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Because their spirits aren't broken

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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.


After watching Skippy the last few weeks, we put a hold on his amputation realizing this little wing was a big part of his vibrant personality. We  witnessed him actually using the leg for daily life activities.

Skippy was  adopted this past weekend by a wonderful caring  couple, who absolutely fell in love with his "norm". Skippy is now living life large in Virgina Beach, with his rescued fur sister, Cadence.  I received a nice note from her adopters this past week,  "Skippy is the biggest cuddle bug and happy go lucky dog we have ever met!  He loves to play fetch and cuddle with her big sister!  He is such a sweet gentile soul and became an instant couch potato.  We cant get enough of this sweet boy. Thank you PWD!"

Name: Skippy
Age: 1 year old
Disability: 3 legged
Breed/Weight: mixed breed? anyone's guess.. 35 pounds

History: Skippy was an owner relinquishment, he was born with a front leg deformity.

Skippy arrived at the rescue very scared and shy but within a day, he was quick to learn he was very safe and warmed up to all of us very quickly! All we can say is wow, what a sweet, smart, energetic pup. He loves car rides, playing with toys and will settle quickly on any soft bed or lap. He learned the routine of the rescue so fast, we were all quite impressed with his intelligence! We have all fallen in love with this boy. He will definitely fit into any family, with cats, kids and of course another canine friend. He will be very loyal companion, with a family he can count on for the rest of his life.

Clifford  " Big Red"  our sweet blind boy has finally been adopted to a couple whose hearts were so compelled by Clifford's history and neglect, they fell in love with his laid back personality and wanted to give him a happy ending, a loving and trusting home! 

I received a text from his adopters recently, "Clifford is awesome! He and Angel are starting to really bond.  He is sleeping and snuggling in our bed at night, loves that, he plods along well and has managed our yard with brilliance. We recently had friends over and Cliff fell in love with our friend Al.  He jumped into his lap every night for hugs, LOL.  He is definitely feeling at home!" Thank you PWD!

A big heartfelt  thank you to this  couple for adopting their first blind pup,  and helping him thru his adjustment period  in their home!  Clifford will be forever loyal and thankful to you!

Name: Clifford (the big red dog!)
Age: 2 years old
Disability:  Blind
Breed/Weight:  Retriever Mix, 65 pounds

History:  Clifford was a stray taken to a very rural Tennessee shelter. Cliff is blind in both eyes, but his left eye needed to be removed due to discomfort and infection. Clifford was most likely used as target practice, since he had bb's lodged in his eyes and ears. Most likely blinded by bb's.

When I saw Clifford at the shelter, I immediately emailed the shelter to see if any other local recue groups had responded, they said "No, only you". I checked a week later only to find out he was still there, looking so defeated, his spirit gone. I knew we need to take this dog. When our volunteers met the transport, they too noticed he seemed beaten down, one of the saddest dogs they had ever seen. He got into our car, wondering what was going to happen next in his life, little did he know he was going to PWD, and he would soon believe life could be good again.

After a few short weeks, meet our new and improved  Clifford, "our bid red dog"!  WOW, with some good nutrition, vetting and the comforts of home, his real personality has started to shine through the despair he came with. He loves life, people, and enjoys the company of other dogs.  The kindness of the rescue is all new to him and we think he is really digging it! Cliff is a very loyal pup, a big love, we enjoy getting our Clifford hug every day. He will be a very dedicated family member.

Marley Adopted! Our cute little orphaned pup has finally landed with a couple who are completely over the top in love with him! "He is doing great, him and Trooper are best friends, everyone that comes over just falls completely in love with him. He is such a love bug, we could NOT be happier but best of all Trooper loves having a little brother. These two are in constant play mode, and when resting right beside by one another!"

Thank you to this wonderful couple who have been hoping to adopt a PWD pup for a while, and their patience landed a perfect match.

Name:  Marley
Age: 4 years old
Disability: 3 legged
Breed/Weight:  Spaniel mix, 25 pounds

History:  Marley found himself abandoned when both his fur parents died within a year apart.  One of our West Virginia rescue partners reached out to PWD to help him find a new forever home.    Marley was able to spend some time in a foster home while waiting for a spot to open up at PWD, this is what her foster mom had to say about sweet pup. "Marley my little foster cuddle bug!  He was friendly to all our visitors, loved to curl up on our couch, his favorite spot or was my shadow, tagging along with me all over our home. He loved his momma!"

Marley has settled in nicely here at PWD, he loves to hang with the big dogs, and is very playful with them!  This little guy has warmed his way into our hearts, he is a petite sweet boy who also has found his way to our sofas and settles nicely in our office. Marley is also great with cats, kids, AND a great car rider too (his past fur parents were both truckers and he was their companion pup.)  Marley is also housebroken. He will add great energy to his new family!  We love this little guy and hope we can find him a forever home quickly so that his beloved parents can finally rest in peace. 

This adopter suffered a tragic loss of her best friend a few months ago, feeling lonely in her heart and home, she felt the need to adopt another 4 legged or in this case a furry 3 legged pup. Leo was adopted and has already fill this persons heart with joy.

"Leo" is doing great, he has been a hit in my small Baltimore neighborhood, we take daily walks around the block, and has already made friends with another 3 legged pup! I am thrilled to have Leo in my life, my heart is filled once again with helping another furry friend in need. Thank you PWD, for bringing Leo into my life."

Name: Galileo
Age: 1 - 2 years
Disability: 3 legged
Breed/Weight: Not sure (what do you think?) 35 pounds

History Galileo was found as a stray with a bad leg injury. Unfortunately it was never treated and the leg could not be saved.

Galileo was lucky enough to have been at a foster while a spot opened up here at PWD! This is what his foster folks had to say about him! Sounds like a great dog, and will find his forever family very soon! A big thank you to his foster family, who helped with his recuperation and got to know him!

"Galileo is very loving. He is fantastic with kids and other animals. He loves to be outdoors and thrives on human companionship. He is always under someone's feet. He will make a great pet. He is also a very good watch dog. He always barks when someone strange comes to yard/door, but once he realizes there is no threat he makes friends quickly. He likes to play with our cats, but not all of our cats want to play with him, when he gets swatted he respects the cat and steers clear. He has had a successful recuperation with his amputation and I think is happy his bum leg is gone! He is happy and bounding around the house and yard. He has already learned to navigate steps. He is a super sweet boy and will be a great pet to a very lucky family."

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

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

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

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

Tippi was heart worm positive and has been treated.

Chaz is one miracle pup! Both his legs were successfully repaired and his recuperation was a success here at PWD. Mr Chaz will now being sharing all 5 pounds of his feisty spirit with many more folks at an independent living facility where he will reside with his new adopter, a retired school teacher who adores him!

PWD is thankful to everyone who contributed to Chaz's medical care, he was very thankful and great patient!

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Amazing CHARM has been at the rescue for almost 2 yrs.  She tried a couple of different homes during that period, finding herself back at PWD. It's been difficult to understand why people are not "lining up" to take this brilliant, friendly, gorgeous border collie home.  She has no issues with any of the dogs at the rescue, she is happy to greet any new person she meets, she is content to just be with her person when there is nothing else going on. We have spent the last couple of months really focused on her to try and understand what she was looking for....  and then it became VERY clear - SHE IS HOME! She has no desire to find anywhere else to go - she "runs" the rescue facility, she is by Joyce's side at all times, her tail is always wagging, she loves her life here!!  She has a job as the "queen" to keep things running in accordance with the rules - and she does it very well.  WELCOME HOME, CHARM - we're so glad for your assistance and love forever.

