Education · Support · Rescue · Shelter · Wheelchair Assistance
was a wonderful, typical puppy who added lots of excitement and joy to our
home. We had no idea he was
about to change our lives forever. 2 months after adopting Duke, he
was playing with another puppy and had a tragic accident, severing his
spinal cord. At 6 months old
our vibrant young rescue dog was in a wheelchair. Well guess what,
Duke was still vibrant and young - he just had special needs. When
we adopted Duke and took him home it was a commitment, thru sickness
and health until death do us part – he was a member of our family. So
many people forget that adopting a dog is a commitment, and once their dog
gets ill or sick they still need to commit to caring for them.
few months later we heard about another pup named Misty, living in a NY
shelter for over 5 years. Nobody wanted Misty because she had hind
leg problems. Hundreds and Hundreds of people passed her cage, not
even giving her a chance. We went to NY and adopted her immediately.
For years Misty became quite a “spokes-dog” for her cause.
People started looking at her, seeing the life in her eyes, and the heart
she wanted to share and commented on what a wonderful dog she was,
and “How could she had been in a shelter so long?”.
loving our wheelchair dog Duke, and seeing the impact Misty had on people,
and realizing there was no support system or education available for
people dealing with disabled pets, Pets with Disabilities was incorporated
to be that support system for these animals with no voice.
8 years, while Mike
and I both had full time jobs…. We traveled to events and expos’ to
speak on behalf of these wonderful spirits, we set-up a website to post
animals needing help, at one point we had 12 disabled animals living in
our home – and due to the constant need and 100’s of requests for
help, we decided to expand our efforts and build our rescue barn, in order
to help more dogs.
year I made a huge decision to close my small business and volunteer
FULL time on behalf of the disabled animals.
the expansion of the rescue, I committed myself totally to the
helping these dogs in need. Many people that visit our
website, think we are a huge organization, when in fact, I am a one
person show. I take no salary for my hours and hours of work,
and have no paid help and a small core group of volunteers.
This is a labor of love.
with Disabilities is a rescue, not a dumping ground for people's dogs
who have become incontinent. Guardians/ Owners, shame on you
for not being there when your dog gets hurt. When you adopt a dog, it
is a commitment; changing your life for a dog you love is what being
a human is all about.
groups who have taken in a wheelchair dog. Thank you!! Our
rescue can’t take them all, it is physically and financially
impossible. We help as many as we can. Please realize it
will take time and patience to get these dogs adopted. But they
deserve to live and given that second chance at finding a new home.
That is what rescue work is all about.
are down, but we continue to help as many dogs as we can. Unfortunately
money does not grow on trees. We have created a safe and wonderful
environment for these dogs in need. They flourish here, and
adoptions and miracles are happening here everyday. I have met the
most wonderful folks who have adopted our dogs, amazing and
incredible people who just "got it". They understand
these dogs are different but can still be an incredible part of the family
and they have. Cheers to you guys and thank you. I only wish
there were more people on earth like you.
visit our "In Memoriam" page to
meet the other wonderful spirits that assisted us.)
wonderful spirits that make Pets
their permanent home
The Sanctuary Pets
These dogs and cats have been rescued and adopted by us. Several had been rehomed and returned to the shelter, others were just unwanted
due to their disability. We have made the decision that this will be their last stop. We we will care for these dogs
and cats for the remainder of their lives. We welcome your support.
Maddie, a spunky little mutt, was hit by a car, and
suffered a broken spinal cord. Due to Maddie's disability she was
relinquished to the St. Francis Society Animal Rescue.
Pets with Disabilities adopted Maddie in September 2005. She joins Duke
(with a sassy attitude only a strong female can appreciate!) in helping with our
Huey, is a bright and handsome Border Collie
rescued by our wonderful friends at Glen Highland Farm
in Dec 2005. After rescuing him,
they soon discovered Huey was deaf. They emailed us a picture and his
story and we became a part of the Glen Highland Farm Family. Since being
with us, Huey has learn many of the most important hand signs, and has
definitely added lots excitement to our PWD family.
||Thank you Kelly Rende for being Huey's angel!
Thank you Amy Sullivan
for being an angel to Huey!
Kiri's journey started in Maryland and now ends in Maryland at our small but growing Pets with Disabilities rescue.
