injured front legs
Breed/Weight:   Min Pin, 12 pounds

History:   Lady Di was turned into a NJ shelter when a fire destroyed her home.  She has an old injury in her right front leg that has healed (not perfect, but functional!) and was left at the shelter with a broken left leg.  She was immediately but on the euthanasia list - but her spunky spirit, bright eyes, and wagging tail had the shelter staff looking for rescue help!!

We have no idea how Lady Di was injured - but we DO know, the injuries sure haven't' slowed down her spirit or her little body.  She has already had surgery on her left leg to implant some plates to strengthen the bone and help it heal properly - and within days, she is using the leg and ready to go.  Her rehab will be approx 4 weeks - we are taking applications on her now - if the right home comes along and wants to manage her rehab, we're happy to talk about that - otherwise, she'll go home when she is all healed!  We haven't had much exposure to a purebred Min Pin here at PWD and we are really enjoying her "big spirit" in this little body.  Her natural ears and natural tail add to her personality - the tail is ALWAYS wagging and so far, she hasn't met a person or a dog that isn't' one of her long lost friends.  She is just delightful.

Wahoo for Bella!   After spending over a year at PWD, our very shy Bella has been adopted!   Bella, now Georgia, will enjoy life in Annapolis, taking walks down by the water front with her new friend, Harlow.  A perfect match for Georgia, Harlowe will help Georgia over overcome her shyness with people and Georgia will help Harlowe over come his shyness with other dogs, a match made in heaven!  The two dogs adore each other. 

Big kudos to this young woman, who recently lost her 3 legged dog Rafferty (from PWD) to cancer last year.  She called us and wanted to help another 3 legged dog in his honor from our rescue.  Thank you for adopting Bella, we are all so happy for you and your fur family. 

Name:  Bella
Disability:   3 legged
Breed/Weight:   Hound Mix, approx 40 lbs

History:  Bella was a stray found with her litter of pups by a kind hearted bicyclist.  Bella's temperament is very good.  Her relationship with other dogs is incredible. But due to her rough beginnings, she is  a little shy when first meeting new people.  But comes around very quickly.  When she was rescued, she was extremely thin, so food seems to be a great motivator in trusting people. I just know this dog will flourish with a family in a short period of time. Bella would do great in a dog friendly type town house complex or even urban living with leash walks. She is a love bug and will just love to cuddle up  with her human companion. Bella needs to be in a home with no cats.   8/12

Mikey finally has what he yearned for a person. A big thank you to young woman who has welcome her first rescue dog into her life. She is thrilled to help Mikey adjust to his new home and environment. Cheers to our young adopters!

Name:  Mikey
Age:   5 years old
Disability:  blind in one eye, from injury
Breed and weight:   English Shepherd Mix,   43 pounds
History: Owner relinquishment.
Mikey is so happy to be here -  just look at his smile.   He is happy, happy, happy always wagging his tail! Mikey is very healthy, full of life, just a barrel of fun. He is ready to move on to his new family.  He was schedule to be euthanized, but grabbed the heart of the shelter manager, thinking he would make a great companion dog, and we definitely agree! 
Mikey loves to play with toys, and is housebroken! We are thrilled to be able to find him a new home that will appreciate and love all his good energy.  He is not good with cats. Mikey would do best as the only dog in the home with a low energy, laid back female dog.
We know Mikey is anxious to find his person and will flourish and bond in a short period of time.  He would do great in a dog friendly type town house complex or even urban living with leash walks.  We are in the process of leash training him and doing very well.  He is a love bug and will just love to cuddle up with his human companion. 

Yeah for Dottie, another long term resident blind dog, has been adopted! Her foster home felt she was a great addition to her beagle bunch. Dottie has settled right in, and even has learned to use a doggie door! Never underestimate what these blind pups can accomplish!

Name:  Dottie
Age:  4 yrs old
Disability:  Blind
Breed/Weight:  Hound mix  35 pounds
History:  A family brought Dottie into their vet to be euthanized because of her sudden blindness.   A kind vet tech stepped forward and was able to get Dottie relinquished to her.  She contacted PWD Meet Dottie, our resident wobblier.  She is a very laid back dog  but could stand to loose a few pounds.  She recently became  blind.  She proceeds with her new life very cautiously and slowly until she gets the lay of the land. She loves her walks around the rescue and gets along well with all the other dogs and she is good with cats.   From the vet tech that originally rescued her,  "Dottie was very calm around my dogs and cats, she would follow the sound of my dog's collar and she was starting to show more and more of her cute personality.  She will blossom with a new person, but will take a few days as she gets acclimated to her new surroundings and friends.  She of course gets excited over food and was beginning to play with some toys."   Dottie will need a patient guardian to help her with her new non visual world, but it will be well worth it! She is a really nice dog.

We are all so excited  for Falcor, our cute little hearing impaired pup, has finally been adopted!  Falcor will reside in an old historic home in the quaint town of Salisbury, Maryland.  The adoptor felt compelled to help Falcor because he too is hearing impaired in one ear.    Falcor will join his new senior fur sister Button and enjoy strutting himself for daily walks to the local coffee shop in town!  Falcor felt right at home when we arrived.

A big  heartfelt   thank  you to this adoptor who opened up his heart and home  to one of our pups here at PWD, and truly believes in rescue!

Name:  Falcor
Age:  4 years old
Disability:  Hearing Impaired 
Breed/Weight:  Shih Tzu Mix  15-20 pounds
 Falcor was a “stray” found in Pennsylvania. Falcor came from a shelter in Lebanon Pa.  He is simply a ball of fire, comes at you like a fire cracker, he just loves life and so enjoys running  around the yard sniffing anything in his path, with his tail high in the air.  He is a confident little guy who will form a bond with any human within minutes.   He gets along very well with other dogs.  He is a silly little guy that will brighten up anyone’s day! He became a shelter favorite, and they were desperate to get him to safety.   The shelter folks actually took the day off to get him to PWD and  that’s how special he was to them! 

History is made,  finally after many years of managing  PWD,   a  vet tech from our eye care office has adopted  one of our pups, and we  could not be more thrilled!   After Remy laid on her husband's foot it was pretty much a given Remy would be going home with them!   Love at first sight!   Remy  will be living locally with another great family that loves PWD!   We get constant updates on Remy and they love their little man!

Name:  Remmy
Age:    6-7 months old
Disability:  Paw deformities,  missing toes in back legs, and has added toes in front legs.
Breed and weight:  Retriever/hound mix, 30 lbs

History:  Remmy was a stray brought into a high kill shelter in rural North Carolina.  The shelter volunteers reached out to us for help. 

Remmy is a handsome mix.  Born with paw deformities makes his gate a little off but awfully cute when he is strutting around the rescue yard.   He absolutely loves the attention of people and loves belly rubs!  He is learning quickly how to socialize with pups, with the help of some of the other great rescue dogs here.  We believe Remmy would flourish with an older confident dog.  He does need some puppy training, but will be a great addition to any family and he is good with children. 

Our sweet  puppy Andy now renamed Odin, has been adopted!  This is the family's first adoption of a dog with visual issues and already they are amaze  with this little guy!   Odin will have a great roll model and playmate with his 6 year old fur sister Reilly!  

The couple is just thrilled with Oden and so is Reilly. "Joyce it been's great, I have a wonderful picture of "Odin" and Riley playing with a toy. He chews like any puppy, so we are trying to puppy proof the house.  He is a bundle of love and energy!" Thank you to this wonderful couple for opening up your hearts to their first PWD pup!!  He will be an inspiration to you every day!

Name:  Andy
Age: Puppy  4 months old
Disability:  Visually impaired
Breed/Weight:   Yellow lab mix, 20 pounds
History: Andy was brought in to the shelter with his littermates - all were adopted except for him.  The shelter reached out to PWD to help this little adorable guy.
When the shelter sent me his picture, all I could think of was "why was he not adopted? He is adorable and his bi-color face makes him so unique looking." Andy came with NO name and with the help of our FB family within hours of his arrival, our new puppy finally had a name and not a number.  Andy is an awesome and wise puppy, playful yet settles quickly and quietly in his area.   He is able to navigate around the rescue yard with ease! Once you meet Andy, you can't help but fall in love with this little guy.  He just wants to cuddle and hug!  He is an amazing puppy!  He has no handling issues and loves to give kisses.  He will be an inspiring companion and with a little puppy training will be a great addition to a very lucky family and possibly a great therapy dog.

Our sweet soul senior Mr Benny,  has finally found his forever home.  Everyone that met Benny instantly fell in love with him.  A past adopter recently lost their pet and wanted to find a new friend for their older rescue dog, Cookie.  Benny was a perfect match!  Benny's adopter recently emailed me and said   "All is  going well and walking with Benny is really fun! He and the our family cat  are doing good, and most important Cookie has a new friend.   He is a sweetie pie!

Benny will be living life large in Maryland during the summer and in the sunny warm state of Florida in the winter months.   Have a great life Benny so glad  we were able to help you find a forever home!

Name: Benny
Age:  7-8 years old
Disability:  Limited vision, limited hearing
Breed/Weight:  35 pounds,  spaniel beagle mix  

History:  Ben came to us from a small rural shelter on the outskirts of Morgantown, WV. We received some contact information from the shelter that stated their animal control officers had picked up a dog that appeared to be running around as a stray with a group of other dogs in their county.  When they came upon the dogs,  Ben was the one lying dead center on the yellow line and wouldn’t move. We got the call because Ben was at the low visibility shelter for about a week, and with his scared state and scarring in his vision, he wasn’t likely to go home with anyone soon enough. His sad state and picture put us into action, and boy are we glad!

Meet Ben!  Our new resident heart stealer with his  soft face and easy demeanor….  A friendly calm, low energy dog that would fit in with any family! Ben has been the most laid back and all around relaxed boy since arriving here! He loves being around other dogs, and even with his limited vision in the one eye and reduced hearing,  he navigates around the rescue grounds easily.  He’s a great leash walker and just one easy going dog. and would finally  love a forever home of his own.  Not much more to say, but glad we rescued him and he has finally received quality vet care and is now ready to move on!

After fostering Cassie for a few weeks, great friends and volunteers of our rescue decided to make her a forever part of their family!  Being a volunteer  they understood Cassie's  shyness and was very willing and patient to work with Cassie. Cassie will join another fur friend from PWD, Eddie,  a feisty playful border collie, who will definitely help Cassie come out of her shell.  They have become instant playmates!  Cassie's home will be right  here in Calvert County,  so I will  receive weekly updates on her  from our volunteer!  