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

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

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

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

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

It is official our sweet Pepper, has been adopted!  Yesterday we received a wonderful sweet update from her fur mom!

 "Pepper is just about the sweetest soul we have ever met!  She just wants to be with us, and insists on a good pet from time to time, and that is about it.  She LOVES her beds, and would like to have one in every room (since she follows me from room to room, its only fair).   We believe that the other dogs at Pets with Disabilities were a great comfort when you couldn't be right there with her.  With that in mind, Pepper will likely get a new  fur friend sometime soon.   I am a therapist, and she accompanies me to most of my sessions, where  she is a very calming presence.  She is very sweet and tolerant with our kids, ignores the cats, which is just fine with them, and just wants to sleep, lay in the sun, be loved and showered with affection (and about 5 more beds).  After 5 years of who-knows-what, she deserves nothing less."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Check out this video on YouTube:

Yeager, now Sammy,  has been adopted!  Sammy was here just long enough to get  his much needed  medical care, and as soon he was posted, these two  Golden lovers knew Sammy was their dog!  Sammy will be living life large on the Cape with 2 fantastic rescued hounds, Missy and Jake.

We get lots of updates on Sammy, but this one was so sweet,  "They are all so cute together,  Jake and Missy watch out  for him, and Sammy just melts my heart, we just can't get enough of him,  thank you so much PWD!"

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

Lolly (Lolly Pop) another cutie,  has been adopted!   Lolly, was here long enough to get necessary leg surgery to repair her fractured front legs.  Our adopters were so excited to get her into their family they took her during her recuperation time.  Lolly was able to recuperate in a quiet  and loving  home with her new fur sister, another Schnauzer mix, Gypsie.    A big thank you to these folks for helping us with the recuperation and recovery of this young spirit, who definitely needed a 2nd chance at life!

From our adopter,   "all the dogs we have adopted from PWD have enriched our lives in some way or another. Lolly is the latest joyful addition to our family, despite the suffering she endured she landed in the care of PWD, Joyce and Mike.  She is now a happy bundle of joy, we are grateful for her and as you can see has settle right in!" 

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

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

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

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

Name: Mr Tee
Age: 3 years old
Disability: A healed fracture of the distal ulna, his bone is completely healed, but turned a bit outward in its healing. No amputation is needed. Another minor disability that no other rescue or adopter could see past.  We are thrilled to have him here.
Breed/Weight:  Walker hound,  50 pounds

History:  Mr Tee was surrendered to a Virginia shelter by a hunter because he refused to chase deer.  As they say in Virginia, "Virginia is for lovers" - and Mr Tee is a true testament to this.  

" Mr Tee" is a fun active, goofy pup and has really flourished at the rescue. At first he was a bit shy around humans (not in an aggressive way) but he gets it now, we are not going to ask him to chase deer, the pressure is off and he can have fun, his hunting days are LONG behind him now. He now RUNS over to us with a big hound smile, wagging tail, wanting love and attention from all of us! He enjoys playing with all the dogs, loves to play with tennis balls or any other interesting toy in the yard. What a great dog! 

He is not very vocal, good in the car, housebroken, and settles easily in his apartment.

Another beautiful sweet hound that is ready for find his forever home.

We knew finding the right person to understand the challenges of a very active deaf herding breed would be difficult, but finally a young woman completely fell in love with Rayne's zest for life. She knew the breed very well and was not deterred by the disability, but rather up for the challenge.  After spending 3 intense months of training, proper exercise and routine with her, Rayne, now Murphy, has become a forever family member. 

Check out a glimpse of Murphy's new life! Car rides, routine hikes with his mom and fur brother Mickey, and cuddling on the sofa watching the Ravens play.  These pictures say it all! 

We are thrilled for Murphy,  she is home for the holidays and forever! I recently receive an update from her new fur mom,  "Murphy is my goofy, sweet, stubborn little tomboy. She has required constant training and attention since day 1 but I am so happy to report that she is making progress inside and outside of the home. She puts on a tough act due to her past but she has become such a love bug and guardian for my family. She knows exactly who her pack is :).  We adore her!"

Name: Rayne
Age: 1 - 2 years
Disability:  Deaf
Breed/Weight:  Aussie/cattle dog mix, 30 pounds

History: A local rescue friend reached out to us to see if we could accept a deaf pup, that had been living with her puppy's in an outside pen. Of course we said yes and so happy we did, Rayne will finally be out of the harsh elements of the upcoming winters of West Virginia.

Rayne is a bundle of great energy, she is very agile and very smart.  She is great with the other pups, but loves to be in the company of humans and enjoys following me around the yard. We have a volunteer willing to work with her so she can learn some basis signs. We feel Rayne would do best if she were adopted with one of her “hearing” canine friends she has met and played with at PWD and requires a yard with hard fencing. 

Our little social butterfly Brewster has been adopted to a very loving young family.  Brewster will  join  a new canine friend, Gizmo and some very dog friendly felines!  So heartwarming to see a once very neglected dog, sleeping like a baby in his new home.  We couldn’t be happier for our Brewster.

We received a recent update from his new family, " Brewster is doing great, he and Gizmo are best friends, this morning  they were on the our deck and Brewster was doing spinning zoomies with Gizmo, it was so cute,  thank you PWD for everything, he has fit right in with our family!"

Name: Brewster
Age:  1 - 2 years old
Disability:  3 legged

Breed/Weight:  Boston Terrier mix, 32 pounds 

History:  Brewster and his sister were both relinquished to our local shelter, their "family had too many dogs."   The shelter was beyond full when they  were relinquished, their need for space was crucial and they were both put on the at shelter's at risk list. Luckily, one of our local rescue advocates stepped up and pulled both of them before their fate was sealed and so happy she did! We happily accepted Brewster into our program.  He is one  gem of a dog! Unfortunately we have no clue on how he became a 3 legged, and he's not talking. 

What a great face! Brewster is a loving, outgoing, friendly dog. He does great with others and enjoys snuggling in his apartment.  He is quiet, house broken and we are happy to have him with us as he waits his FOREVER family. He might be missing a leg but what he lacks in legs he makes up with his big heart.  He has easily adjusted to rescue life at PWD. Not much more to say about this pup, he will be a great life companion to any family! 

A big thank you to Vicky Dopler for rescuing him and getting him safely to us

Bruce Wayne  aka "Batman" finally has a super hero family to call his own!    We could not be happier for Batman,  whose life was in limbo  with  the multiple injuries he sustained.    A big thank you to our rescue friends in Georgia, to  his  great team of vets,  Martha's mutts,  a group of dedicated transporters,  and finally a huge heartfelt thank you to his family who opened up their hearts  to provide him  with a loving and safe haven for the rest of his life. 

Batman will join 2 other rescue dogs, Sugar bear and Kali, and a vibrant little girl who loves her fur family!


Name: Bruce Wayne aka Batman
Age:  1 - 2 years old
Disability:  3 legged

Breed/Weight:  Hound/Shepherd mix  40 pounds

History:   Bruce was struck by a car, a good Samaritan found him a few days later and  call the local police.  They transferred him to a local vet office where his fate was up in the air. He had 2 broken hips, one needed amputation the other needed surgical repair. After many conversations with the vet WE proceeded with his necessary surgeries, and thank goodness we did, what a fabulous soul!  