Kiri, a Border Collie, was hit by a car. PWD helped find Kiri a new home, in Alberta,
Canada. Unfortunately Kiri’s care was too much for her new caretaker. We traveled out to Montana, and with the
help of Glen Highland Farm, Kiri was transported across the border to Butte, Montana where we met her, and fell
in love with her. Kiri is at home, with her new wheelchairs buddies at PWD.
you for being wonderful angels to Kiri
(again this year!)
- Lynn and Larry Adelsohn
was hit by a car which shattered both her legs and hips. Dixie is the
sweetest little terrier. She maintains a calm, "life is
good" attitude - being the example for the other dogs.
you, Barb and Mike McGinty, great friends of our organization, for
continued support for Dixie's care.
An eleventh hour rescue! Ernie a two-year-old Samoyed, was rescued by Pets with Disabilities, two hours before he was
to be euthanized. Ernie, tragically hurt himself, and now is no longer able to use his back legs. Ernie spent the last
month at Ocean State Animal Hospital, in Rhode Island, hoping for a miracle. Unfortunately for Ernie, that miracle never
happened, and his guardians were not in the position to care for a dog with special needs. Pets with Disabilities stepped
in on Ernie's behalf and outfitted him with a new wheelchair and he will now live his life with others like him! We are
looking for angels for Ernie's continued medical care, please donate to Ernie's cause. Thank
you Betsy Testerman for being
Sweet Megan-her big hound smile says it all.
Megan is totally blind, and was found wondering in a lumber yard. She was
scheduled to be euthanized by a rural county pound in Virginia, until Pets with Disabilities swept in and rescued her.
of her arrival, she managed to navigate her way around the rescue brilliantly,
by her sense of smell and paw touch. We soon discovered Megan
has a huge purpose here at the rescue... she has offered to welcome
all guests and make new rescue dogs feel at home. (Obviously, we
fell in love with this dog, she brings a smile to all that meet her.) She
is a great couch cuddler - and is the self proclaimed "mayor" of
PWD - happy to greet all visitors - human and canine.... and if you bring
a treat, she'll be very grateful!
Thank you Kevin
for being Megan's angel
PIERCE came to PWD in March 2009 after
spending the first 3 years of his life trapped in a shelter
kennel. He, along with dozens of other dogs were held for 3 years,
pending an animal cruelty court case in PA. During this time, they
had no time outside, no human interaction, dogs were in-breeding because
they couldn't be vetted - it was awful. The last 6 months of the
court case, a wonderful group of volunteers were allowed into the
shelter to help socialize the dogs - and once the case was settled -
helped get them out!
PIERCE came to
the rescue very shy and fearful... having never eaten out of a bowl,
never climbed stairs, never slept on a couch - needing to learn to trust
humans and handle what the world has to offer. We allowed Pierce
as much time as he needed to trust us and get comfortable in the rescue
facility. He has been living with
Joyce in her home - expanding his world a little more - getting used to
the dishwasher, and bathroom sounds, and people knocking at the
door. He's done really well.... and Joyce has found out,
he's a great cuddler in bed at night - and he loves cats!! In other
words, after more then a year in the rescue program, it's been decided
that Pierce is home.
||Thank you Kathi Hanna
for being an Angel to Pierce.
Candy Cane now Candi,
came to us from a shelter in King William, VA. She
came into the shelter as a stray, with identification. The
shelter contacted her owners who explained she had been given away 5 years
ago for breeding because of her leg injury and was no longer able to
perform her hunting duties.
expression says it all. As the shelter told me she has lived a
tough life as an over bred female hound. We are certain she was a
fabulous mom, but are even more certain she is happy her reproductive
days are over.
It didn't take
long for her to wiggle her way into our hearts. She has fit
into our home as if she has lived with us her entire life. Finally, a
warm soft bed in the sun, probably for the first time in her life.
entered the final, but best, chapter of her life as the new Pets with
Disabilities 3 Legged Ambassador! Welcome Candi, you can now
share your sweet spirit with so many!
Thank you Jessie &
for being angels to Candi
Thank you Jeremy &
Angela Dover for being
angels to Candi
was abandoned after her person died. Neighbors rallied around her
but no one wanted her. Finally an older retired gentleman
stepped in to help her and ask us to help her find a forever home.
is true survivor. Her vertebra is fused. She was most
likely hit by a car with no treatment, as a result her back end is
not always in sync with her front end. As she is
walking/running, occasionally her back end will slip out, but she gets
right back up and continues onward. She is a good sport and
handles her disability like a champ. With her keen eyesight and
sharp hearing she will
often chase a squirrel or rabbit out of the area. Sandy's
beautiful blond coat is a perfect match for her radiant personality. She
is smart dog, follows directions very well, and
a very loyal protective friend. She definitely exhibits
the traits of the true German Shepherd spirit.
past year has been a tough year for Mike and I, losing 3 sanctuary dogs
in the past 4 months our home seemed empty! Then along came Nikki (now
named Lucy), we
both instantly connected to her tail wagging happiness and spirit!