A big thank you to a great couple who opened up their heart and home to their 2nd PWD dog!

Name:  Cassie
Age:  3 years
Disability:  3 legged
Breed and weight:  Shepherd mix, 60 pounds

History:  Lost her front leg, most likely from a being hit by a car.  

Cassie is a shy girl but so sweet, she does not have a mean bone in her body.  A big thank you to a really  great group of rescue dogs, in particular,  Missy, Walter and Suzie, they have all helped her transition here telling her life will be good for her now!  She has become very playful with all dogs, and enjoys sitting in the rescue area as the dogs circle and play around her, its wonderful to see.

Cassie has had little to no human kindness or comforts in her life, but learned quickly a couch and bed is MUCH more comfy then a concrete floor.  She is slowly but surely understanding humans can be kind.  This beautiful dog will need canine friends and patient, kind guardians (preferably someone experienced at working with shy dogs) to help her continue to trust humans. That patience will be rewarded many times over because she is a total sweetheart!! 

Buddy's foster mom recently sent me an email stating  it is official,  Buddy has adopted me!  I would love to officially make Buddy a permanent part of my family.   Buddy has just  fit into my  family so easy. 

He will join another rescue dog and cat.    We could could not ask for anything better for Buddy a perfect home  for a blind senior dog.   Quite and one level living, and a very rescue friendly gaurdian.    Buddy now gets daily walks by her nieces and nephews who live next door and just happened to be PWD adopters too! 

A big huge heartfelt  thank you  to Buddy's new person who looked  beyond his age and disability and saw a kind dog who needed a home!

Name:  BUDDY
Age:  12 yrs old
Disability:  Blind
Breed/Weight:  Border Collie, 50lbs

History:  Buddy was relinquished to rescue due to a move.  He's been in the same home his whole life - and has been blind for the past 6 yrs. Meet Buddy - a purebred border collie sporting a summer clip!!  We've seen pictures of his gorgeous coat, so know he'll have his bc feathers in full bloom in a couple of months.  True to his breed, Buddy has a wise spirit and an old soul.  He's content being with his person roaming the rescue grounds or hanging inside with canine and human friends.  Buddy's recent life hasn't allowed him much exercise and room to stretch his legs, so we anticipate him getting even more pep to his step as he loses a few pounds.  He's so tolerant of the younger dogs and has made a very quick adjustment to the rescue environment - although, like all the rescue dogs, we know he's waiting for his next family to come meet him!  Like all border collies - he needs his human heart connection with his person. We have done a complete Senior vetting on Buddy - his blood work is normal, his heart is great - he's a very healthy senior!!

This family could not resist coming down to meet our little one eyed Max early Sunday morning  and yes  it was love at first  sight for both parties!   This past week has been busy for Max,  he lost his right eye, (had it surgically removed) but gained a family!   Finally a family that will love him and enjoy his vibrant personality!      He will share his life with Roo,  a young playful pom! 

A big thank you to Max's new family who opened up their home to another rescue dog.  A nice way to end the year!

Name: Max
Age:   7-8 years old
Disability:  Blind in one eye,  from trauma
Breed/Weight: 18 pounds/ Tibetan Spaniel Mix

History:  Max was abandoned and picked up as a stray in a West Virginia Shelter. 

Max is a comical  little friendly guy whose tail says it all, constantly up and wagging and happy to be here and out of the scary shelter! He is great with dogs of all sizes, small and the bigger pups.  He has a great appetite for such a little guy, good in the tub and a great little rider in the car! He is quiet and settles quickly on the warm bed he shares with his new girlfriend Sophie.  We love this little guy and have a feeling he won't be around too long! Max was a bit neglected and we are treating his skin with medicated baths and antibiotics. He needs to gain a few pounds. 

What's another hound,  better yet what's another blind hound!   That’s exactly what happened at our past open house when past adopters came back to visit and fell in love with Mimi!   Mimi, is now living life large with a great family in Annapolis.   Mimi will share her life with 2 other hounds,  and right next door Mimi will be able to visit her old PWD roomate  Buddy, how awesome is that for Mimi and Buddy!

"Mimi has been fitting in great! She's using the dog door, and has been walking with the other dogs. Max (their other blind hound) has more pep in his step!   She is a complete sweetheart!" A big thank you for opening up your hearts and home to Max and Mimi,  to wonderful blind dogs, that were once throw away older hunting dogs

Name: Mimi
Age:  7-8 years old
Breed/Weight:  35 pounds, Hound mix Disability:   Blind

History:   A wonderful woman found Mimi as a stray.  She was very thin, weak and blind.  Mimi had an expensive tracking collar on her and her owner was contacted.  He was so excited to learn Mimi was found! WELL NOT REALLY, he was excited to get his expensive tracking collar back and left Mimi behind.  A good thing, cause Mimi is now with us and she is doing great!  

Being discarded was the best thing that could have happen to Mimi!  She is now getting regular meals, and has finally gained some much needed weight, and is certainly ready to start her new life with a loving family.  It was not hard for us to instantly fall in love with her. Mimi has certainly come back to life here, as you can tell by her pictures she is a happy girl and feeling much better, still has a lot of pep in her step!   Life is better for her now, and she is a total sweet heart. 

If anyone knows our resident dog Megan, Mimi is like a mini Megan! She has marvelous dog energy and has become our “go to” dog.  Mimi and Megan are the  first one to meet and greet new residents to assure them they will be safe and life will be good until their forever home is found.  Mimi is very comfortable around people and all dogs.  She is beyond sweet, and for a hound,very quiet. She enjoys her free range walks with her nose to the ground and tail high in the air and will settle quickly for her daily naps.  She will be a great companion dog and is now ready to share her wonderful hound spirit with a new fur and human family.   NOW being fostered by a local family.  Mimi is doing great in her new foster home,  she has already master the stairs, and is settling in nicely,  in her first real home.

Our shy and quiet Dudley,  rescued from a rural Virginia Shelter is now living life in New York!  A wonderful couple wanted to rescue a 3 legged dog and Dudley caught their eye!   As soon as Dudley met their Chocolate lab mix Tucker,  there was an immediate connection and friendship.  Dudley came alive when they met.   Dudley goes to the dog park every day with Tucker and has become quite vocal,  as his new person states,  "Dudley has his voice back whenever he is running with the other pups and Tucker."

Name: Dudley
Age:    4 years old
Breed/Weight:  40 pounds, Hound mix 
Disability:   3 legged

History:  Dudley is from a rural Virginia shelter.   Dudley had an been shot in the knee cap, the damage to his leg was not repairable and his leg needed to be amputated.  Animal control deemed him unadoptable, so he was scheduled to be euthanized.  The shelter volunteers rallied around this boy. They saw his beauty and the love in his eyes! They reached out to PWD and we said "yes" we would take him. Within days he was at the hospital getting all the care he needed to continue his life!

After Dudley's life saving surgery, he stayed at a foster home for a couple of weeks as he recuperated.  Dudley's foster wrote a little about Dudley's stay.  "Dudley lived in our home with 5 other dogs, 2 cats and a 3 year old child during his recovery.  Dudley's spirit was unreal, right after surgery he was wagging his tail and giving us all sweet little nose kisses, his way of thanking all of us. He even earned a place on the bed! Dudley is a one VERY SPECIAL BOY! He never gave up, always had his tail wagging even despite how terrible someone had treated him in his short life. We loved him and are so happy he is now at PWD waiting for a family to embrace his true loving hound spirit."  

If anyone knows our resident dog Megan,  Dudley is Megan's long lost brother! He has bonded quickly with his new friends here at PWD.  He has great dog energy! He enjoys his free range walks and is pretty fast on 3 legs!  He also settles quickly for his daily naps. He will be a great companion dog and is now ready to share his wonderful hound spirit with a new fur and human family.  

Name:  Toby
Age:  7 months old
Disability:  3 legged 
Breed/Weight:   black lab mix   30 pounds
History:  Toby was found as a stray with a bullet lodged in his back leg.  By the time he was found, his
leg was very infected and had to be amputated. 
Toby exhibits the wonderful characteristics of the Labrador!  And many say they are America’s dog, with the sheer number living with families.  Why!  Because they are easy going, smart, happy, and great around kids and other dogs! So how  much more do you need to know!  Toby  is a happy dog, just wanting to be part of someone’s family!  He is FUN FUN FUN and very affectionate.  Toby loves to play with other dogs, and will settle quickly with a tasty Kong after a good play with dog friends. Toby will just about fit into any family!

Oscar is living outside of Boston, and will have the undivided attention of his new guardian.  His adopter knows first hand what dogs can do to help people overcome life challenges, and she hopes that Oscar will become a therapy dog.

We will miss you sweet boy, so happy you have found your family.

Name:  Oscar
Age:   1-2 years old
Disability:  3 legged pup
Breed and weight:   Pointer Mix 35 pounds 
History:   Oscar was brought into the kill shelter in Florida after being injured under his prior families care.   The injuries were not addressed properly leading to Oscar not using his front leg and atrophy and other problems setting in.   When it was determined that he would have long-term problems with this leg, rather than care for him,  his family abandoned him with his injuries at a high kill shelter. Several local people got the word out on him.  He was so sweet, but frightened and withdrawn at the shelter.  PWD was contacted and arrangements were made for transporting Oscar to us, where he would finally receive the care he needed.  Oscar’s "freedom ride" from the shelter was one of the saddest pictures I have ever seen.  He was curled in a tight little ball with his head hanging down and his ears lying flat, he was so withdrawn and petrified.  After being shown just a little bit of love and caring, he came around slowly, and quickly he has come to appreciate that people wanted to help, not hurt him. So happy we said yes!  
Many people don’t understand the goodness, innocence and purity they are giving up when relinquishing their family pet to a shelter. And Oscar is a true testament of this.  By looking at his picture you can feel his excitement for life with people who finally care about him and respect him.  In the morning he zooms around the play yard, with his new buddies on 3 legs!  It is so fulfilling, as a rescuer, to witness a total transformation of a dog.  Not much more to say, but “WOW” a fantastic dog patiently waiting to share his spirit and spread his exuberant energy with a family that will finally love and appreciate him. His surgery went smoothly and being a young dog his recuperation was quick.   A big thank you to Terry and John for orchestrating Oscar’s transport to PWD.

Sophie's life has come full circle! A big shout out to this young couple who opened up their heart and home to Sophie, a senior blind diabetic dog. We are beyond thrilled for sweet Sophie. A big thank you to everyone who brought Sophie back to life and to this couple's dedication to help another dog in need of a caring home!  Sophie will be living life large with another rescue dog named Happy!     I emailed the adopters to see how she was adapting to her new home,  

 "In the morning she was so excited and jumping for her breakfast, its was great to see her energy!  She is doing great, exploring and napping."