We love the markings on his face, hence the nickname Batman.   Bruce Wayne might be missing a leg but what he lacks in legs he makes up with his big heart. Bruce is one laid back dog, who easily adjusted to his new rescue. He has become one of our favorites and has become best friends with our other laid back 3 legged hound Hobo. A great dog, not too vocal, great in the car, housebroken, and settles easy,  not much more to say about this dog, so happy he made it here, don’t miss out on "Batman",  he will be a great life companion to any family!  He stayed at the vet office for over 2 weeks, and they absolutely fell in love with him, and happy for him. Another beautiful sweet hound ready to find his family.

PWD Angel

Thank you to Oksana Ivanova
for being Bruce's angel!

Finally,  our sweet Greta,  now Jenna, has got her own home with her own fur mom. A perfect match for a person who wanted a little company  and wanted to rescue! So happy for Jenna,  besides lots of new toys to play  with (she was quite a toy hoarder here at PWD)  she also LOVES to watch the squirrels and deer at her new patio window!  She now goes on morning, afternoon, and evening walks with her new fur mom and they have met all sorts of new people and pups.   Her fur mom told me  "She is doing great, so smart, she likes to stay up a little longer than I, but we are still  getting used to each other's routine!   Thank you PWD"

Name:  Greta
Age:  7 years old
Disability:  Being a skinny  black dog in an overcrowded shelter.  She needed some minor vetting that we are taking care of
Breed/Weight:  Terrier/retriever  mix, 30 pounds.
History:  Greta was stray found in southern Maryland.   
Finally Greta's fate turned last week and timing was perfect.  I went to visit a stray blind dog at our local shelter and Greta happened to be out in the rescue yard  being walked by a friend/volunteer. I asked about her and the volunteer explained she had been there for over 4 months being overlooked by many, she was one of the only dogs NOT adopted during the "clear the shelter day."  Although not technically disabled, I could tell she needed some good vetting and to gain some weight.  She needed out and she made it quite clear - she did not want to be return to her cell, her brakes were on.  I decided to step up for her and am so happy we did. 

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

Our Lizzy, crawled right in her foster mom's heart, and has become  a permanent family member. Lizzy will be enjoying her new life with a local couple who adore  her! Her day's of neglect are far gone now! 

A note from  her adopters  "We are all chilling here with Lizzy on my lap,  I loved Lizzy from the moment you got her out of the shelter, she is a perfect fit for my family, thank you PWD for saving her life and getting her to better one!"  

AND.  thank you for opening your heart to our feisty independent girl.

Name:  Lizzy
Age: 7 years old
Disability:  Sight and hearing impaired
Breed/Weight: Shih Tzu, 15 pounds

History: Lizzy was a stray, and taken to our local shelter. A very neglected dog that needed help fast.

When we rescued Lizzy she was in desperate need of vetting and grooming,  she was matted, and she had untreated skin, ear, and eye infections. In  just a few short weeks we have seen a big difference in her physically and mentally. It's amazing what vetting and grooming can do to make a pup feel better.  She is very good with dogs, but does seem to have an independent confident spirit.  Her trust in humans is getting better too, but this will take some time is definitely better. I think she knows she is safe now and she is feeling better. She enjoys being outside in small doses but seems to like snuggling on her bed the most.

Daisy adopted! Our sweet girl's life has now come full circle. Thanks to many caring people, from the vet office, (who refused to put her to sleep) to the advocacy group who contacted us, and then finally to us. A young local woman completely fell in love with her playful fun energy and kind soul!

An update from her adopter, "We are doing great, and she is awesome!" Daisy will be living locally, with her fur sister Muffin.

Name: Daisy
Age: 3 years
Disability:  3 legged
Breed/Weight:  Lab/Boxer mix, 50 pounds
History:  Daisy was hit by a car her and family elected to put her to sleep. Luckily before that happened, they were asked to surrender her to the vet office, and they did.  Daisy then received all necessary medical care, and the vet reached out to us.
We are so happy the vet intervene before it was too late for this sweet dog.  What an incredibly sweet fun dog!! Her zest for life and having fun is contagious, we love to watch her play and run with the others. She knows she got a 2nd chance at life and she is loving every minute. Daisy is good with cats, kids and she loves to play with toys and keeps up with all her new 4 legged friends with ease, she is also great on lead. Another great 3 legged pup! She is quiet when inside and has settled into her new routine with ease. We are happy to have her with as she waits her FOREVER family. Not much more to say about this pup, she will be a  great life companion to any family! 

Stella has been adopted!   Our sweet girl is now sharing her sweet  heart with 6 cats, Maggie, another rescue dog, and a very rescue friendly human. Last night received a sweet update from her new fur mom,  "Stella is enjoying her new life in WV with 6 cat sisters and Mama 'Laurie'.  Stella has dog friends nearby who come visit but right now she loves spending all her time with me and her new fur family.  Stella  loves cuddling in bed with her human Mom and can be a 'bed hog' at times.  Her adjustment to her new forever home has been fairly rapid and she has adjusted well,  as you mentioned not great on lead, but we are working on this daily!"    I love her and she has fit right in with my family,  so happy to be a part of the PWD family now,  thank you"

Age:  5 ½  Years old
Disability:  Congenital skull malformation
Breed/Weight: Dachshund/Doberman mix,  40 lbs.

History: Originally Stella was a stray at our local shelter, her person came to claim her, but decided she was not worth it, and the shelter was quite happy about that decision.  Stella has a wobbly gait but this does not deter her ability to walk and run, she does great.  She is actually pretty amazing and cute to watch. 

Stella was adopted 5 years ago and finds herself needing help from PWD again, due to the failing health of her fur mom. Stella came back to PWD a little confused about the transition - initially fearful and scared.  After a day or two until she finally realized she was back where her "good" life had begun. Stella is now feeling more comfortable and gaining confidence daily.  She enjoys her toys and a comfy  bed. She is a lovable mix, who will certainly melt your heart when you meet her. She loves and needs the company of other dogs and cats. In her former home, the cats were her best friends, they would cuddle together. So cute! Stella is a sweet girl looking for a new person and fur friends to spend the rest of her life.  

Rusty has had a fantastic month he can NOW see and NOW has a forever home! After a long and successful recuperation, Rusty crept right into his foster mom's (and dads') hearts, they can't bear to let him go now! Rusty, will be living locally, with his big sister Raven, they too have formed a great canine friendship. Thank you Terri and Craig for helping PWD with Rusty's intense surgery and for giving this boy a loving forever home!

Name:  Rusty
Age:  1 year
Disability:  Sight impaired
Breed/Weight:  Schnauzer/doxy mix   12 lbs.

History: Rusty was an owner give up and landed in our local shelter. Another very neglected small dog that needed help fast.

When we rescued Rusty he was in desperate need of vetting and grooming, he was matted and flea ridden. Besides being super cute, Rusty has your typical Schnauzer temperament. He is a funny little guy,who exemplifies all the great characteristics of the breed, intelligent, fearless, super loyal, very loving, super sweet, very obedient, settles quickly and just downright charming. All who meet him fall in love!

Next week  Rusty has an appointment with our eye specialist. We are hoping he might be a candidate to have his young cataracts removed.  We will post a Rusty update after his appointment. All of his regular routine vetting has been done along with his very first grooming and he is looking and doing great!  Rusty is currently in a foster home, and doing well with family and fur family. 