She fit in with all of the dogs, especially Huey who
definitely needed a new buddy! Lucy is a young charismatic dog,
who enjoys playing with the all the dogs including the wheelchair
dogs, going on trail walks, playing with tennis balls but most
important she has brought smiles and happiness back into our home! Thank
Lucy has an angel in
memory and honor of Cassie - Thank You
||After what must have been a life
with a family, he found himself alone, outside on a chain. A good samaritan stepped
in, talked with the owners, and called us. Chester was rescued from a
chain and adopted in May 2012! Chester is an unbelievable blind lab mix! He has much more energy then other 8 yr
olds we've met. He's such a cute little guy, his pictures don't come
close to showing his true personality. His tail never stops wagging, and is a huge
wiggle butt when he is really excited. He is good off leash and has good
recall. He is very happy to be with his person whether he is riding in the
car or curled up on your lap. While he sometimes bumps into things, it is very hard to
believe this guy is blind because he can see right into your heart.
Due some medical issues, Chester is back in
the rescue program for 2015. He will remain in rescue for the
remainder of his life.
Buddy, a domestic cat was most likely
abandoned on the streets to fend for himself.
He survived for over 6 months on his own with the kindness
of some good Samaritans who fell in love with him. While
being vetted he tested positive for FIV. Hence they reached
out to us to get him off the streets and into a safer environment. When I met this cat, I immediately renamed him Buddy, because he
will snuggle by you and purred his way into your heart. He is
a wonderful cat, and most important gets along with other cats very
Buddy has become our official rescue
cat. Buddy has landed a great position here at the rescue
living life large upstairs in my office. He has been a trooper
and an instrumental part in helping us place many of our dogs into cat
friendly homes. Thanks Buddy!
Laurie & Lee Chisenhall
being an angel to Buddy
||Meet Cliff our new resident
cat! Cliff was rescued by some of our NJ rescue friends from
a feral cat colony. They quickly realized Cliff was not feral - but by
the time they could secure his safety he was pretty beat up.
He lost an eye, contracted FIV and has a cleft pallet. They reached out
to us to adopt him and we were actually looking for another dog
friendly cat to add to our home.
Even with all of Cliff health
issues, he is one of the nicest, most comical, affectionate cats we
have ever met. He acts more like a dog than a cat! A big thank to the NJ
rescue who took the time to get him to safety. We adore him!
Thank you Phyllis
for being an angel to Cliff
Be a Pets with Disabilities Angel!
All the dogs at Pets with Disabilities, have special needs, otherwise they would not be here. In today's society
dogs and cats can no longer get sick, old or physically disabled. Whether they were abandoned, rejected or someone's life
changed and they no longer fit in, they are counting on us to help them transition to a new life. They will either stay with
us, or they will be rehomed carefully to the right people or families. So if you see a dog in our rescue that tugs out your
heart please become his or her angel. Thank You!!
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you can matter in the life of a dog - Receive an "angel
magnet" of your dog or for just
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The dogs at PWD are fed:
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(we have recently decided spend the extra money
to provide a grain free diet to the rescue dogs)
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We believe in treating animals the way we would like to be treated. Our new facility might look
like a barn but has all the comforts of a cozy home. My husband and I have worked and thought very
hard to make a difference in the sheltering of our dogs in rescue. We also wanted our volunteers to
enjoy their work. Our new rescue is behind our home and sits before acres of forest. We believe our
facility is one of a kind in our area.
Each apartment is furnished with a sofa, dog beds, lamps, and most
important each apartment has a window. We believe light is essential for all living creatures. At night
the rescue room is lit by soft blue night lights in each apartment. For the human volunteers and adopters
we have a very unique collection of antique lunch boxes bordering the room. The rescue has central air
conditioning and heat. There is a TV and or music piped in for the residents in our rescue. Also, no dog
runs here at PWD. There are approximately three acres around the barn that are fenced in.
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