Name: Sophie
Age:    7- 8 years old
Breed/Weight:  20 pounds, Terrier Corgi  Mix
Disability:   Blind and diabetic

Sophie update!    Sophie has made remarkable progress after receiving much needed care, insulin shots, food, and medicated baths!  Her vet was over the top excited with the improvements she has made in just a short period of time! There is now a pep to her step, even a sparkle in her eyes! (The other day she shocked the vet as she jumped into her arms.) She is much more alert, has gain weight and her muscles are beginning to develop.  After having several glucose evaluations we feel we are approaching the units she will continue to need and really it is not very much, so the expense of caring for this Sophie will be not to costly to a potential adopter. She is a smart cute little pup, and so deserving of a loving home. History:   Sophie  was relinquished to the Baltimore shelter, to be put to sleep.   After the shelter vet evaluated her she felt she deserved a second chance. A plea went out to rescues and PWD stepped up for this little girl.  Being discarded and then saved by the shelter vet was the best thing that could have happen to little Sophie. After being here for a couple of days, we realized she needed further evaluation from our vets.  After xrays and blood work Sophie was diagnosed with diabetes.   Unfortunately, her disease was so neglected for a long period of time,  it has taken a toll on her little body.  She is now getting regular treatments of insulin and responding quickly she is feeling and looking so much better!  Amazing!  We will get her stabilized and hope that this little one tugs at someone’s heartstrings.  We realize adopting a dog with diabetes is a huge commitment when there are many healthy dogs in need, but Sophie is a survivor. She grabbed the hearts of the shelter vet and everyone at PWD.  Sophie has plenty of life and fight left in her.  She gets along with other dogs, cats and loves people.  Believe me it is not hard to fall instantly in love with her. She is now wagging her tail and is so happy to finally get the medical attention she needed!

What's another yellow lab?   This couple saw Archie's picture and just had to have him in their pack!    KUDOS to an awesome couple who opened up their hearts to another PWD pup. Archie, our sweet 3 legged pup, and Tucker a blind  dog they adopted couple of years ago!

Always very humbling when people return to PWD  to add to their fur family! We all knew Archie would fit easily into any canine family and you can tell but the pictures he is right at home! Archie will join his new fur brothers, Logan and Tucker,in the a beautiful home on the water, every lab's dream come true to be living on the water!  

Name:  Archie
Age: 1 yr old
Disability: 3 legged
Breed/Weight: yellow lab/ 45 lbs
History: Relinquished to a vet office with an untreated ulcerated broken leg.  The vet amputated the leg and a call was placed to PWD for help.
Archie exhibits all the wonderful characterizes of the Labrador!  And many say they are America’s dog, with the sheer number living with families.  Why!  Because they are easy going, smart, happy, and great around kids and other dogs! So how much more do you need, Archie is a happy dog, just wanting to be part of someone’s family!    He is FUN FUN FUN and very affectionate.   Archie loves to play with other dogs, and will settle quickly with a tasty Kong after a good play with dog friends.  Archie will just about fit into any family! 

Yeah for sweet Nick! You have come a long way from being found on that highway! Now living large with another PWD dog, Heidi! This family feels totally connected with our rescue and felt the need to come back and find a new friend for Heidi!

In return for getting a warm and loving home these dogs have helped their new fur mom with her life too. Heidi and Nick's mom is completely deaf.  I recently received a text message from the her complimenting her PWD pups, "Heidi is my nose sniffer and Nick is NOW my hearing dog. Nick literally follows me everywhere. Yesterday he stopped dead in his tracks and stared into the bathroom, I looked and I had left the water on!" "We all are blessed to have these 2 dogs in our lives, thank you PWD!" 

A big thank you to this awesome family, we are thrilled for Nick and Heidi.

Name:  Nick
Age:  10 mo old, 45 pounds
Disability:  3 legged
Breed/Weight:    Rottie/lab  mix
History:  Nick was hit by a car. The local police arrived on the scene and were not certain on how to pick him up, so they called a local  rescue for help. The rescue folks had NO problem with Nick, they scooped  him up off the road  and got him to the vets office for medical care.   Even thru his trauma, Nick was a complete gentleman and just relieved  to get human help. 
Nick arrived to PWD last weekend and was ready to "start the party"!  Life on 3 legs has not held this pup back, he lives life to the fullest!   Nick is a total sweetheart and a gentle dog.  He has the coloring of a rottie, but exhibits all the fun qualities of a lab, happy, great around children and very playful.  He runs all over the rescue area with his new friend Brady, the blind lab.  Everyone loves Nick!  He is an all round happy go lucky boy, waiting to share his spirit on 3 legs, with a loving family! 

Peaches,  our 2-3 legged inspiration has finally been adopted.  After many grueling months of surgeries and rehab,  she was finally ready and willing to moving onto her new life.   Peaches, renamed Roo, will join her new fur family  3 cats and a bunny!   Her new fur parents are committed to helping continue her physical therapy in hopes she will finally have full use and range of motion of her back left leg.   We are thrilled to have found a couple willing to continue her therapy and provide a loving home to her.  They saw her video on our site, and were totally hooked on her will to live life to the fullest on her 2 very functional right legs!  

A note from her new fur mom,  " Roo  is very smart and has already learned her name.  I've also learned that she will do anything for a treat!   I'm looking forward to all of the snow melting so we can get outside and run around.  She has a lot of energy and really seems to want to be on the go.   This morning after I got up, we had a good play session of ball chasing a tug-of-war.  We went last night and got some good tug-of-war toys!  After that and breakfast, she was ready to chill out.    Everyone here seems to be adjusting nicely."

So happy for Roo,  thank you to her new family!

Name:  Peaches
Age:  5 years old
Disability:  3 legged
Breed/Weight:   Peaches was hit by a car, her owners could not afford medical care so she was relinquished to the shelter.

Peaches, a pug/beagle/terrier mix has taught the staff and volunteers here at PWD incredible lessons in courage, determination, and survival. Peaches was turned into a Baltimore Shelter by her owners after she was hit by a car. She was going to be euthanized but the staff took a liking to her and used  grant money to provide the necessary emergency surgery to amputate her front left leg that was severely damaged as a result of the accident. The hospital staff were diligently looking for a rescue to continue her care and contacted us.  Days after arriving at the rescue she was showing signs of pain, so we took her to our orthopedic veterinarian and it was confirmed that she needed a second surgery (FHO) on her left rear leg.  The surgery went well, and she was quickly back at the rescue to continue her recovery.  Her recovery has been slow, but she is showing huge signs of improvement in her foster home! (our home) She has been one of the most interesting rescues, seeing her improve physically and emotionally has been very rewarding to all of us here! Now we are looking for a great home for this pup!  She explores the rescue with ease on her two right legs, and continues to use her rear left leg for stability. We are continuing to work with her to increase her strength in her rear left leg. We are not certain if she will regain total use of the leg,  but she is an amazing dog and has learned to manage life on 2 legs.   She can do pretty much everything a four legged dog can do including jumping on the furniture and chasing a tennis ball.  One of Peaches favorite things to do is to cuddle with her person.  She will definitely be a couch potato and will be an inspiring companion. A fenced yard is required.

Our 3 legged Sassy has been adopted! Sassy flourished here at the rescue for many months, after a very turbulent beginning. We all love Sassy and so happy she has totally connected to her new family!  Kudos to these young ladies who truly wanted to give a loving home to a dog who was in need!  

I emailed Sassy's new family and ask how her first week went?    Her response , " Do you mean she hasn’t live with us forever, LOL.  She acts like she has been here forever!  Loveable, and loyal,  just was you said!  She has bonded with us quickly and just loves her new bed and toys." 

A big thank you this family for adopting Sassy!   We look forward to continue updates on her!!

Name:  Sassie
Age:    3 years old
Disability:   3 legged
Breed/Weight:   Lab mix, 40 pounds

History:   Sassie was rescued from a NJ  trailer park area. We believe Sassie was hit by a car and unfortunately her leg had to be amputated.  She was extremely stressed in a very high kill shelter in Camden, NJ, but the shelter employees absolutely saw a bright light with this young dog who had a very rough beginning and needed a 2nd chance.  They were desperate to find a rescue.   And they asked many, but PWD was the only one to respond.  So happy we stepped up for her.  In just a few short weeks, I understand why the shelter wanted to help her!  She has blossomed here! Sassie is a street smart dog, who will gain your trust very quickly once she knows she is safe and in a loving environment.  She will be a very loyal companion. She is great with other dogs, and cats, and house broken!  Our 3 legged girl is ready for her new family.  She is a gentle dog, who loves belly rubs, cuddling plus she takes treats very gently! A big thank you to the Cumberland County Animal Control officer who believed in her and transported Sassie on her day off.

Happy Monday! Finally, our handsome blind Brady has been adopted! When his adopters came to meet Brady they were so intrigued by his ability to fetch and retrieve tennis balls, bowling pins, whatever the adopter was throwing, Brady would find it and bring it back to them! Pretty impressive for a blind dog, just a fun loving lab doing his thing! Brady will enjoy his new life, on gorgeous small farm in Va, with his new family and a couple of beautiful horses!

Name:  Brady
Age:  2 years old
Disability:  blind
Breed/Weight:   Yellow lab mix, about 60 pounds

History:  Brady was brought into an rural Ohio shelter as a stray. 

Have you ever seen a dog wag his ENTIRE body,  well  Brady’s body is in constant wag motion.  Just a happy go lucky boy waiting for a lab loving family!  He is a handsome dog and even with his blindness he loves to play fetch, he is amazing!!  He is easy going, likes to have fun, and does great with the other pups.

So how much more do you need to know? Brady is ready to be part of someone’s family! Brady goes 100% at playtime but will settled fast with a tasty Kong or his bowling pin!  Life is good for Brady, he is like a playful toddler, no worries just wants his playtime and to have a safe and trusting home. 

So happy to announce our sweet blind girl Cara  has been adopted,  to a caring couple!  Cara will enjoy her new life with her fur parents and her new fur friend Sunny, another rescue dog!   As expected Cara is adjusting to her new life with wagging tails and confidence. Yesterday, her fur mom  wrote to us  about "a few things we have learned about Cara"..
"She is fun-loving and has a wonderful personality.
She misses me when I run an errand, and waits by the door for me.
She has convinced Sunny that rough-housing is OK.
She likes to chew - Jim's slipper is the first victim.
She "talks back" when she is told "no". Really. And like a typical grandmother, I have a hard time keeping a straight face and reinforcing the rules.
 I have to remind myself that she is blind.
In only 3 walks, she has learned the walking routine in our neighborhood
and last  but most important,
She has brought more joy into our home than I could have imagined."
Thank you so much for opening up your heart to  sweet Cara! 