CJ now Edith went home! Edith went from rural West Virginia to the big city life, of Washington DC. Here is a great update on Edith from her new fur moms, “Carmen and I adopted Edith (originally CJ) about two weeks ago. Since we’ve brought her home, she’s been adjusting well to the city noises and is becoming a master at walking on a leash. Edith has added a whole new dynamic in our home, bringing lots of love and kisses with her from Pets with Disabilities. We’re incredibly fortunate to have found such a sweet pup from an amazing rescue. We are honored to be her forever family and can’t wait to take her on all of our adventures.” A big thank you to these woman for giving a Edith a new lease on life!

Name:  CJ  (Calamity Jane)
Age:   2 years old
Disability:  Lost right ear thru trauma
Breed/Weight:  Beagle/Doxie mix,  33 pounds

History:  CJ  was running loose for weeks, with a  "hole in her head" from a gunshot wound.  She was caught and brought to a rural West Virginia shelter.  Thankfully one of our rescue advocates stepped up for her.  Unfortunately her right ear  could not be save,  CJ was able to rest and recuperate at her vet office, where they  fell in love with her.

CJ's fan club is thrilled  that she is finally moving on to her new life, here is what her foster mom had to say about this sweet survivor, "If you want a fun loving active goofy dog, CJ is your ticket! While she was shot in the head last October and lost her ear and some hearing - this girl bears no ill will towards anyone.  CJ just wants to show folks everything she is able to do!  She gets along with cats, dogs, is housebroken, great in the car and leached trained  CJ has the energy of a puppy, but not in a destructive way and her favorite thing to do is to run and play - both inside and outside.  Loves to play fetch,  and will bring ball and sticks back to you. She is good at quiet time, and we feel she would be great with children.  CJ also loves belly rubs."

Thank you to all who got CJ to safety and the wonderful vet office that got her healthy again.  

Chessy now Cleo, has been adopted to a wonderful family right here in southern Maryland! As you can see from the pictures she has made herself right at home! A quick update from her busy family, "Cleo is doing very well, and has adjusted nicely to her new home, and Sable, if finally warming up to her!"

Name:  Chessie
Age: 1-2 years old
Disability:  3 legged

Breed/Weight:  Retriever/ Shepherd mix, petite 35 pounds

History:  Chessie was running loose for weeks if not months with a bad leg, finally she was caught and brought to  a rural West Virginia shelter.  Thankfully, one of our rescue advocates stepped up for her. Unfortunately her leg could not be saved and had to be amputated. Chessie was able to rest and recuperate at her vet office, (where they too fell in love with her) she was then  transported to PWD. 

Chessie arrived and is doing fantastic! Besides being beautiful, she is extremely smart, sweet, and extremely playful. She has settled nicely and finally feels safe! Her zest for life and having fun is contagious, we love to watch her play and run with the others. Chessie is good with kids and loves to play with toys. We play with the Chuckit toy everyday with her and she loves it! A tennis ball and a Chuckit, might be a great idea for a potential adopter for her! She keeps up with all her new 4 legged friends with ease, and is actually quite quick on 3 legs!

She is quiet when inside, house trained,  and has settled into her new routine with ease.  We are so  happy to have her with us as she waits for her FOREVER family. She will be a  great life companion to any active family. A fenced in area with another active dog would be perfect for Chessie.


Romeo found his fun family! Romeo has joined a young active family, which has suited his personality perfect! We are so happy for this boy! Romeo and his new fur brother Brooks are in constant play mode, like 2 little kids that are best friends! A nice update from his new family. " Romeo is doing great. He has settled in nicely and absolutely loves being around Brooke and all of us. He goes step for step with me by my side, all day. Love that little guy. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to Romeo what a wonderful addition to our family."

Name: Romeo
Age:  1 year old
Disability: Missing right eye
Breed/Weight: A very happy hound

History:  Romeo was a stray, his family never came back to reclaim him, so one of our advocacy groups stepped up for him and called us. We have enjoyed working with this group in West Virginia and the dogs we have rescued from them have been in one word "awesome" dogs, and Romeo is no different.

What an incredibly sweet fun dog, he will greet you with a huge hound hug and kisses hence his new name Romeo. When he arrived at PWD we knew without a doubt his right eye needed to be removed, and our eye specialist concurred with our decision.  Romeo had surgery this week and is recuperating with ease, like nothing happened. We are not sure if he injured his eye or he was born like this, we should know for sure after when the biopsy report comes back, but  his surgeon believes he was most likely born this crazy looking eye ball.  

His foster family, sent us a little bit about their experience with this lovable guy, "Romeo quickly became a FAVORITE FOSTER in our home!  We all loved him.  (Initially I was apprehensive about fostering a hound, he was a puppy, who would chew and howl all night)  This was NOT the case at all. I quickly established a great routine and he settled right in. He barely made a noise unless he had to go out to potty or time to eat. He loved to run in our fence in back yard and also loved walks in our city park. Romeo is a quick study and learn things very quickly. He loves other everyone and other dogs, one day we came across a smaller dog and he got down on his stomach being submissive to the pup 1/2 his size.  So sweet! "

As Romeo has settled in at the rescue, we agree with all of his foster mom's assessments of him! Romeo loves to romp, play, run and wrestle, he is good in the car and has learned some basic commands quickly, sit, and will give you his paw. We think he would do great in any any active home, a fenced in area with a dog sibling close to his age. 

Our sweet Knoll now Jasper has been adopted to a kind and patient person in our area, he could not have chosen a better person, to help him overcome his many fears. She works with him daily introducing him slowly but surely to his new life, as long as she is with him, he is a happy pup! As you can tell by her latest update she is head over heels in love with him too! A match made in heaven.

":paw prints across my heart ~ this *very special* little dog astounds and inspires me daily with his extraordinary spirit, courage and fortitude. He's progressed so much - in EVERY arena - and I'm uber proud and grateful for the privilege of serving as his new Mom. He's slowly learning to TRUST again and making new friends (human and animal!) in the neighborhood. EVERYONE who meets him falls in love instantly. Super chill, easy-going, and will do just about anything I ask of him - despite any pain or fear he may be experiencing at the time.

He loves and appreciates every tiny little thing about actually having a HOME to call his own. His bones (rawhide), blankets, beds, kennels...his MOMMY :) He genuinely enjoys watching "Dog TV" on my computer when I have to go out. . It breaks my heart when he cowers in fear. But I have great HOPE and FAITH that - with consistent patience and loving kindness - one day at a time, one moment at a time - I can help to build new (and improved!) memories to replace the old. And, I will serve as his sentinel."

A big thank you to his foster parents, Kathy and Jim, who first got him thru his heartworm treatment, and most importantly showed him humans can be kind too!

Name:  Knoll Age:  5 years old Disability:  Knoll suffered a trauma to his right side, causing him to have a funny little gait in his step, he definitely handles his injury very well.   Breed/Weight: A cute Beagle, 17 pounds

History:  Knoll was found as an injured stray and taken to a Virginia shelter. Thankfully one of our rescue friends stepped up for him and got him to the safety of PWD.

