All of our dogs at Pets with Disabilities are disabled.  They are the dogs that are overlooked because of “the defect” people see on the outside - people typically aren't willing to take the time to see the wagging tail of the deaf dog chasing the ball across the yard, or the blind dog going up a flight of stairs to get the treat or hug they know is waiting for them, or the 3 legged dog run like the wind with their friends in the joy of living. 

As you read their stories - please consider making a "Heart Connection"  with one or more. 
They each have their own unique gifts of joy and love of life and need your support.


Pets with Disabilities is we are located in Southern Maryland. 
(ie within a 6 hr drive of the rescue)

Please email us for additional information concerning a specific dog - the adoption process will begin with a completed application.



When our rescue colleagues from rural GA reached out to us about a blind and emaciated dog on Thursday, we couldn’t turn our backs on her. She arrived last night and hopefully in the nick of time.

She most definitely needed immediate lifesaving vet care. She started her first day as a PWD rescue pup at Prince Frederick Animal Hospital to get a physical and baseline blood work. Her blood glucose was 700! She is very lethargic and will need to be monitored 24/7 at the moment until her diabetes is under control. After meeting the caring staff at PFAH she was transported and admitted to Dogs and Cats Veterinary Emergency Hospital where she will receive round the clock supportive diabetic care with some of the best doctors and support staff in the area.

She has already grabbed a lot of people’s hearts, and has been a great patient. It’s truly amazing she is still alive!
She does not have much energy but still wags her tail with any little bit of attention she receives. It is so sad to see a dog in such bad shape still wagging their tail.

Ticy has a long road with us and to add to her issues, she is also heartworm positive- a very preventable disease. We hope you can find it in your hearts to make a donation towards her extensive medical care. Thank you and please share for Ticy

Ticy Update! With a little TLC and her blood glucose under control she is finally gaining much needed weight and has pep in her step! She is making great progress! She is an entirely different dog from when she arrived here a month ago. She is getting stronger by the day and a bit more confident in her blindness. Hopefully we will be able to schedule her heartworm treatment soon.

Thank you to all who have sent donations and well wishes her way! She is a sweet and beautiful girl who will make a great addition to any family once she’s 100% ready for adoption.

Will you make a heart connection with Ticy?


Rocky is a 58 lb, 16 month old gorgeous German Shepherd. Rocky has suspected Hip Dysplasia that will be evaluated the first week of June by our Orthopedic Veterinarian.

Rocky spent his first 8 months living outside on a chain, which is why it was no surprise when we found out that he is also Heartworm Positive at his young age- such a preventable disease, but once again here we are…(PSA- please keep up with your monthly Heartgard for your dogs!) We have already started the Heartworm treatment procedure. So he is on his way to testing negative.

Rocky is your typical young shepherd. He is full of energy, intelligent and wants to please. He is super playful so we think he would enjoy another playful pup. He would benefit from obedience training as in his previous life manners is not something he was taught. He is a quick learner so I think with consistency he will do great!

We are looking for a foster/foster-to-adopt home for Rocky that will be able to get him through Heartworm treatment ( which requires crating/keeping quiet/ leash walking for 2 months). Thankfully Rocky walks well on a leash and does great in a crate. We would need this home to be within driving distance to our area for the Heartworm treatment injections and orthopedic follow ups if needed.

If interested, please email Joyce at   Please share Rocky so we can find him the perfect match!

Will you make a heart connection with Rocky?


Katie is an adorable, 4 month old, 20lb. retriever/hound mix. She is adorable and has a personality to match! Katie was struck by a car in rural GA and suffered a broken back leg. The motorist stayed on the scene and became her first earth angel. Apparently, Katie’s former family were trying to get rid of her and said, I will quote them, “ I wish she would have just died!” So the good Samaritan scooped her up and took her home!

She reached out to our rescue partner in GA who then contacted us knowing she needed more medical care and attention than they would be able to provide . A big thank you to that kind woman who stepped up for an innocent puppy. Thanks to her, Katie is going to make a family very very happy and be loved the way she should be. Just looking at her face will bring a smile to you daily!

Katie has been seen by our orthopedic team and her leg is healing. They are hopeful the bone will heal on its own and NO surgical intervention will be needed. She is weight bearing and is not in any pain. This is GREAT news! We are hoping we can find a person or family within driving (maybe about 50ish miles) distance to our rescue to adopt or foster her. Pictures say 1000 words as you can see her personality shining thru! She is a sweet, smart, energetic, typical puppy. She is good with dogs, cats and of course humans! The potential person or family will have to continue her recuperation (another 4 to 5 weeks) along with keeping her social and puppy training.

Will you make a heart connection with Katie?