Name:  Cara
Age: 1 year old
Disability:  Blind
Breed/Weight:  Australian Cattle dog mix
History:  Cara was brought in as a stray to a NC shelter, slated to be pts, because of her blindness.   A small advocacy group pulled her and contacted PWD.  
Luckily for Cara, she was in a foster home before she arrived, so we learned a lot about this awesome pup.   Per her foster mom,  "Kara loves anyone that will rub her and give her lots of kisses.  She is such a happy dog and so lucky to be able to share her spirit with another family now!  She was considered an underdog by our shelter but to me she is far from that and smarter than I ever imagined, for this was my first experience with a blind dog.  She learns very quickly, will go up and down stairs with ease,  loves car rides, loves playing and running with my dogs.  She is crate trained, house trained and loves chew toys!  She will make a great addition to anyone's family, she just wants to be loved.  She learned my routine with my pets quickly she is a remarkable dog and was great with my 6 cats too." 
Upon her arrival at PWD, as expected she learned the routine of our rescue within minutes!  She is a quiet dog and very patient in her area until it's her time for food or going out.  She is a fun, playful pretty pup with magnificent markings. 
We took her to our eye specialist yesterday. When the doc walked in the room, he looked at her and commented "COOL EYES",  if I did not have 2 pups already this would be the one!  Per his report, Kara has several abnormalities in her eyes that have likely been present since birth.  Thankfully, her eyes  are not painful, no meds or surgery needed, and does not expect for them to progress into any point of discomfort.  He added Kara was a great patient to work with and dogs that are born blind have lots of confidence and are excellent at using their remaining senses to navigate.  

Skip has gone home!   A former adopter that attended our recent fundraiser felt an instant connection to Skip's picture and bio noted on our information board.  She decided to be his angel and then took "angeling" to a whole new  level and adopted Skip today!   She is an incredible person who now has opened up her heart and a safe home to 3 deaf dogs,  all rescued!  Two  dogs from PWD and another from a shelter in Hawaii. Skip will share his life with Jack and Bennie and a fabulous fur mom!  We have already received our first report from Skip's adopter!

"LOL,  and  the games have begun.   Skip has taken control of the couch, in a king of the mountain sort of  way, although Jack sneaks on and Skip is fine with that. Skip likes  toys and digging in the couch. And he doesn’t jump off the couch, he puts his front paws on the floor and drags the rest of him off. Basically, Skip LOVES the couch.  He has already  mastered the doggie door AND for the right reasons  has gone in and out several times today!  Friends have already come to visit,  andl fell in love with my new fur companion.  Thank you for rescuing Skip!"

Name:  Skip
Age: 1 year old
Disability:  Deaf, Partial blindness
Breed/Weight:  Aussie/Sheltie mix, 35 pounds

History:  Skip was found as a stray and brought to a Maryland shelter.  A little info on pups like Skip…  Skips exists because of a bad breeding.  He is considered a lethal white, although a beautiful dog, their breeders soon find out their pretty blue eyes can't see and/or they are deaf.  In Skip's case, he is deaf and blind in one eye. There are many dogs like him who will never make it into a loving home but Skip somehow made it to PWD and we will find him a loving and safe home.  

Skip, aka Speedy,  is extraordinary in  his determination and capabilities.  He is quick, smart, very agile, has a huge ball drive, and we believe could be a great agility dog. Skip is a fun dog always ready and willing to partake in canine fun. His canine spirit has certainly added an extra spark to the rescue and has injected a youthful energy into our senior pups! He will be a very loyal partner to his new human friend(s).

Skip would do best in an active home with a very playful hearing buddy. Hard fencing is a requirement and no children under 15 years old. He is good with cats!

We rescued Molly last February from an area shelter, with an old injury. Thru time, patience and a very successful surgery, Molly's broken bone has finally healed and her foster family adopted her this week!

A huge thank you to her family who provided the "last leg" of her recovery, and totally fell in love with her while caring for her.  Congrats to Molly and her family! 

Name:  Molly
Age:  8 yrs old
Disability:  Broken front leg
Breed/Weight:  Border collie/ 65lbs (needs to lose 15lbs!)

History:  Molly was hit by a car and her family was unable to manage the necessary vet bills to help her.  She was relinquished to a shelter that works with us in MD.  We are thrilled to have her.

Molly is a classic, sweet, connected border collie.  She is such a pleasure to share some time with - always so happy and very willing to please.  She needs to lose some weight, especially to manage her injured leg better. If you're looking for a new best friend, a dog to introduce to friends, family and other dogs, Molly is your girl.  She would love to be an active participant in any family.   She will not be placed with children under the age of 7 - as with many border collies - toddlers can confusing.

Molly will need to be leash walked for about 6 weeks to see if the plate in her leg will stabilize the old injury.  We would appreciate any financial assistance to handle her extensive vet bills.

BARNEY ADOPTED! This is by far the best part of rescue, adoptions. Especially those folks reaching out to our senior pups with disabilities.
Kudos, to Barney's new family who opened up their heart and home to him! They adore him and we are so happy for sweet Barney.

Name:  Barney
Age:  Senior
Disability:  hearing impaired
Breed/Weight:   Border collie mix - 35 pounds
History:  Barney's person was incarcerated and he was relinquished to the shelter.
Barney, a senior border collie mix, is so cool - he loves life - running, chasing, exploring still in his senior days.  The young dogs at the rescue have injected some youthful energy into him. He really enjoys engaging in their play and he loves people and will take all the attention and affection you are willing to give. 

Barney is a good old boy, he is a healthy senior dog - a complete senior "work up" shows no issues.  The vet team loves him so much they call weekly to see if he has been adopted! We are thrilled to have Barney here and we hope we can find a special person who enjoys and appreciates the wisdom of a senior pup. Barney would make a great cuddly companion, he enjoys the young play, but totally enjoys naptime!

Finally, our sweet 3 legged pup, Betty was adopted this past weekend! The adopters fell instantly in love with her and she fit right into their canine family like a glove!  Betty will share her life with 2 rescued labs and a very rescue friendly family! 

We got a recent update, from her adopters.  " I can't thank you enough and I certainly understand how it was baffling why someone had not scooped her up sooner!   We all love her to pieces already and who wouldn't.  She settles everyday, and we love her so much." 

All of us at PWD could not be a happier for Betty! 

Name:  Betty
Age:  3 year old
Disability:  3 legged
Breed/Weight:  Puggle/Beagle Mix - 25lbs

History:  Betty was hit by a car and brought into a West Virginia shelter. A small advocacy group pulled her and contacted PWD.

Luckily for us and Betty, she was in a foster home before she arrived, so we have learned a lot about this awesome dog! We received a nice note from her foster mom, "Betty had a good life at some point in her past but has fallen on very hard times. She ended up in a shelter after being hit by a car and had to have her rear leg amputated. She has healed well and is in great health and is the happiest little girl.  Beth came to us completely housebroken and knows how to sit, lay down, and shake.  She does great on walks and car rides. Beth loves other dogs and was phenomenal my 2 children ages 3 and 5.   I completely trusted her with my kids.  I can't say enough about how wonderful this dog is!  All love and no trouble. She will  make wonderful companion to a lucky family."   

She is sweet as can be, goes with the flow of the rescue, loves the companionship of other dogs.  A fun, easy going dog that will fit into anyone's canine family.  Betty would prefer a home with no cats.

What  an awesome weekend here at PWD!   Another long timer, Ozzie,  has  been adopted and landed  in a GREAT home!    This couple, adopted Skye a feral deaf dog from us a few years back and noticed Ozzie on our adoption board at our last fundraiser, scratching their heads ( like we all were) wondering why  he was still with us!    Well I guess he was waiting for the best and he got it!  Nancy and Ross, fell in love with our boy and he went home this past weekend!  Such an honor for us when adopters come back to add to their fur family!  Thank you from all of us at PWD!  Please keep us updated on Ozzie's new adventures.

Ozzie sent us a note this morning, Thank you for giving me a chance,  that others did not, maybe it was my heartworm or my one eye.   I love my new home,   I have my own toys and treats but most of all I adopted a  great new family!  And now a just one word from his new fur parents,  "Awesome!"

Name:  Ozzie
Age:  4 years old
Disability:  visually impaired in right eye
Breed/Weight:   Yellow lab mix, 50 pounds 

History:  Ozzie was brought into a rural overcrowded shelter as a stray.  Meet Ozzie, a gorgeous fluffy white pup.  We have no idea how Ozzie ended up in a high kill shelter because he's so fantastic. PWD is so happy to have him here, safe. Ozzie has warmed up quickly to his new human and canine friends.  As each day goes by and we get to know Ozzie better, we find him to be a very playful energetic smart boy, sweet, and at times a bit submissive.  He settles quickly in his apartment and is housebroken! Thank you Terri and John and the volunteers at Martha's Mutts Movers in assisting in Ozzie's rescue.

Our sweet blind Ben grabbed the hearts of a wonderful couple in Bethesday Md! This couple are both semi retired special educators, and felt they had the time to help a dog with special needs. They always had a love for the border collie breed and our Ben fit the bill! Ben will join a sweet lab sister, Luna, to help guide him along the way. Thank you for opening up your heart and home to Ben!

A small update for Ben's new family, "Ben had a great night! He is walking on the leash much better in two days. We just take him down a few houses; farther each day. He has that herding instinct for sure as he walks. He has met Luna's best friend Manny, yesterday as we were walking, and they bonded. All is well. Thank you for giving Ben to us. We feel lucky to have found your family and him!

Name:  Ben
Age:  7-8 years
Disability:  blind
Breed/Weight:  Border Collie,  35 pounds  

History:  Ben was brought into a Pittsburgh shelter as a stray. Ben's journey to our rescue was a tough one for him.   He was obviously very neglected for months if not years.. he was thin,  blind and landed in shelter where he was exposed to a deadly respiratory virus. We had him admitted for a few nights at a local Pittsburg hospital, where he received IV antibiotics and fluids. When Ben was finally stable enough to travel down to Maryland, we continued treatment at our hospital. Gentle Ben has rebounded very quickly here, and has received a clean bill of health!