When Knoll arrived at PWD, we discovered he was very shy and a bit fearful of humans. We wanted him to find a great foster home that could nurture him and help him discover the comforts of home and learn that humans are pretty cool! He found some GREAT humans.   Here is what his foster mom has to say about this boy...  "Knoll, a true country gentleman.  He is a sweet guy who is with us in foster care and is now receiving some way overdue medical attention and human kindness.  He is shy, gentle, and just as charming as a warm winter day, like today. Since coming to live with us in foster care he has made so much progress. He is good with other dogs, cats & people. He is shy yet friendly, a little timid yet bold and he is curious and cute. Keep your eye on this prize if you're interested in giving him a forever home. He's a good eater, housebroken, however, we make sure he is in his crate when we are not home as he is still in discovery mode.  He likes gentle voices, soft pets, back scratches, treats and toys.  He loves to be outdoors but prefers to be with his family - indoors or out. If I had to describe him with one word, it would be "easy".  He isn't high maintenance and just wants a warm and loving home. This little guy is going to make someone very happy." 

We will keep you posted  and updated on his medical progress. He has still has to undergo heartworm treatment in March and April. In the meanwhile, we ARE taking applications on Knoll. A big thank you to Kathy and Jim for helping Knoll with his new journey in life, and it won't be hunting.

Nick has been adopted!    A note from his adopters!  "Nick is awesome, we call him the Wonder dog.   He loves to eat and sleep with Kole!  He so kind,  he waits patiently for his old fur brother Kole on our walks, then we drop off Kole and Nick goes the speed he wants.  Nick has adjusted so quickly and has settled in.   We are thrilled that he and kole get along so great and he loves the kids.   Thank you  PWD!"

Name:  Nick
Age: 4 years old
Disability:  3 legged
Breed/Weight:  Lab/ Rottie Mix - 40 pounds

History: Three years ago, Nick was hit by a car and suffered severe trauma to his right front leg. The local Georgia police arrive on scene and not knowing what to do, they call one of our local rescue advocacy groups. They picked him up and got him to the vet. He was a complete gentleman and so happy to receive human help. The group contacted us and we took him into our rescue after recovery.

Nick was adopted quickly by a wonderful family, about 3 years ago.  Unfortunately, due to family illness Nick had to be return to the safety of our rescue. He came back pretty much where he left off 3 years ago, just  bit older and wiser. He is a happy go lucky boy and has met some new canine friends. He is very playful and when time it's time to come in he quietly settles on his bed. Nick has the alertness and loyalty of a rottie, comes in quickly when called, housebroken, and loves to be around people. He would do great as an only dog or with some playful fun dogs! He is a sweet dog ready to share his 3 legged spirit with another  family.

Oliver didn’t need to stay with us to long as his person came quick and what a perfect match! Our latest update from a Oliver's new fur mom, "Since coming home two weeks ago, Ollie has been a constant source of joy and humor. When he isn't running and wrestling with his new four legged friends, Ollie is most likely found snuggled up in the bed surrounded by his toys. Ollie is such a big fan of the bed that he often takes food from his bowl in the kitchen and brings it to the bed to eat.

While still shy around new people, Ollie is getting used to making new friends. It's a good thing too as everyone we pass wants to stop and say hello to the blue eyed beauty. He's become a bit of a celebrity in the neighborhood. On all our walks neighbors wave and greet him by name from their porches.

I couldn't have asked for a better addition to my family. This sweet lovable little man is just the most perfect pup (even my cat, Rusty, can't deny it). Many thanks to PWD for allowing me to be a part of his life."

Name:  Oliver
Age: 3 years old
Weight: 35 pounds
Disability:  One eye dog,  lost his eye thru trauma
History:   Oliver was surrendered to the shelter by his family, they did not have enough time and could not afford his much needed vet care.  Oliver was saved by our rescue partners in Georgia and after some much needed TLC and vet care he was safely transport by Martha's Mutts. 
Here is a little of what his foster mom had to say about this handsome  pup, "Oliver is a wonderful boy, he is quiet calm, a little cautious at first, but really enjoys playing with other dogs and are discovering people are pretty cool too."   Oliver was one of the easiest dogs I have ever fostered,  just an all-round good natured dog.   He will be a great companion dog to any family."
Oliver is doing awesome at PWD.  He loves all his new canine friends and is loving the new people in his life.   Another beautiful sweet hound mix that is ready to find his forever home.  Who wouldn't  want that beautiful striking blue eye winking at you 24/7.    

The rough part of Blue's journey thru life has finally ended. Blue has hit the lottery of homes with these 2 great guys! After agreeing to foster Blue, within a day they wanted to make him a permanent member of their family. Wahoo for Blue! Blue will be enjoying his new life locally, and has fit right in with his new canine family. Thank you to everyone who took part in rescuing and caring for this scared little guy, he is quite a survivor and had a huge will to live and get himself to a better life and he sure did! A big heartfelt thank you to these adopters for opening up their heart and home to another dog in need , and we might add their third PWD pup.

Name:  Blue aka (Boo Boo)
Age:   3 years
Weight:   Beagle mix, 20 lbs.
Disability:  Broken jaw that healed incorrectly,  unfortunately an old injury could not be repaired.   

History: Blue had been running lose for years injured,  he was finally captured and needed a lot of medical care and human kindness. He has since received both, but still a bit shy with humans, but getting much better! 

From his foster mom, "Blue has been one of the most enjoyable foster dogs I have ever had.  Seeing him learn that the world is not a scary place is simply the best.  He looks at everything with caution but also with such curiosity and happiness.  He loves to play with all the dogs in the home.  He is at his happiness when playing with his friends.  He doesn’t have a mean bone in his body.  He also has no problem telling you when he wants love.  He will paw at you or jump up and ask for kisses and a good face rub.  He loves his face and neck scratched, especially under his jaw.  Because of his jaw injury, he does make quite a mess after drinking water and sometimes when eating.  He also tends to slobber and drool at times so it isn’t unusual to see his little puddles on the floor.  Blue requires a little extra care with cleaning up after him, but he will make it worth the effort.  Because Blue had to be caught after running loose for so long on his own, I always handle him as if he is a flight risk, taking precautions in never letting him loose. Blue is completely housetrained and will stand at the door when he wants to go outside.  At night, Blue will generally start the night by sleeping on a dog bed on the floor.  Usually by morning, he will be curled up next to me in bed.  Sometimes he will even wake me up with a big wet sloppy kiss!  Blue recently discovered his love of toys.  He isn’t always able to get them into his mouth but that doesn’t stop him from trying.  Blue is looking for a home that will provide him with love, happiness and security.  He deserves it after living such a hard life for so very long. "

Blue is definitely a survivor and so deserves a loving  and trusting home for the remainder of his life, needless to say he has touched many hearts! Blue will need a secure fence and plenty of furry friends, he loves being  around playful dogs, big pups, small pups  he loves them all! Blue has touched many hearts and quite frankly his tongue hanging down just adds to his cuteness. 

Kudos to this heartfelt adopter, who took the time to meet Ella at our cardiologist office,  where she was diagnosed with heart disease.   That did not deter this woman,   Ella won her heart that day!  Ella will be treated with kindness, love and respect for the remainder of her life.      A note from her adopter,  "Ella was rescued from such a neglectful life, it was surprising she could ever trust people again, but she has the most loving spirit and wants to be everyone's friend.   She is so smart and playful even at her age.  She is the perfect companion for Bee, (her fellow PWD adopter) and me.   