Frankie is approx 2 years old and 38 pounds. She was found as a stray and landed in a rural kill shelter. Frankie was seen by our Orthopedic Veterinarian. She was diagnosed with an Angular Limb Deformity. This is a bone growth abnormality that causes a limb to grow curved or bowed rather than straight. These deformities occur in young, still-growing dogs, usually after trauma to a growth plate in the leg. Frankie will have her leg amputated April 12, 2022.

This will allow her to live pain free for the rest of her life. She is a young agile dog and will rebound quickly. This sweet pup will be ready in no time to find a family/person to give her a great loving home for the rest of her life! She is good on leash, housebroken, and super smart. We feel as though she would make a great city life dog, or country life. She adjusts well and enjoys romping and playing fetch in the yard, but also enjoys long leash walks.

Frankie seems to enjoy the company of other dogs after a proper introduction. We also think she would do great with children. Frankie will not be placed in a home with cats or other small animals.

Will you make a heart connection with Frankie?

Matt found a Heart Connection with Christina Milford - thank you!

Matt came to us from one of our local shelters. A plea was put out and we answered. Matt was originally found as a stray, unable to use his rear legs. Being a senior, paralyzed dog, his chances of adoption or even rescue were slim.

Mike went right to work taking measurements and fitting him to a wheelchair for his needs. Within hours of arrival, Matt was up and rolling in his new ride! Such a sense of freedom and independence when they realize they can move easy again! There are several medical issues that need to be addressed in the near future. His first stop will be with the general veterinarian this week for a thorough routine physical, skin assessment, urinalysis, and baseline bloodwork. Next will be a visit to the neurologist to see if there is a glimmer hope to getting him on all fours again. Followed by a visit to the orthopedic if deemed necessary for his front leg difficulties.

Our team has already made progress with his skin with routine medicated baths and making sure his area is kept clean and dry. He is enjoying the fresh air and exercise outside and meeting new dog friends at the rescue. Matt is so sweet and appreciative of the love and attention he is getting from everyone around him. He knows he is safe! Please consider making a donation to his continued care. Thank you!

Will you make a heart connection with Matt?


Sadie is a young, 35 pound Boxer/Hound mix. Sadie was relinquished to a vet office after she suffered a severe hip injury. Sadie’s hip surgery was completed and thankfully she has been with an experienced foster home during her recuperation. She is now ready to find her forever home.

A little bit about Sadie from her foster Mom: “She is a typical puppy, sweet, playful rambunctious and very affectionate. She loves to play tug of war, fetch with a tennis ball, and she is also just content chewing on one of her toys and keeping herself occupied. She is great in her crate, quiet, good on lead, loves to people watch, and she is mostly house trained. She is also good with cats! Sadie does get very excited over food, and is a vacuum and should be fed separate from other dogs. We are looking for a dog savvy home for Sadie, no young children, a confident playful dog that will be a good match to Sadie’s playfulness. Ideally a fenced yard but leash walking in also encouraged due to the type of surgery that was performed on her. We know she would LOVE to get on our sofa and cuddle with us, but we have discouraged her since we are uncertain a new home would allow. She is very content lying in her bed, playing with her toys, and watching TV with us. “

Will you make a heart connection with Sadie?

Luc found a Heart Connection with Kaye Moore - thank you!



LUC is a very sweet 2 year old border collie no other rescue would consider. The shelter was concerned with major behavioral issues (OCD, non-aggressive behavior), we decided to give him a second chance since he was on the euthanasia list. He was taken from the shelter to our medical team and they recommended an MRI to rule out any physical reasons for his quirky behavior. The MRI was completed and showed no abnormalities, so Luc was but on some anxiety medications and went to an experienced foster home, to learn how to be a border collie again.

UPDATE: From his 1st foster home – “Luke loves people and gets long with all dogs. He is very sound sensitive, but has found the tennis ball and treats can calm some of the sound worries. I have helped Luke reconnect with his environment. He has learned "tug", can find several toys by name, the tennis ball is the preferred outside toy - he will wait in the border collie stance for many throws - and happily return the ball. He loves his crate and has done well visiting parks and other border collie homes. He's decided cuddling on the couch is also something he can enjoy - and finally made it into the bed at night. We anticipate continued improvement as time goes on easier. I love Luke but I think he needs to move on to the next phase of his life, and a quieter environment.”

Luc is back at PWD and we were very lucky to find another border collie savvy foster who has helped Luke continue to evolve. It has truly taken a village to help Luke, with a behavioral veterinarian and professional trainers both qualified with working dogs and OCD, Luke now has a true chance of living “his version” of a normal life. From his new foster mom “Luke is thriving with us, he now LOVES to be outside, especially to play in the creek and woods where he can chase squirrels. And no matter where he is, he is inventive in making games with his favorite toys. He is a smart, affectionate boy, who is working hard every day to be the best version of himself!”