Ben is a fabulous border collie - very connected to his people.  He is extremely sweet and has the mature border collie brain. He's not showing alot of interest in toys yet, but that might change in his home. Ben would enjoy a mild, balanced canine friend or could be the only dog doing everything with his person.  He can be easily shut down by a very strong dog.  His coat is absolutely gorgeous. He's happy to go to anyone that calls his name, for an introduction and good cuddle.  If you now anything about the border collie breed - Ben is the classic, old soul, heart kind of dog.  We are very anxious for him to find his new family, he deserves to be in a home that appreciates his gifts.

We have taken Ben to our eye specialist,   "Ben's eyes are not visual, his loss is permanent and no therapy is needed. Although his eyes look unusually he is NOT uncomfortable."

Our 3 legged Mighty Heidi, now Butters, has been adopted!   She will join another 3 legged PWD alumni, Roo and 3 rescue kitties in her new home! Thank you to this awesome family, who returned to PWD and fell in love with another 3 legged pup. Rescue work is tiring, exhausting and heartbreaking but moments like this help keep us rolling! 

We recently got an email from our adopters - they are beyond thrilled with their new addition.  "Everything is going great.  Roo is actually PLAYING with Butters and it is hilarious.  They play a game of slyly taking a toy away from each other.  Its not a tug of war.  Its more like a ninja move when the other was lets go for a second.  Wow, is Roo a noisy player, though.  She doesn’t know how to play without being verbal. Peoples reactions to seeing our two three legged dogs is unbelievable.  We get blessed and thank you's from strangers for having rescued these two.  They also often think Roo and Butters are related.  Now that I can understand.  The coloring and shape (minus the fur) are very similar.  Thank you so much for rescuing  both our pups!"

Name:  Mighty Heidi
Age:  8 months
Disability:  3 legged
Breed/Weight:  9 pounds,  small border terrier mix

History:  Mighty Heidi was a stray - a good Samaritan found her with a very bad injury to her back leg and brought her into one of our local shelters.  I received a late email from very concerned shelter volunteer looking for a rescue to take Heidi and the next day she arrived safely at PWD!  

Heidi might only be 9 pounds but when you say terrier that adds another "extra 40 lbs" to her personality! She has a bouncy bubbly personality that will put a smile on any face!  She has settled well here,  frolicking with new friend Wilson, the blind poodle.  She is sweet, smart and so happy to be finally pain free!  She is still a puppy, loves to be held, we simply all adore this little wee one, and hope we can find her a loving home quickly!

 As one shelter employee noted,  "I miss her already, if I  did not have my limit I would have welcomed her home.  Please find her an awesome home and send us updates."

Congrats to our comical Cooper who found a great home pretty quickly. His vibrant and active personality fit the bill for their deaf pup Missy who desperately needed a new playmate! Cooper will join Missy and their 2 senior dogs Savannah and Mckinley. 

You might recognize these adopters because they adopted 4 dogs from PWD! A big thank you to a very rescue friendly couple, who truly believe rescued pups are the best.

Name:  Cooper
Age:  1 year old
Disability: Missing portion of right ear, partial hearing loss (not deaf)
Breed/Weight:  Golden/Hound Mix

History:  Cooper was a stray and landed in a  good Samaritans backyard where they vetted him and provided shelter for him until we were able to take him here.

Cooper is finally here! We have are now calling him our rescue class clown! A very energetic dog that just wants to have fun! Cooper adjusted pretty quickly to our routine. He absolutely  loves the freedom of the large play area so he can whiz by all of us like the wind. We are happy Cooper is here, he has injected some much appreciated youthful energy into the rescue.   

He is a great dog, needs to gain some weight and learn some doggy manors which we have started working on here, but will need to continue with his new family. We think he would do best with an active family, a possible running companion and he would definitely love to have an active, young canine playmate in his new home.  

Maya has been adopted to a Husky loving family!  They were in search of a mature husky to be a companion to their older husky Koda and Maya fit the bill!  We are so happy for Maya - besides joining Koda, she will get lots of attention from an awesome family who truly love the breed, even a 3 legged husky!  Thank you for opening up your heart and home to a rescue pup!

Name: Maya 
Age: 4 years 
Disability: 3 legged 
Breed/Weight: Husky 50 pounds

History: Maya was picked up as a stray in a small rural West Virginia shelter. A local advocacy group pulled him, and contacted us immediately to help. Maya's leg condition is most likely from an old injury that never was treated.

Maya arrived at the rescue with an air of husky confidence. She fit in easily with the rescue and learned quite quickly a new routine with ease. A big thank you to her foster family for caring for Maya in July, while we sorted our many medical issues at the rescue. Some insight from her foster family; "Maya is great with kids and other dogs, big and small. We have not really cat tested her but when we had a mother cat and her kittens, in a crate next to here she was not interested! Maya is a mature pup, great in the house never had one accident, being a husky also likes to spend time outside, she is a great in the car and great on leash! She really was a perfect foster dog, so glad we could help transition her to PWD!"

She is a majestic Siberian, that will make a great companion pup to a very lucky family!  Kudos, to One by One Animal Advocates, based in Huntington, WV, a small group of rescuers, that helped with all of Maya's medical expenses and arranged transport to PWD.

Finally, our sweet Daryl, has gone home! Daryl's family recently lost their beloved 3 legged black lab to cancer and felt an instant connection when they saw Daryl on our site. We could not be happier for this sweet boy, who received the vet care he desperately needed and finally a great family to share his lab love! Daryl's doing great in his new home, and within hours of his adoption I heard from his new fur mom!

"It is like he has always been here his entire life and instant bond I love him already! He is at the moment, snuggled up with my hubby watching TV. I took him to barn and he loves the horses. I will have to get some pictures of him putting his nose to theirs. He seems so happy. Thanks for what you do, we need more people like you in the world!"


Name:   Daryl
Age:      2 years
Disability:  3 legged 
Breed/Weight:  Black mix,  46 pounds

History:  Daryl was  picked up as a stray in a small rural North Carolina shelter.  A  local advocacy group pulled him, and contacted us immediately to help.  Daryl's leg is most likely from an old injury that never was treated.  

Daryl  exhibits all the wonderful characteristics of the Labrador!  He was fostered for a week until he was moved safely to us,  his foster family sent us some info about the time he spent with them. They fell in love with him! "Daryl is a very happy friend guy!  The first night in our home introductions to our dogs and our neighbors dogs went very well.   He instantly fit right in, almost as if he was part of our family for a long time. He is very smart boy and listens extremely well.  He loves to run or play or will be satisfied just to hang out with the family.  An affectionate dog who loves to cuddle.    He likes car rides and does excellent in the car. This dog will instantly grab your heart."

A big thank you to Friends of Edgecombe County Animal shelter for volunteering their time to help the homeless dogs at their local shelter and for transporting Daryl safely to PWD.

Yeah for Wilson!   Wilson was adopted by a wonderful couple, not new to rescue, but new to the idea of adopting a blind pup. I recently asked them how they felt about adopting their first "blind pup?"   "Wilson is doing GREAT, he is adorable, the little lapdog I always wanted, and best friends with Marvin (their other rescued dog.)  His blindness really is NO issue.  We love him and so happy he is now part of our family!"

Name:  Wilson
Age: 1 year old
Disability:  Blind
Breed/Weight:  Poodle Mix, 15 pounds

History:  Wilson was a stray found in Baltimore County.

When I met Wilson amongst all the barking dogs in their kennels,  I could see this ball of matted dirty fur in his cage.  Many dogs would cower, especially the blind ones, however Wilson was different,  he allowed us to put the lead on him and he trotted right out as if to say "where have you been? I have have things to do!" I had to keep asking myself "is this pup really blind?"   He seems so confident and self assured. Wilson has the cutest personality and is a very happy pup! We believe Wilson would fit into any family - he loves people and wants to play with pups!

He is doing great at the rescue, very tuned into humans and will follow your voice, loves his toys.   We are so happy here is safe with us and is now ready to find his forever family. 

Chloe worked her Schnauzer magic at our annual Open House this year and grab the hearts of this couple! They were immediately attracted to her spunk and zest for life as she worked the crowd that day!  We are so happy for Chloe, she found her home quickly and has joined 3 other very playful rescue friends!  

We just  received this from Chloe's new fur mom, "Oh Joyce, what a sweetheart, sweetheart!  Chloe is such a joy. As I write this, she and Speaker, the larger tripod, are on top of my bed playing around.  We have a 4 poster bed which is rather high off the floor, Chloe jumped right up with NO problem and Speaker saw Chloe jump on her own, and he did the same,  I have never seen him do that!  I would like to express my gratitude to you for selecting us to be Chloe's new mom and dad!  She is such a delight.  thank you PWD!"

Name: Chloe
Age: 1 year old 
Disability:  3 legged  
Breed/Weight:  Schnauzer mix, 15 pounds 

History:  Chloe was relinquished to a NC shelter with her right front leg dragging. 

We've never had a Schnauzer at PWD and honestly I did not know much about this breed.  BUT, after having this adorable dog for only a few short weeks, I can NOW honestly understand why people are over the top in love with these dogs! Chloe exemplifies all the great characteristics of this breed!  It's really impossible to list all the great things but a few we have noticed, very intelligent, fearless,  super loyal, super sweet, loving, very obedient, settles quickly, and just down right charming.  For such a young dogs  she is extremely mature for her age! 

Chloe had her leg amputated and recover very quickly. She now knows life on 3 legs will be exciting for her and her new family.  A family that will finally give her the love and respect she deserves! We are in love with this small bundle of energy! She will bring a quick smile to anyone that meets her.  Chloe loves to play with other pups and will make a great addition to some very lucky family!

Merry Christmas to our senior girl Daisy! Daisy's life has come full circle, rescued out of the Camden NJ shelter, then to PWD for vetting and recuperation, then back to NJ where a family opened their hearts and home to her!  A big heartfelt thank you to a young lady who absolutely fell in love with Daisy and  convinced her family Daisy was  the one for them!  Finally, Daisy has her family enjoying daily snuggling and long walks around the neighborhood.

It's so awesome when a neglected pup finally feels safe and loved even if it’s the later part of her life, which we feel is the most important!

Name:  DAISY
Age: senior (est 8 yrs old)
Disability:  cauliflower ear and an old untreated ACL injury
Breed/Weight:  Border collie mix - 37 lbs

History:  Stray in a New Jersey shelter
Daisy is quite the character, she might be a senior, but still has a lot of spunk!!  She ADORES every person she's ever met - especially if you have a little snack to share!  She loves being up on the couch, is content to be with her person, and enjoys nice long walks.  She was picked up as a stray, obviously had a neglectful life and most likely mothered several litters of pups - but, is now enjoying the cushy life of dog beds, a guaranteed meal, and the love of someone talking to her with much cuddling.
If you're looking for a wonderful life companion, and enjoy "super sweet", consider Daisy.  
She is very pushy with other dogs, so needs to be the only pet in the home.