Name:  Ella
Age: 6-7 years old
Weight:  42 lbs.
Disability: Moderate valve disease, she will need a nice quite low energy home.   History:  Ella was in the right place at the right time! She came into the our local shelter as a seizure neglect case and we could not let her stay there.  Definitely over-bred, skin, ear and eye infections.  As soon as Ella was rescued we knew her first trip was to our vet. After examination, they loaded her up on all sorts of meds and medicated baths to provide with some much needed relief and to help her feel more comfortable.  After a good month of TLC, she looks GREAT and we are sure she feels like a completely different pup.  Thru all her of her neglectful past, Ella really is one of the sweetest dogs. She does fantastic with dogs, cats, and humans.  She can get into a little mischief - she discovered our toy bin and oh boy she had a field day, LOL.  (We all think she never really had a puppy-hood.)   Everyone she meets all say "what a sweetheart." We love to see transformations here at PWD and Ella is definitely another success story.
Unfortunately due to Ella's neglectful life and age, she does have mild heart disease.  She will be on medication for the remainder of her life to manage this and while require a calmer home with light activity. 

Izzy and Pete became good friends here and a great pair, and thankfully  this young couple agreed! 

Izzy and Pete have been adopted together,  and remain a great pair together!   Izzy still a young pup and Pete  has been a  great influence on her.   The duo  will be living locally and their new fur mom has a dog walking and  in home dog sitting business so Izzy will have lots of new friends to play with as Pete enjoys watching the energy from his sofa! 

Last update from her new fur mom  "  Izzy and Pete  are  doing great!    Izzy is responding  to our positive training sessions,  (she is a smart dog)  and Pete's back legs continue to get stronger, they really are the perfect big brother and little sister team."

Thank you PWD!

Name:   Izzy
Age:  2 years old
Disability:   Broken rear femur,  surgically corrected
Breed/Weight:  Yellow Labrador

History:  Izzy had a traumatic fall which resulted in a severe break in her back leg.  Her family had only 2 choices - to euthanize her or find a rescue to handle her urgent medical needs. They reached out to PWD for help, and Izzy was in surgery the next day! Surgery was a success and Izzy's rehab and recuperation has been successful. She is now up for adoption to a lab loving family! 

From Izzy's foster mom, " Izzy is a beautiful Labrador Retriever who loves attention and spending time with her foster family.  Currently, she is in a home with older children, a dog, cat and guinea pig.  Izzy knows a few basic commands such as sit and down and is currently working with a trainer to gain more manners.  She is very food motivated, smart and eager to please, which is making training a breeze.  Izzy would do well in a home that has another dog. Due to her energy and lab playfulness, older children might be best.  Currently, she sleeps on a pet bed at night, is crated during day and has had no accidents in the house.  To help regain the strength in her leg, Izzy is being walked twice a day.  In only a short period of time, exercise has helped tremendously and she is walking better every day.  Another recent discovery is that she loves the water and swimming.  This has been a great way to release some of her energy and another form of therapy for her leg."

Izzy is back at PWD and now has more freedom to enjoy playing and running with the young pack of pups here!  She settles nicely in her apartment, but when she hears humans she definitely get excited! An experienced lab family would be great for her as she does exhibit young energetic Labrador antics.  She would also love a playful friend.

Name: Pete
Age:    6 -7 years old
Disability:   Luxating patella's,  surgically corrected
Breed/Weight: Shepherd/retriever mix, 45 pounds.

History:  We rescued Pete from a local Maryland shelter. He was found as a stray. Pete had been suffering for years with a very painful abnormal gait. Luckily he landed at the shelter and was able to get to PWD. It has been a long haul for this boy, 2 corrective surgeries, crate rest and leash walking have been his way of life for the last few months, (he has been an incredible patient) We are now seeing the light at the end of this long journey. We all feel  Pete is ready to find that special person to help him continue with his surgical success. His orthopedic team noted "he seems so happy now and is definitely a lot more comfortable!"

Pete is true  survivor. Dealing with painful back legs for his entire life, you would think he would be a grumpy pup, but not Pete, he is a kind easy going soul. He loves life, is great with dogs, and loves the company of people. Pete is awesome on lead and would love to go on walks with his new family. His  beautiful blond coat is a perfect match for his radiant personality. He is a smart pup, follows directions very well, his tail always wagging. Pete will fit into any home and become one loyal friend. 


Our bonded and very shy pair Lucy and Ricky along with the Charm have been adopted together and are doing great in their new home. They will live locally and have joined anther PWD alum Katie. We are happy to receive regular updates on these pups, since all three spent a lot of time with us at the rescue, From their adopters "Lucy and Ricky are finally getting a little bolder in our home, sometimes, then back to a their shyness, but all in all we did not expect them to do so well so fast, we do think having the confidence of Charm here it has really the transition. They are all have a great time together." There are no words to described how grateful we are to this family. Three dogs that were with us for a very long time finally got their homecoming day, and Lucy and Ricky are forever together, and Charm keeps them all in line! Thank you!!

Names: LUCY and RICKY
Age: 1 year old dogs
Disability: Congenital hip abnormalities, NO surgery is needed per our orthopedic veterinarian.
Breed/Weight:  Hound Mix's,  45 pounds

History: These 2 young dogs were found in a  cardboard box outside a vet office with cigarette burns, shunned by many for adoption, their home was the vets office in their outside kennels. Finally, a young woman reached out to us for help. Lucy and Ricky were in desperate need for a new beginning and we answered the call. They have been thru the worst - now the best is here and yet to come.

We call these 2 our dynamic duo, 2 peas in a pod, they are totally connected and love the companionship of one another. We can not separate them after spending time with them - they are a true bonded pair.  They play together, sleep together and don’t even mind sharing food bowls. When they are out playing they will search each other out, when they become separated. They are playful and fun and sweet dogs. Come meet them and see for yourself.

Every night we look out our cameras and see them sleeping on the same bed always touching one another, they truly are connected to one another.

Millie's finally found her family, and wow, is she ever loved more than ever! From her adopter, "Millie has brought so much joy, love and laughter into our family! She's the greatest snuggler dog ever! When she's not showing her exuberant affection, she's making us laugh with her goofy antics constantly. She loves jumping into everyone's beds, running with our other dog, Duke outside, playing with her many toys and bones, flopping over on her back and performing an amazing upside down kick boxing routine and snoozing in the sun. We can't imagine what we ever did without her - she is truly an amazing little lady!"

We miss you her at PWD, we too had lots of smiles and laughs with Millie's zest for life! Now she gets to share her love with a big family who truly appreciates her heart.

Name:  Millie
Age: 6 years old
Weight:  50 pounds
Disability: Although not physically disabled, this dog needed help, being an over bred Pitbull in an overcrowded shelter, her future was doomed.    

History: Millie was found as a stray back in 2014, but her "owner" came back and retrieved her. We can only guess they still needed her for breeding, but now that her breading days are over she was relinquished to the shelter  needing medical care. She reminded us of our resident dog Charlotte, her eyes look sad but gentle, we couldn’t leave the shelter without her.

Eyes don’t deceive, and these pictures say it all! Millie has a phenomenal temperament, great with dogs, great with people, housebroken, she has a calm gentle demeanor, and she LOVES car rides and loves to cuddle in a nice big dog bed! She is a character and makes us smile every day.  Millie has been to our vet and is  now on a variety of medications for her skin,  her skin has improved is just a few days. Millie is ready to share her life with a new family. 

UPDATE: Millie was a "HIT" at our recent Open House.  She spent most of the day meeting ALL the visiting dogs and getting so much love from the people.  She brought a smile to every face that met her.  She is a very special dog.  Millie could potentially be a therapy dog and definitely a fabulous ambassador for the breed.

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Thank you Rosalie Buck for being an angel for Millie

These past holidays were the best for Jillian, she not only receive a new name Jo Jo, a new comfy bed, and finally a loving forever home! JoJo will be living locally with another rescue dog named Rosco and a feline named Buddy. A big heartfelt thank you to this kind person who came back to PWD for a 2nd pup! How we love return adopters.