Will you make a heart connection with Luc?

Roxie found a Heart Connection with Courtney Sanders


Meet Roxie, a 5 year old Retriever/Pity mix. She weighs about 55 lbs. She is blind and diabetic. Roxie was relinquished to the shelter due to her medical needs. She is a sweet dog and has been an absolute champ about taken her medications and daily injections. SO, please don’t let this frighten or deter you from wanting to meet her. PWD will help continue to assist her adoptive family with her medical needs if needed.

Roxie was fostered by an incredible person and she has a lot of great things to say about this girl:
Roxie is a sweetheart searching for her forever home! She is a happy dog, and is almost always seen wagging her tail. Roxie is always happiest when she is with you, and is up for any activity -- whether she is your sidekick while doing yard work, your sous chef while cooking, or your snuggle buddy while watching tv. She is very loving, and isn't shy about asking for belly rubs. Her favorite pastime is cuddling on the couch (or attempting to sit in your lap!).

Roxie is intelligent and easily trained to the rules of your home (e.g, learning what furniture she's allowed to sit on, wiping paws before coming inside when it's muddy out, etc.). She enjoys going for walks, and does very well on a leash. She is also great riding in the car. Roxie is playful, and gets bursts of energy that result in her scooting around the room or yard. She enjoys chewing on a bone, but beware -- she destroys soft toys within a matter of minutes!

While Roxie is blind, you would never know it! She quickly learns and navigates her surroundings, and is very alert, relying heavily on her hearing and sense of smell. Roxie also has diabetes and requires 2x daily insulin shots as well as regular blood glucose testing; however, these activities couldn't be easier! She lies on her back during blood testing so you can easily access her paws for the test, and her insulin shot is simple to administer while she's eating her meals. Roxie is a rockstar when it comes to maintaining her health, and her tail continues to wag the whole time!

Roxie loves people, and has yet to meet a stranger! She enjoys being the center of attention among her human family, and but she can be possessive with toys and food  around other dogs -- for these reasons, she is looking for a home where she can be the only pet. However, Roxie is all the dog you'll ever need, and the best friend anyone could ask for!

We feel should would do best as an only dog.  Please consider Roxie, she would be a great companion and friend.

Will you make a heart connection with Roxie?

TY found a Heart Connection with Jessica Clark

TY found a Heart Connection with Donna Almquist, "In memory of Cinna".

Welcome the elegantly tuxedoed Ty! This beautiful 2-year-old mix was in desperate need of rescue, and PWD happily stepped up! (Much to the relief of the local rescue system, which was not equipped to handle his difficulties.)

Ty is a paraplegic and spent the past year (yes, half of his life) dragging around his terribly malnourished body. Just days ago Ty’s life was on the line, but he arrived at PWD and was fitted with his first set of wheels. He is already zooming around the yard with only a few minor hiccups! Amazing what a difference love, respect, good nutrition, and proper care can do for a vibrant canine like Ty!! Ty gets along with other dogs.

Will you make a heart connection with Ty? 

Halo found a Heart Connection with Kimberly Kinsey

Martha Baynard made a Heart Connection with Halo


HALO - a 6 yr old, 25lb cockapoo with a back injury. We received a phone call from a local young woman who had suffered a stroke that left her with one side paralyzed. Her beloved cockapoo, Halo, had suffered a spinal cord injury at about the same time. The phone call to us was a hard one for her, I could tell she loved her dog with all her heart, but she also knew she could no longer provide the care Halo desperately needed. This rescue was gut wrenching for us all, because Halo spent all of her time by the side of her fur mom, keeping her company as they both tried to cope with their adversities. Halo’s mom asked us to help and we did.

We told her we will give Halo the best life, either here at PWD, or with an adopter who understands Halo’s health. Halo’s journey with us begins today with grooming and a trip to the vet. Halo is an a amazing trooper who is still walking with assistance. She will have imaging done on her spine to determine if we can help improve her mobility. We are so happy we were in the position to help Halo and the fur mom who loves Halo so very much that she was willing to relinquish her, in order to give her the best possible life.

We will be posting new information on angelic Halo as we learn more about her and her condition. Do check back with us to see how she is doing, and for anyone who is interested in having a halo of their own, please consider becoming Halo’s angel or making a donation towards her care.

Update! She has been to the groomer!  We would like to give a shout out to Colleen at Rita’s Grooming for making Halo look and feel like a million bucks! Thank you so much!

Will you make a heart connection with Halo?

Jane Gentile found a Heart Connection with Bishop - thank you!