Sweet Al came to us with multiple disabilities, a senior, missing an eye, bum front leg and going thru heartworm treatment, but always wagging his tail. Life was still good for Sweet Al!  After meeting Sweet Al at the Open House, Millie..., could not resist this pup. I asked her if she would be willing to take Sweet Al "as is" and without hesitation she said YES! Al has already settled in his loving and quiet retirement home with 3 other pups, same age and same size and yes all rescued! All I can say is WOW, people with kind hearts wanting to help a not so perfect dog, but in our eyes and Millie's eye, Sweet Al is perfect in a million ways! 

We received our first report from Sweet Al's adopter,  "Sweet Al ate a good dinner, had some treats earlier,  he has tried all the beds and I think he has finally found the one he especially likes.  When he is in bed he can look up and see that I am right in front of him then slips back to sleep.  He loves the back yard too, and explores much more than the other pups.   Yep, he sure does belong here!"

Name:  Sweet Al
Age:    Senior
Disability: Trauma to his right side, right eye missing, and right leg trauma.  
Breed/Weight: Beagle mix - 20 pounds

History:  Sweet Al was picked up as a stray and landed in small rural  West Virginal Shelter. A local advocacy pulled him and got him to safety.

Sweet Al came into the rescue with his tail wagging away! He has made himself at home, instantly got the routine with ease. A big thank you to a wonderful foster home who cared for Sweet Al as we sorted out many medical issues. 

They were able to give us some great insight on a very neglected senior stray. "Sweet Al, in my eyes the perfect dog.  In spite of everything he has endured in his life, he always greets everyone with a big smile and a tail wag.  He has received hw treatment, had a few teeth pulled and endured everything like a champ.  It is unknown  how he sustained his injuries to the right side of his body, but handles all his disabilities, better than you or I.   Al, gets along well with dogs and cats, does not seem to interested in toys, just a big soft bed, with lots of head and belly rubs. He loves to snuggle and his favorite past time was curling up beside us for a good movie.  He is patient and does well with children. "

He is so darn cute and his needs are few and far between, love, attention, a nice walk around a yard, and a comfy bed.  Anyone would be lucky to add this boy to their family.  A big thank you to One by One Animal Advocates, base in Huntington, WV, a small group of rescuers that helped with Sweet Al's vetting and arranged transport to PWD. 


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

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 someone’s 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!

After all my years of living a crappy life have I finally been adopted into a loving canine family! Yep, Reese you have been!
This couple is a breath of fresh air, having the patience and will to adopt a very neglected senior blind and partially deaf dog, to live his final years in their home.  

I recently receive several updates from his adopters,  on his progress!   Reese continues to do GREAT,  he loves the snow and even saw his tail wag, I was speechless, so happy!  He continues to eat with gusto, I think in no time he will gain that that much needed weight he needs.   Everything just seems to be clicking for him,  we love him,  he is a joy and a  keeper!  Two great dogs from PWD! 

We are so happy for sweet Reese!

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.

Our Mr. Mischievous, Lenny, now Hunter has found a great home!  He will be living life large in Southern Maryland, with his new family and will now  share his life, with a caring family and an awesome new fur sister, Chloe!  Hunter's new family is very active, with jogging daily and soon camping and boating trips in his future.  This is just what Hunter needed an active family with a very confident new canine friend.    

A message from  his new adopter's, "The transition for Hunter has been,  in our eyes,  pretty easy.  He struggled the first two nights with barking but has been an angel since.  He is such an affectionate boy and has grown quickly to love the family and our Rottie Chole.   We are so happy to have found him and to provide a loving home for him.  We are blessed to have 2 great dogs.  A big thank you to Pets with Disabilities!"

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.

ANNIE AND HUNTER FOUND A FOREVER HOME TOGETHER!!Thank you to this awesome couple who  not only opened up their hearts to a senior deaf and partially blind dog but also to her 3 legged young friend she made here at PWD!  Annie, now Bindy,  and Hunter, now Banjo  will both be living life large right here in southern Maryland,  in a gorgeous and VERY rescue friendly home.  This couple  is very involved with cat rescue in our community, and  Banjo and Bindy  fit the bill and are great with their new feline family!  We are beyond thrilled for Bindy getting adopted with her hearing friend!

I have received several updates from the adopters, two were really cute and thought I would share. Banjo came into the house and was waiting for his treat, but Bindy was not in yet, so Banjo went outside and tapped on her and they both came running inside, it was really cute,  and here is a picture of them on their new matching  beds by the fire, after a long day of exercise and fun in their new home!

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!

Name:  Hunter
Age: 1 year old
Disability: 3 legged dog
Breed/Weight:   Basenji/hound mix
History:  Hunter was found as a stray with an injured front leg that needed amputation.
Hunter was rescued by an advocacy group we work with on a regular basis.  We enjoy working with this group and the dogs we have rescued from them have been in one word, awesome!  And Hunter is no different. Hunter stayed in a foster home for a bit, after his surgery before transport was arranged to PWD!  
The foster family sent us a little bit about their experience with this sweet lovable guy! "Wow, where do I start with Hunter. He is actually the most perfect mannered dog.  He will sit for hours between my husband's knees and get his head rubbed, he loves him.  He also sleeps on a bed next to my big orange  cat, so he loves cats too! I really had NO problems with this dog, he is mellow, content, affectionate so obedient, hardly barks, it was MY pleasure to foster him post-surgery."    
During his transport he was almost dog-napped but everyone that volunteered their time to get him to us! From Ann Marie,  "Almost did not make the hand off, but reconsidered and trudge on! Hunter is AWESOME, he gets around great, rode great, and an all-round fantastic guy."   
We agree with everything his foster mom wrote and can understand how he was almost dog napped!   Hunter has been an easy dog here and has fit in from the very first day. Everyone that has encounter Hunter pretty much says the same thing, a great dog!  He would fit to any canine, feline and human family with ease!

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. 


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.


When this young lady phoned us to discuss her family adopting Drake, I was drawn to their kindness and compassion towards helping another dog.  Recently,  Drake's new family lost their rescued 2 year old lab, to bone cancer.  They had done all that was medically possibly for her, but her cancer came back with a vengeance and took her young life.  In honor of Pearl  they all felt compelled to help another 3 legged dog and were drawn to Drake. Drake has been with them for almost a week now, he is settling  quickly and loves his new family and feline friend.

A nice  note from his family,  "Drake had a great first day and night! We played outside and went for a walk yesterday (he did great on his walk!). He slept on his dog bed next to my bed and slept all through the night. He fits perfectly here, I am so happy to have him!   Drake and the cat are already playing together and get along well. "

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.

YEAH,  our spunky little survivor/class clown has been adopted!  Keyser, now sharing his life with a young active local family, a happy ending to a dog whose life was dangling on the edge!   A nice note from his adopters "He is settling in and seems to be loving us and his fur sister Bella.  These 2 dogs get along great, they even sleep in the same bed together,   he really is a perfect fit!"

We are so happy for Keyser and happy we were able to help him continue his life!

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. 

Our sweet Marty will share his life with a new baby and a new feline friend!   We could not be  happier for Marty he, has found with a very rescue friendly family.   

A nice update on Marty from his new fur mom,  "We had 15 people over last night, and Marty was a wonderful host.  He was super sweet and playful.  He was gentle with all the children and never even attempted to steal any food.  He is finally sleeping thru the night and each day feels more and more comfortable with his new home. He is such a great addition, thank you for letting us be his family!"

Thank you for opening your home and hearts to Marty, we look forward to future updates. Marty really touched all of our hearts here! (as they all do)

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!

Our Sarah has been adopted!! A good friend and past adopter met our little Sarah, and fell in love. She saw beyond her equilibrium problems and quickly realized she was a young vibrant alert pup, that handle herself like a champ. And as soon as Sarah got settled she realized just how smart this little dog really was! " Sarah has managed to find and gather every toy in our home and has become quite a sneaky little toy hoarder of our bunch. She is hyper a little bossy and just plain wild, we LOVE her! She has been sleeping on the sofa with me, and this is her landing pad, and toy gathering spot. What a hoot she is, thank you for letting her becoming part of our clan, she makes us laugh every day."

A big thank you to this family for adopting many of our disabled and senior dogs!

Name:  Sarah
Age: 6 months
Disability:  Cerebellum/equilibrium issues
Breed/Weight:   Beagle Mix/ 15 pounds

History: Sarah was rescued from an abusive situation. Some very kind people intervened, got her to safety, and called us for help. She is from rural West Virginia.

Sarah is a sweet, peppy puppy!  Sarah is 15 pounds of pure happiness, tail in the air wagging all the time, happy to be here and with canine friends that really enjoy her! Sarah has a cerebellum issue, as our vet simply explains "she will always have an unique funny gate but she otherwise is a very normal and healthy pup!"  She is a good sport - handles her disability like a champ.  She is very alert, knows the routine of the rescue and absolutely loves to cuddle with humans the most! She will melt your heart when you meet her.

When we posted a video of this great friendship that evolved between two dogs here at PWD, over 1000 people viewed the kinship of a blind dog and 3 legged pup playing hard and having fun! We had interest in one but not both, until a young couple stepped up, and hated to see this dynamic duo broken up and asked if they were still available. Working the rescue every day and seeing the dogs establish relationships, is pretty awesome but to have them adopted together. Sonny became that playful seeing eye friend Patrick yearned for and this past week Sonny and Patrick were placed together, Wahoo!

I received a recent update from their adopters, " Sonny always checks up on his friend Patrick they still play hard together, rest together, and are really attached. Sonny always butts in to get that extra attention, but he truly loves his blind buddy. We feel truly blessed by these pups. Thank you PWD, you guys rock."

We love happy endings and this one is by far one of our best! A big thank you to this couple for opening their hearts to two loving dogs who formed a great canine bond here at PWD.

Name:  Patrick
Age:   2-3 years old
Disability:  Blind -both eyes extracted
Breed/Weight: Aussie/Cattle dog/ hound mix  - only 36lbs!

History:  Patrick was surrendered to a county shelter and was slated to be euthanized, because he was blind and needed immediate eye care.  Lucky for Patrick, he was rescued on St Patrick's Day, (hence his name Patrick) by an awesome rescue group in his area. They got him to safety, gave him the necessary vetting and contacted us to help find him a forever home.

