Education · Support · Rescue · Shelter · Wheelchair Assistance
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
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!"
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.
" 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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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."
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."
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!"
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.
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
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
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.
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!"
Age: 1-2 years
Disability: Minor back leg disability, amputation definitely NOT
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!
Age: 6 months
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.
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.
Age: 8 years
Breed/Weight: Border Collie/ 45 pounds
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.”
is official our sweet Pepper, has been adopted! Yesterday we received a
wonderful sweet update from her fur mom!
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
sometime soon. I am a therapist, and she accompanies me to most of my
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
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!"
Age: 2 years old
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
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!
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
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
Polly just arrived and will know more about
her personality as she spends time here.
Polly was heart worm positive and has been treated.
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.
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:
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 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
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.
"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!!
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
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
" 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.
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
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!"
Age: 1 - 2 years
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
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
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!"
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
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.
Thank you to
for being Bruce's angel!
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"
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
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
thank you for opening your heart to our feisty independent girl.
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.
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
An update from her adopter, "We are
doing great, and she is awesome!" Daisy will be living locally, with her
fur sister Muffin.
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!
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,
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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."
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
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
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
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.
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!"
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.
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."
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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
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.
LUCY AND RICKY find a home TOGETHER!!
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
Names: LUCY and RICKY
Age: 1 year old dogs
Disability: Congenital hip abnormalities, NO surgery is needed per our
Breed/Weight: Hound Mix's, 45 pounds
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Rosalie Buck for being an angel for
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.
Age: 3 years old
Weight: 60 lbs.
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
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.
Rosalie Buck for being an angel for
goofy fun Dean finally found his forever home and she is over the
moon in love with her new boy!
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!"
love happy endings!!
Age: 6 years old
Weight: 50 pounds
History: Dean was surrendered to our local shelter, blind, dirty
and frightened. (We had to carry him out of the shelter)
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
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
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
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
Rosalie Buck for being an angel for
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.”
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
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
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!"
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
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."
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
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
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.
for being an angel for
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
Age: 4 years old
Disability: Missing part of her right leg, possible amputation needed
Breed/Weight: Lab Retriever mix 40 lbs.
Gracelyn landed at PWD when her family could no longer care for her.
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. "
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.
Rosebud, aka Rosie
Age: 1-2 years
Weight: 40 lbs.
Disability: Broken jaw and rear leg, all healed and no surgical
Breed: Hound mix
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!
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!”
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.
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
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.
Thank you to Michelle
Grimes for being
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!)
Age: 7 months old
Weight: 40 lbs.
Disability: 3 legged
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
Mojo too stayed with a foster home after surgery. His foster mom
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!