Bishop is a handsome 4-5 year old lemon  hound, who is deaf.  He  was surrendered to one of our Virginia shelters we partner with.  He is  about 50 lbs., fun, active, goofy pup, that will put a smile on your face.  He loves attention, and will curl up and lay on just about anything. He has flourished here at PWD and has made many new friends here. A sweet gentle soul good with people, cats and great with kids.  However, Bishop has some possession issues  with other dogs and so we do feel he does needs to be an only dog.   Bishop would do great in a secure  area or leash walking. 

UPDATE: Bishop’s life change here at PWD when very experience and compassionate foster person came to visit with some of our pups. She asked if she could help Bishop. (of our long timers here at PWD) This is her first experience with a hearing impaired dog and a hound! In his first days they have accomplished a lot together! Here is her first update

He had a better night last night. He is in the doggy suite now for while in preparation to a longer stay tomorrow when I go to work. Have only heard him bark once or twice. He is a sweet boy and it is funny, we are working on sitting before we go thru a doorway, and while he is getting the hang of it before we leave the house, going back in is another story. He is smart and knows what I want but he will actually turn his head away from me like a stubborn child how doesn’t want to do something. I have lots of time so I just wait til he decides to sit, however briefly, he gets a piece of kibble then we go in but it is so funny to see him actually turn his head as if to say, nope not doing it. I normally wouldn’t be doing this this soon but he is so smart, that I think he needs and can do these simple challenges. He gets a treat and a thumbs up sign each time he does something good. He gets a high value treat, a tiny piece of chicken, each time he potties outside as inside still is an issue.


Oct 1st - Foster mom UPDATE: Bishop has been amazing in short time he has been here. Has he been a perfect angel, no, but in just two weeks he has learned the signs for come, sit, wait and down. He sits and waits to go out and to come inside and he sits and waits for his breakfast and dinner. His leash manners vastly improved once he became comfortable with his new walking areas. Is he 100% no, but then who is, he is still a work in progress and with each day we practice, he improves a bit more and is proud of himself, you can see by the smile on his face.

With any dog, if you want them to do something you must first get their attention usually by calling, clapping etc. but Bishop is deaf so you have to get his attention another way. To help with this challenge, he just got a present, a vibrating collar. Over the next few weeks we will be working on training with him to understand that the jiggling of his collar means look to me for a command sign. This will be a learning experience for both of us, there will be lots of treats involved, chicken for him, hot fudge sundaes for me, He is so smart bet he does much better than me.

Bishop is thrilled to have visitors come to the house, male or female, young or old, he loves them all. He is respectful, does not jump but follows them everywhere in the house. He loves his walks, running in the yard and chilling on the deck. I know he would love to go hiking or jogging, something this foster would love to do with him but can’t ....Could you?


Oct 21st - Foster mom UPDATE: Bishop continues to amaze me. He is a love, full of energy who lives to explore new sights and smells...especially the smells as his nose works overtime. He would be a great walking or hiking companion provided he was always on a leash. He is always thrilled greet anyone he meets along the way with a tail that doesn’t stop wagging.  We had to abandon the vibrating collar as it really frightened him even set on the lowest setting and are now exploring others ways of communicating. As long as treats are part of this process Bishop is always happy to try


His Aunt Jane gave him two doggy puzzles and he ❤️ 💕 💗 the challenge ( and of course all the treats he uncovers)


July 2020 - Bishop is a sweet, quirky ,independent and stubborn guy and is a work in progress. He is not a couch potato, is quite active and loves to be able to see and be outside. He loves sleeping in the sun and watching the world go by from the security of my second story front deck. Inside, if anything is blocking his view he will remove it such as shades, blinds and curtains. His nose drives his brain, if he catches a scent, specially a rabbit he goes bonkers and should the rabbit run under the fence, he is lightening fast and will try his hardest to wiggle under after the bunny. As he is deaf he can’t hear if he is called so he will not respond to a recall and will be long gone in a heartbeat. To keep him safe, he is always leashed when we go outside. He loves his long walks everyday however he is a strong guy and at times can pull very hard on his leash so needs a strong handler. Would love to take him on car rides and trips but he get very car sick even with anti nausea meds

Bishop has a fairly active bladder which means multiple trips outside at dawn, during the day and evening hours are a must. He lets you know he needs to go outside by tipping things over, plants, small tables, fans etc., if it is on the floor, nothing is off limits , even the in floor air registers, he pulls them out of the floor. He repeats this quirky behavior when he decides it is his meal time. He can not be crated, if closed in a room, will destroy the door to get out and still can not go all day without an accident

He has learned hand signals and knows sit, wait and down. He loves people and long walks but is extremely picky about other dogs and can quite bossy I am told. I do not have a cat but understand he was fine with them? While he is normally fairly quiet, he has his moments of loud barking, not great if you have close neighbors


Will you be Bishop's "heart connection"?

Updated June 2021

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