Patrick is a sweet, peppy pup and has settled here quite nicely! He so sweet and VERY playful pup.  He has dealt with his challenges like a champ - he has no fear, will run full speed, engage any dog that wants to play - watching him you would never know he has no eyes! When he is not chasing dogs around the yard, he will find a toy, throw it up in the air and find it again -so darn cute to watch him play! Patrick is great with other dogs, cats and loves to be around people.  He will melt your heart. We fell in love with just seeing pictures of him and felt compelled to help this boy find a loving family.

Patrick will be a great companion dog to all families members - canine, feline and human - and will certainly bring out the best in all of them.

Name:  Sonny
Age: 1-2 years old
Disability:  3 legged
Breed/Weight:   Mix breed - only 38lbs! (we are going to call him a basenji mix!!)

History: Sonny was found as a stray with a bad injury to his back leg. This young dog was scheduled to be euthanized in the shelter, but thankfully our friends One by One rescue (an advocacy group in WV), pulled him and contacted us to help.

Sonny went into a fantastic foster home right after his amputation, (waiting for a spot to open up at the rescue) and his foster family fell in love. "Sonny, was a little shy at first, but quickly turned into his sweet loving self. He is crate trained and house trained and he really was a perfect house guest! He never chewed anything or had any accidents in our home. He does great with other dogs, and did not seem overly excited or the least bit interested in the cats. As he recovered from surgery, he became more confident and even more playful, as you can see from the video his disability does not slow him down! Sonny is a very lovable laid back dog, that loves hugs and back scratches, he is truly one of the sweetest dogs we have fostered."

Sonny arrived at PWD, and just as his foster family commented, he is a fantastic dog! He loves the company of people and other dogs. He plays hard but then will settle quickly.  He also seems to be a quiet dog, we have not heard him bark!  He is a gorgeous little mix, he has one of the softest coats, making him a great guy to snuggle with!

Charley's life has finally come full circle. Month after month people would ask if Charley had any interest, my answer was always be the same, not yet. Until NOW, when this young couple walk thru our gates, they met a few of our dogs, but Charley caught their eye and heart. Charley was their boy, and they knew it and so did Charley!

Finally, after spending almost 2 years at PWD, I am thrilled to announce Charley has gone home! At almost 5 years old, Charley has landed safely with this active young couple ready to show him what life and love is all about! They adore him! Yes, it took a while, but for Charley, the wait was worth every minute! We will miss you Charley, glad PWD was there when you needed us, but very happy for you!

A big heartfelt thank you to this very compassionate couple for adopting their very first rescue dog together!

A recent note from his adopters, " Charley sleeps with us, sits on the couch with us, he goes everywhere with us, he is awesome! I can't believe no one scooped this boy up, we feel so lucky, you made our year!"

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.

Jack's future will be pretty interesting and very inspiring.  Jack, now Captain Jack, has been  adopted by an Army Physical Therapist.  She hopes Jack will consider sharing his tripod spirit with the men and woman amputees at Walter Reed Hospital.  Captain Jack's  training has begun and we hope in the near future he will be sharing his robust personality with our wounded warriors. What an awesome job for our Jack! 

Jack now lives in Washington DC and has already met lots of new friends.  Thank you for opening up your heart to an older 3 legged dog in need of a new life and purpose!

Name:  JACK
Age:  5 yr old
Disability:  3 legged
Breed/Weight:  He is 5 years old, German Shepherd/Lab/Chesapeake Bay Retriever mix, 3 legged, sweet boy!

History: Jack was hit by a car when he was 6 months old and severely injured his front leg. Jack owners finally relinquished him to a vet office where finally received care. 

Jack, has the best of both breeds, loyal as a German shepherd, but as playful as a young lab! He loves to play and run. He gets along with other dogs and cats! A fun dog, that will melt your heart, and will make a great companion.  After 4 years of being in a home he has found his way back to PWD. Jack's human dad was forced to move and could not take his friend with him.

He picked up our routine quickly and is enjoying running again- hoping to loose a few pounds. Typical to the Shepherd breed he is intelligent and loyal. He quickly forms an attachment to his people. We hope we can find him a great forever home quickly!

Daphne was not here too long but, long enough to find the perfect family to spend the rest of her life with. She will be safe and loved. Daphne is living right outside our nation's capital and she has adjusted with ease to her new urban life, sitting at the outside cafes and daily visits to a very stimulating dog park with her new fur parents. She has received so much love and respect from the neighborhood that I believe she has started her new journey as a PWD ambassador, education people about rescue and the spirit of a dog that certainly had a rough beginning. Daphne your life has come full circle, no more abuse in your life.

We hear daily from her new fur mom, "Daphne is the happiest, bounciest most loving pup. She warms the hearts of everyone she meets and makes me laugh every day. She wants to be where ever I am and I want to be where every she is, we are a perfect pair. She adores her toys, the park and going for morning runs. We love our girl!"

Name:  Daphne
Age:   1 year old
Disability:  3 legged, blind in right eye
Breed/Weight:  Husky/Shepherd Mix  45 pounds

History: Daphne was relinquished to the shelter for chasing chickens, with severe injuries to her right side.  Pellets were found in and around her eye and a scar on her head, unfortunately her right leg was also injured beyond repair and had to be amputated.

Daphne stayed in a wonderful foster home for her post op recovery while she waited for transport to be arranged. Here is a little info from her foster mom  "Her name was drumstick when pulled from the shelter, there was NO way I was going to keep that name, for this beautiful dog,  so I named her Daphne! Her  first year of  life was certainly not great, but thru all her mistreatment she is one amazing happy go lucky pup. She is absolutely great with my dogs, big and small, she loves my kittens and sleeps with them every night. Also great with people including small children!  She loved to be where ever I was, it has been a joy to have helped this young lady, and will truly be a great addition to any family."

Daphne arrived at PWD after staying with one of our adopters for a couple of days.  They helped us discover she LOVES toys and is quite a toy enthusiast! She is finally at PWD, where she has settled with ease once again to an new environment.  We instantly fell in love with her too.  She is a little shy but that’s ok, considering how her life has changed  so dramatically (to the good) the last 2 months. She will be a cherished member with her new family, as long as they are  active and have lots of fun toys!    

Farrah, has been adopted!  This gentleman just recently lost his beloved 3 legged shepherd, and reached out to PWD to help him find a new friend, and our Farrah seemed to be a perfect match!  Farrah got just what she needed and wanted - her very own person!  We got her thru the some rough medical issues here, but finally after a few months she was healthy and very ready to start her forever life!  

From her foster dad, "She is settling in nicely but her tail just keeps thumping away!   She is a great girl I am thrilled I adopted her, thank you PWD"

Age: 2 years old
Disability:  3 legged
Breed/Weight: German Shep mix, 40 pounds  History
: Farrah came from a NC Shelter. 
Farrah reminds us a lot of our 3 legged Lucy, with her tail wagging happy spirit. She is now living in our home and has made great friends with Sandy, another shepherd mix. Farrah is very playful, but seems to be totally connected with humans, everyone is her friend. She loves the sofa and seems most content watching TV with me! She will be a very loyal companion dog!!  Farrah's heartworm treatment has been successful and she is ready for her new home!!


Treble adopted!  Our 3 legged energizer bunny has been adopted to a great canine family.  Treble now Ranger, will enjoy life in the big city with his two new fur sisters, both with disabilities also.  Ranger seemed right at home when we went to visit him, already racing around his new home enjoying his new toys and snuggling with his new fur dad.

A big thank you to this wonderful couple who opened up their hearts to another 3 legged pup!

Name: Treble
Age:  5 mo old
Breed/Weight:  mixed breed, 20 lbs
Disability:  3 legged

History: Treble was picked up by animal control after being hit by a car.  His broken leg needed to be amputated.

Treble is a sweet little guy, with lots of puppy energy and spirit.  He gets along with other dogs, cats and loves people.  He has just arrived at PWD, has been fully vetted by the shelter, so we are accepting applications on him now.  As we get to know him, we'll update his bio.

Our one eyed girl, Ginger was adopted!  We are all thrilled for  Ginger, and so happy she will sharing her youthful, gentle spirit with 2 young active boys and a puppy!     

A note from her new fur mom,  "We have had Ginger for a week, and we can't imagine our lives without her.  Ginger has made our home complete.  She is the daughter I never had,  and she takes good care of her fur brother Airy and has become best friends with her new human brothers."   

Thank you for opening your heart and home to Ginger!

Age: 3 years old
Disability:  One eye missing
Breed/Weight:  Greyhound mix, 40 pounds
: Ginger was an owner relinquishment to a rural Virginia shelter
WINK WINK, Ginger is here! She needed us and she is SO THRILLED TO BE HERE! Always has a big smile on her cute face!   
The shelter was told by her old "owners" she was an independent girl, loved outside living.  REALLY? Upon arrival we immediately discovered, not only did she love inside living and the comforts of inside living, (clean beds, daily food, and no more ticks, fleas and mosquitoes) we can barely get her outside! She also adores the attention of humans and loves hanging with the other dogs. Unfortunately, Ginger had some months of neglect. 
Ginger has survived her heart worm treatment, and is now hw free and ready for her new home. She is one of the sweetest dogs, she likes being with other dogs, and is showing a lot of love for life.  She'll make a great companion to a lucky family.


What a summer we have had here at PWD, two long time rescues finally found their families.  We are thrilled to announce that Sam's adoption day finally arrived. Sam was happy to give up his PWD couch for his forever sofa. A pretty good trade!    

It took a few  years but well worth the wait for Sam!  He joins 2 hound loving fur dads, and two fur brothers, Brick and Ramon, both rescued also! When Sam was returned to our rescue, we promise him two things.. 1- that we would get him healthy and 2 - find a family that would appreciate his hound spirit! 

I received a nice note from his new fur dads,  "We just wanted to express our appreciation to PWD, for allowing us to make Sam part of our family.  From the first time we saw him we just knew he was the right fit for our family, and he has certainly proved us right.  Sam immediately bonded with our two other dogs, and have become inseparable ever since.  The first night he slept on the couch but now he  is up on the bed like the other two - jostling for prime position.    He plays with both dogs, sleeping, eating great, running and sniffing in the yard then settles in a sunny spot like a hound.  He has quickly settled himself in as part of the family.  He is just a big lovable hound, and it seems he has been with us forever.   Thanks for waiting for us Sam." 

A huge heartfelt thank you from all of us at PWD, for giving our Sam a loving home.   