Name:   Jillian
Age:  3 years old
Weight:  60 lbs.
Disability:  blind
History:   Jillian was found as a stray in rural North Carolina.Talk about divine intervention, Jillian was found lying on the roadside right next a church on a hot Sunday morning.  It was over 100 degrees when a kind couple came to her rescue. They offered her some water and soon realize she was blind. This couple became her first angel, they waited over 2 hours for their local animal control to come get her to the safety of their local shelter. This couple went to visit her weekly, until she was transported to PWD.  The shelter named her "sweet girl"' and we all understand why!

Jillian arrived at PWD and has fit right in. She is a stunningly beautiful dog, inside and outside, easy going, quite, gentle, mild mannered, good on lead.  Jillian would make a great addition to any family, as noted by her first angels  "We will never forget "sweet girl"  She just has a way of making you humble and thankful to be able to see the world around you. She needs you and whether you know or not you need her love."     

Jillian has been evaluated by our eye specialist, and is now under her care.  She is receiving eye drops and meds, and will undergo further diagnostic testing  next week to see if she might be a candidate for cataract surgery to regain her sight. We will keep you updated!

UPDATE: Jillian was a wonderful ambassador for all our blind dogs at our recent open house. She spent most of the day meeting people and all the visiting dogs. She is very good on leash and enjoys a good trail walk at the rescue.  She is a young energetic dog - very connected to her people.

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Thank you Rosalie Buck for being an angel for Jillian

Our goofy fun Dean finally found his forever home and she is over the moon in love with her new boy!  

"I really feel so blessed to have gotten Dean, he is such a great dog!  He and Missy get along like they have been together for years. I couldn’t of ask for anything better!  Oh forgot to mention, Dean is one big couch potato!" 

We just love happy endings!! 

Name:  Dean
Age:  6 years old
Weight: 50 pounds
Disability:  blind

History: Dean was surrendered to our local shelter, blind, dirty and frightened. (We had to carry him out of the shelter)

Dean went straight to the groomer for his much needed spa treatment. As soon as he landed his paws on the grounds of PWD, he was one tail wagging hunk of love, and we swear his tail has NOT quit wagging.  He knows he is in the hands of people who care. What an unreal transformation in just 24 hours of him being rescued. Dean exhibits all the great characteristics of America's favorite breed, the Labrador.  He is easy going, smart, happy, and just fantastic around other dogs. He has a TON of energy and would do best with a very active family. He absolutely loves life and is so happy he has escaped  the 24/7 outside living because he so enjoys the comforts of inside living!!

Dean has been evaluated by our eye specialist, unfortunately his eye problems are genetic. He will remain his bright bubbly self, exploring his world thru his sense of touch and smell.  He is the sweetest dog, ready to move on to his new life! Dean requires a fenced yard and would love an energetic canine friend.

Meseda's skin graft surgery was a huge success,  not only did she finally get her nasty wound closed for good,  she got a forever home during the healing process,  with her foster family.

They fell in love with her kind and gentle heart.  Meseda will spend her golden years locally,  no more pain, no more meds, no more daily wrappings,  life is finally great for this older gal!  Masada will be spending time with another PWD pup, Pippen, and her new feline friend.   

A big thank you to this couple who opened their hearts to help a dog who had extreme medical conditions. 

Age: 8 years old
Disability: burn victim
Breed/Weight:  Mix breed,  50 pounds
MESEDA- 8 yrs old, came with an open acid burn on her side. Requires daily cleaning and months of healing. UPDATE: Meseda's skin burn continues to improve daily, she has been a great patient (very tolerant and kind) with her daily cleaning and bandage changes

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Thank you Rosalie Buck for being an angel for Meseda

These sisters waited and waited for us to find the perfect PWD pup that would fit into their lifestyle and home. I think their wait certainly paid off for all but especially for Eugene, now Theo! A big thank you to these 2 young woman who waited patiently as we address all of Theo's, medical needs. I received this recent update from his adopters, sounds like he has adjusted quite well to being top dog now!

Theodore Johnston Eugene, affectionately named “Theo” or “Beansley,” is the light of our lives. He loves getting brushed, daytime naps, walks in the neighborhood, commandeering any and all comfortable surfaces in the house, and most of all snuggles. He is the king of snuggles. You’ll seldom find him without the company of his ice cream plush or koala stuffie and his tail a waggin’. In his spare time, he enjoys “watching” Air Bud, 101 Dalmatians, and Beverly Hills Chihuahuas. Once a reserved pup in need of love, he has blossomed into a playful, joyous, loyal and loving member of our family. Although an amateur pizza thief, Theo has successfully stolen our hearts. We can all learn a lesson from our little blind boy. From the wise words of Antoine de Saint-Exupery, “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”

Name:  Eugene
Age: 4 years old
Disability:  Blind  and Heartworm positive
Breed/Weight:   Lab mix  45 lbs.

Eugene was rescued from a hording eviction case in rural North Carolina.  Being a black blind dog with HW,  in a rural shelter, his chances were slim to none. We stepped up and Eugene is now safe and here at PWD getting all his necessary vet care. Eugene's  Heart worm treatment is almost completed and he will be ready to find his forever home.

Eugene has been a very quiet easy going dog. He is house trained, leash trained, cat friendly and a  great car rider. He loves human attention but is absolutely fine chilling on his own with a big knucklebone.

Fate would have it for this great pup! When Brownie arrived at PWD, the shelter alerted us on possible heart problems. During his  cardiology appointment, 2 good things happened, NO heart issues, and he will live a long and happy life and 2 his vet tech, fell in LOVE with his kind temperament!   Brownie now renamed Walter, is living a great life with this Maryland couple, and a bunch of rescue cats! "He is doing so well, we love him so much! He  enjoys his evening walks and meeting and greeting new people, he is the perfect dog!" 

Name:  Brownie
Age:  7 years old
Disability: 3 legged,  deformed back leg (no amputation is needed)
Breed/Weight:  Hound mix  45 lbs.

History: Brownie tragically lost both his fur parents and was relinquished to the shelter.

As Brownie waited for his  transport to PWD,  he was foster by a wonderful family who described him in two words, easy going.  "Brownie is a tremendous dog. He doesn't realize he has a disability and is surprisingly fast. He is quite content to lie around and be petted. I can't imagine him not being a good fit with anyone's family. He's great with other dogs and kids!" 

Brownie arrived at PWD last weekend and as well described, he is one easy going, sweet dog ready to share his hound heart with a forever family! 



Sweet Kona, now Ziggys. was adopted into a very active young family! (Ziggy did return briefly to the rescue to have his right hip surgically repaired)  Since then he has returned to his new family and has become a more active and happier puppy!

A note from his  fur mom,  " Since Ziggy came in our lives he has entertained, caused trouble like all puppies, and been a wonderful loving companion.  He loves everyone he meets big and small and will bark at them until they say hello as he feels  everyone should give him love. He has definitely become a mommas boy but he loves and goes to all members of our family.  He has also bonded strongly with our other dog.  From games of tug of war to wrestling to cuddling each other. Ziggy has quickly taken a piece of our hearts and we are forever grateful for adding him as a member of our family."  

Name: Kona
Age:  5 months old
Weight: 25 Lbs.
Disability:  Back end weakness,  needs surgery
Breed: Boxer/terrier mix
History: Kona was a found as a stray and landed in a neighboring shelter.

It's not  very often we have a puppy here, but we couldn’t turn our back on this little guy after the shelter contacted numerous rescues about the plight of this  puppy.  PWD stepped up and got him to safety.

: After several discussions with our orthopedic  specialist about Kona's case, we all came to the agreement that Kona does not need not need surgical intervention now and may never need surgical intervention. 

Kona's gait is little different but his mobility is very good and he is not in pain. We feel he is ready to find her special person to share is sweet spirit with. Kona is a happy well balance mature puppy. He is not destructive, loves his toys, housebroken,  listens well and is extremely dog friendly. He loves to play with others but will settle quietly in his apartment.

Based on Kona's  x-rays he will need a bilateral FHO (femoral head and neck excisions).  Kona will undergo his first surgery beginning of March. Kona is playful, loves attention,  smart, even gives high fives, and is an all-around good puppy! Kona will be with us thru his surgeries and recuperation. We are  definitely accepting applications on this little guy. Video of Kona prior to surgery.

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Thank you Gerald DuRousseau
for being an angel for Kona

Gracelyn, now Roxy, has been adopted by a great couple who  adore their 3 legged pups! Roxy's new brother is also 3 legged! "Roxy is doing great! She has mastered the doggie door and does fairly well going up ad downstairs. Instead of the nice orthopedic bed we got for her she prefers the couch, LOL. Roxy has a lot of personality and is very playful. She and Zeppelin are yard pals and are constantly on squirrel and rabbit patrol, thanks PWD  she is a great addition to our family." 

Name: Gracelyn
Age: 4 years old
Disability: Missing part of her right leg, possible amputation needed
Breed/Weight: Lab Retriever mix 40 lbs.

History. Gracelyn landed at PWD when her family could no longer care for her.

Gracelyn is a very quiet regal easy going dog. She is house trained, leash trained, cat friendly and a great car rider. She loves human attention but is absolutely fine chilling on her own with a big knucklebone. She is a 10 in our book and would be an awesome companion for any family! She was in a foster home for a few weeks, from her foster mom: "We had the opportunity to take care of Gracelyn for a short time. During the time she was in our home we had no problems with her. She found a spot she liked to lay, and she was happy and content. Gracelyn is fine with other dogs, likes to chew on an occasional bone. She did not seem very interested in toys. She loves a big comfy bed, and enjoyed to be massaged under her neck area. We noticed she can be a fearful with loud noises. She loved running in our yard! Gracelyn is good with children and women, she seems to shy away a bit from men. As she got comfortable with my husband she was fine. She is sweet loving dog for a family willing to give her the love she deserves. "

Rosie has been adopted.  This family returned to PWD to find a hopeful companion for their daughter. We all felt Rosie was up for the task.  And she definitely fit the bill!

What a  great family to adopt  another dog in need but in return Rosie has totally bonded with their daughter! Thank you from all of us at PWD. 

Name:  Rosebud,  aka Rosie
Age: 1-2 years
Weight: 40  lbs.
Disability:  Broken jaw and rear leg,  all healed and no surgical intervention needed
Breed: Hound  mix
History:  Sweet Rosie was adopted out by a GA shelter, but then was abandoned by her family on a dirt road with a couple of her pups. She and her pups were luckily rescued by a good Samaritan, who got her to safety and transported to PWD. Rosie is a very sweet quiet dog here at PWD. Rosy was a bit shy the first few days then  adjusted to her new surroundings and became playful with the other dogs. She is now in a foster home and coming out of her shell even more! She is doing great with children, other dogs and is gaining more and more confidence every day! She would be a great addition to any family!! Welcome to a better life  Rosie!  Hopefully your forever family will be here soon too!

Not so graceful Gracie has officially been ADOPTED!

We are so happy to share the news that she has landed with a wonderful family that connected with her immediately. These two were not afraid of Gracie’s brain abnormalities one bit . She continues to grow and thrive each week learning new things. A BIG congratulations to Gracie and a bigger thank you to her parents for having an open mind and an even bigger heart ❤️ We can’t wait to see what her future holds and will certainly keep in touch.

Here is an update from Gracie’s Mom and Dad: “Gracie has been the most amazing addition to our family. She has the best personality and her spunky energy is infectious. She's enjoyed chasing our other dog, Mya, around the yard and playing tug of war. When she's not running circles around the house, you might find her sprawled out at our feet or curled up on her "moms" lap. We are forever grateful for finding PWD and for them taking a chance and allowing us to foster this little one, who is now part of our family!”

Name:  Gracie
Age:    6 - 7 months old
Disability:  Brain abnormalities
Breed/Weight:   Golden Retriever,  20 lbs.

History: Gracie was relinquished to our local shelter. We got her to our neurologist immediately where imaging was perform on her brain, and numerous brain abnormalities were discovered. Her doctor believes something most likely happened to her in utero. Gracie will not get better,nor will she get worse, and honestly there is no way to predict what she is capable of learning.   

Gracie is an adorable happy young pup. However, due to her complex brain issues, she will need a patient and compassionate person, or an older/mature family (no children under the age of 15) to help her achieve goals, train her in creative ways, and continue learning about her as she gets older. Gracie is a miracle —it takes a few seconds for her to understand what you want her to do, then she finally gets it.   She is amazing to witness. At this point we believe a one level home in a quiet environment would be best for her and someone who has time to work with her. 

She can be placed with  other dogs,  BUT the dogs also must be patient and tolerant of her. She might be best as an only dog, as she gets very stimulated with too much action. Gracie definitely will entertain herself, enjoys human attention, and is slowly  learning  how to socialize with dogs.

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Thank you to Michelle Grimes for being Gracie's angel!

Our young 3 legged hound did not stay too long,  because one of his transporters simply fell in love during the 2 hours she spent with him in the car! Mojo, now Cam, has settle  nicely in his new home in Virginia, with his very  rescue friendly family!  A note from his new fur mom,  " Cam plays hard with his doggie sister and 2 doggie brothers and even licks the cats ears.  Cam loves everyone and the feeling is mutual. He is very treat motivated and his training has been a breeze.  We are so happy that we added him to our family"  Thank you PWD!

(thank you too, for volunteering your time to transport and falling in love with him!)

Name:  Mojo
Age: 7 months old
Weight: 40  lbs.
Disability: 3 legged
Breed: Hound

History: Mojo was seen at dumpster, walking 2 legged.  He was severely injured. He lost one leg and luckily, we were able to fix the other leg. What a traumatic life he has had for only being 6 months old,  severely injured and looking for food.  Mojo was rescued by a kind person who witnessed him by the dumpster, and got him to the vet, when we were contacted. 

Mojo too stayed with a foster home after surgery. His foster mom  noted, "Mojo is a very playful energetic boy. Having a missing front leg does not slow him down. He is a bit clumsy at times (front end gets over balanced) d/t it, but that does not seem to bother him. He is in play mode 75% of the time. He loves for you to through a ball for him and play with stuffed animal with him. He likes chew toys. One of his favorite things to do though is to put his one front leg in your lap, so you can hold and rub his head. He LOVES his head and face rubbed on. He is a little lover. He loves to hug and give kisses. If I had to sum Mojo up in just a few words it would be “Mr. happy go luck”.   He’s always in a good mood." 

Mojo arrived at PWD, and wow, what a great dog. He loves everyone and is great with dogs, cats, children, and adults! Welcome to a better life Mojo! Hopefully your forever family will be here soon too!



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