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.  

Spirit now Cali, has been adopted, and is doing fantastic in her new home and having a ball with her new fur sister, JoJo.  We got a nice update from Cali's new fur mom,  "Cali is doing great, she and JoJo, play hard outside, she is eating well, even sits for her treats and best of all loves up on me every day, one of the easiest dogs I have ever adopted!  thank you PWD!"

We love when our seniors go home, so a great huge thank you to Cali's new family!

Name: Spirit
Age: 8 years old
Breed/Weight:  Lemon hound mix, 50lbs
Disability:  DeafNow that Spirit has settled in at the rescue, we can  say "WOW!", what a sweet heart!  A beautiful, sweet calm pup. Although she is deaf, (she has the greatest ears) she has managed to understand the routine quickly and has learned the direction she needs to go by small hand movements, and of course with help of the other pups. We got a wonderful description of Spirit's disposition from her foster mom, who completely adored her. She was in her home for almost a month until transport could b arranged to PWD.  "She is a total love bug, not too interested in toys but is very playful with dogs,  cat and kid friendly. She settled nicely, after play time on a cozy sofa or dog bed.  She is completely house trained, and if she is sleeping I gently touch her and lead her outside. Like most hounds she enjoys sunbathing time. She is very attentive despite her disability, quickly learned our household routine and when my other dogs got excited she would join right in."Spirit is a true joy to have here, once again she has adjusted well to a new routine, playful and friendly. Spirit is ready to find her forever family, you will fall in love with her instantly as we all did here! Since Spirit is deaf, she requires a fenced in yard and a friendly canine friend.

Always nice when past adopters come back to PWD,  to help another dog in need. This couple adopted Faith, a blind stray puppy, and Raven, not disabled but rescued, and now Chloe!  Chloe was being foster, but within 2 weeks I received a text saying " We absolutely love this dog, she is a keeper!"    We all knew when they left, they would fall in love with her, as we all  did here.  

Thank you  for  adopting Chloe and  helping her gain more confidence with  using her  "new" leg  She has  been hiking and has scheduled swim lessons!  So happy for Chloe.

A big hug to AnnMarie and Steve, who helped orchestrate Chloe's rescue, got her thru surgery and rehab and helped with transport to PWD where she found her forever home.

Name:  Chloe
Age: 6 years
Disability: front leg injury - permanent gait issues
Breed/Weight: Collie Mix, 40 pounds

History: Chloe was an injured stray in a SC shelter. They reached out to many rescues and we stepped up for her. Chloe will be undergoing surgery to repair her injured leg.

Chloe was fostered by wonderful friends and adopters near Charleston, SC. We are very thankful to them for getting her out of the shelter and into the safety of their home. Now that Chloe is starting to settle in, here is what they have to say about her....

"Cuddle bug alert!  From the moment she sees you, Chloe wants to snuggle and be your best friend.  She is incredibly sweet, and has yet to meet someone who has not fallen in love with her cute face and personality.  She is laid back lady with a bit of a spunky side to her,  she enjoys herding our pack!  But humans are her favorite.  She loves belly rubs, car rides and is starting to  learn basic obedience she's a smart girl! Our vet believes she was most likely hit by a car, and injuries were left untreated." 

Chloe has arrived at the rescue and is ready for adoption.

PWD Angel

Thank you Todd & Lynn Schaeffer 
for being an Angel to Chloe

This hound loving couple came  to see the rescue this past weekend, meet the dogs, not really intending to fall in love with our 3 legged hound,  Frank but  did, and with a blink of an eye Franks life change!  As you can see Frank is settling in quite nicely.  Do you  think Frank wants to hunt anymore,  NOT that he has found the TV, and a warm cozy bed, his hunting days are way behind him now!  

A big thanks to this couple, please come back  and get a friend for Frank  we will always have a  hounds looking for a great home like yours!

Name: Frank
Age: 5 years
Breed/Weight: English Fox hound,  50lbs
Disability:  3 legged 

History:  Frank was surrendered to a rural NC shelter - arriving with only 3 legs.Meet Frank a handsome, regal and very calm hound. When we received the request from the shelter to take Frank, we had a full house. Fortunately for Frank, there was a local foster available for a short time.

Here is a little of what his foster mom had to say,  "Frank is the most happy go lucky hound!  He loved my smaller male hound  and my female aussie mix, also cat friendly. We took him on a field trip to PetSmart and he fell in love with everyone and visa versa, he was friendly and playful with the kids, and loved meeting all the dogs. He is not a barker unless he heard sirens or someone pulling into our driveway.  He never had an accident in my home, loves being inside and pretty mellow just to sit on his bed.  He enjoys the small comforts of a home! And I think might make a great therapy dog."  Frank is here and has settled at the rescue, and he is in fact a sweet heart and a very easy dog!  A beautiful, sweet calm hound, that is ready to find his forever home. 

Sylvester's foster mom fell in love with our 3 legged cat, and with time, Sylvester finally felt at home with Karen's pack! So happy for Sylvester!   A big thank you to Karen, for fostering him during his recuperation and officially making him part of her family!

Name:  Sylvester
Age: 3-5 years old
Disability:  3 legged
Breed/Weight:  Black and white, but he is mostly black with a touch of white, 12  lbs.

History: Sylvester was found as a stray in the south jersey area, with a badly mangled front leg that needed to be removed. The shelter reached out to PWD.

Sylvester is being fostered in Sewell NJ.  Per his foster mom  "Super sweet Sylvester is now ready to find his forever home!  His amputation site looks great and he has adjusted to his life on 3 legs. He is a big love bug and purrs as soon as you pet him.  Sylvester is FIV positive,  but these cats can live with non-FIV cats below are some links with info regarding fiv cats.  Sylvester was a little scared at first but within one week has made great strides, now finding him in different places and even sunning himself, he is feeling more comfortable around my smaller dogs, but still nervous around my bigger pups."     

Thank you Karen Quigley, for fostering Sylvester during his rehab time and getting to know him while he waits for his forever home.

Happy New year  to Calvin,  and update on one of our first Critical Care Canine recipients - Calvin went home this week!   Calvin was schedule to be euthanized at a local shelter because of his extensive medical needs, thanks to your generosity we were able to help Calvin

We received one of the nicest updates from Calvin's adopter after being in their home one week! "Calvin is, quite simply, the sweetest little guy ever and the perfect addition to our family. Thank you SO much for rescuing him and allowing him to come into our lives! The work you do is so important for these animals, and the time and money you and PWD invest is totally worth it. I’m so glad I decided to contact you about Calvin! " 

A huge thank you to this kind family who adopted Calvin and accepted all of his "abilities!" Calvin is living and loving his new life in south jersey, along with another rescue dog named Holly and 2 rescue cats,  and a very compassionate rescue family.


Name: Calvin
Age: 3 years old
Breed/Weight:  Manchester Terrier, 20 pounds
Disability:  Hearing impairment/equilibrium issues, Calvin was scheduled to be euthanized the day we rescued him.

Many past untreated ear infections has left Calvin with bi lateral ear problems, his eardrums are completely closed, and  scar tissue has formed which results in a condition called "cauliflower ear." After consultations with several specialists, dermatology, neurology and radiologist, they are all in agreement - Calvin will need a TECA, Total Ear Canal Ablation.

UPDATE! Calvin rebounded quickly from his surgery as if nothing ever happened, he is truly has been one of the most amazing patients we have ever had here at PWD. Just a good sport, 20 pounds of pure happiness, tail wagging, loves the dogs but truly would love a shoulder or lap to call his own! He loves to cuddle with humans, and melts in anyone's arms, or just happy to lay on a cozy dog bed. He still has some equilibrium issues, so he will always have a unique and funny gait but otherwise, he is a very normal and now healthy dog.  He has handled his life like a champ. He is very alert knows the routine of the rescue, goes up and down stairs and spends most of his days in my office. 

As always - each of our dogs could use their own angels...  please consider sponsoring Calvin

Another family coming back to PWD to add to their fur family! Our little spit fire, Jingles will certainly add some excitement  to her new fur family and fur mom!  A very happy ending to another very neglected dog!   We recently receive a heartwarming email from Jingle's new mom.

Oh, how can I thank you?  You have once again blessed me with a love.....she is fitting in great with my other 3 pups, learning the ropes, and bouncing all around  Oh, how can I thank you?  You have once again blessed me with a love.....she is fitting in great with my other 3 pups, learning the ropes, and bouncing all around. Thank you PWD!

Name: Jingles
Age: 1 year
Disability: 3 legged
Breed/Weight: beagle mix, 15 pounds

History: Jingles was taken from a neglectful situation along with other pups. She sustained an untreated front leg injury and her leg needed to be amputated.

Jingles has arrived at the rescue in FULL Jingles style - which is a total exuberant love of life and all it has to offer!  She is NO couch potato!  She loves to be with her person - in your lap, then chasing the ball, the back for another cuddle.  She does well with other dogs as long as they can handle a very energetic little girl.  At 15lbs, and only 3 legs, she's a teeny tiny whirl wind ready to bring her heart and energy to a new family!

Another family coming back to pwd to add to their fur family! Our little spit fire, Jersey who found his way to PWD with 2 broken legs was adopted this week! Jersey, will live life with Maya, (a former PWD 3 legged resident) and Koda, their senior husky, and will add a lots of new canine energy to his new home. Jersey will also join three active teens and say they can't wait to start hiking with him! A great ending to a very neglected and injured dog whose future in now bright! Merry Christmas Jersey!

Name: Jersey
Age:   1 year old
Breed/Weight:  Collie/Boxer mix
Disability:  2 broken front legs - 40lbs

Jersey arrived after an urgent request from a North Carolina Shelter. He came in as a stray at the shelter with two broken legs, they fell in love with him and knew he deserved a chance and contacted Pets with Disabilities for help.

Jersey  has a wonderful personality and is full of energy.   He wants to play so bad, but unfortunately will be very limited in exercise for the next several weeks. He was seen by our Orthopedic team at MASH, and will be wearing splints for the next 4-6 weeks. He will also be on strict crate rest which is no fun for a happy, energetic pup like Jersey.   

Jersey UPDATE!  His casts are now off, bones have healed, but he is still on strict cage rest and leash walking for another week! Jersey has been one of the greatest patients and has become a favorite at our orthopedic hospital. He will be excited to be playing and acting like a young pup again.  SO happy we got him walking on all 4's again! He may not have a perfect gait, but he'll be pain free, fast, and happy!


PWD Angel

Thank you to Lara Batca Moore
for being Jersey's angel!



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