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We will miss
our Tribute to our Friend
Duke, the founding dog of Pets with Disabilities, broke his back, while puppy playing. Euthanasia was not an option,
so we elected to get Duke a wheelchair and to give him a job to help other dogs and cats find homes that are disabled. He
has become a great "spokes-dog" for his cause!
Misty crossed the rainbow bridge in the fall of
2008, and will be missed my many - Please contribute to the
& Misty Memorial Fund - supporting the rescue of wheel chair dogs and dogs with back
Misty was born with no hip sockets. As a puppy she was rescued from the streets of Harrison, NY. Misty was the shelter mutt
for over five years at the Westchester County Humane Society. She finally found her forever home with Pets with Disabilities.
- Sept 13, 2013
our 3 legged resident and my furry sidekick in life crossed the
rainbow bridge today. Casey was rescued from our local shelter back in
2007, came into our rescue intending to find a home but never left.
She became our 3 legg...ed icon, sharing her love for life and awesome
personality with so many! We will miss you Casey and will think about you
every day! Keep watch over your rescue and we will continue to rescue
3 legged pups in your honor.
Casey's Christmas came early in 2007. Pets with Disabilities along with the help of the
Calvert Humane Society, rescued
Casey from our local animal shelter on the day scheduled to be her last. Casey, an eight-year-old , 3 legged Chocolate Lab
lost her back leg probably from a car accident. She truly is a survivor and captured our hearts immediately. It is truly
amazing how she has fit into our rescue like she had been living with us her entire life. She gets along with other dogs and
cats and loves all people. Please remember to adopt from your local shelter or rescue group. Lots of dogs like Casey need
- March 2014
shelter dog's dream to be rescued and to be loved till the end. Zelda was
diagnosed with bone cancer in December, she put up a valiant fight till
the end. Rest in Peace Zelda and thank you for sharing your life with us.
A big thanks to the Philadelphia shelter for getting Zelda's info to us
years back and we were able to help.
She is a Rottie mix. Zelda was scheduled
to be euthanized at the SPCA in Philadelphia when Pets with Disabilities
swept in and rescued her. Zelda has had hip problems since she was a
puppy. On top of her hip issues she also injured her legs a couple
times, that healed without treatment. Despite Zelda's disability she
gets along wonderfully; she has her moments of excitement with the
other rescue dogs, and then she settles in quietly on her favorite bed
for the remainder of the day. She knows her limitations; and with
weight management and daily tablets of Glucosamine, she does quite
Annie crossed the rainbow bridge in the
Annie, a gorgeous white shepherd was
under a porch, completely paralyzed and still nursing her 10 puppies. A
good Samaritan stepped in and took her to the local animal
hospital. The doctors, at the clinic were shocked by how
emaciated and weak Annie was, she was covered in sores and wounds and
could barely lift her head. Annies owner requested to have her put
to sleep. Her spirit and kindness grab the hearts of the staff. Annie made
it quite clear, she did not want to be put to sleep and still had
much to offer! The staff was looking for a miracle, a rescue to help
her, and that miracle was PWD.
Annie got a new
set of wheels when she arrived - and of course the medical care and
lots of love she deserves. She is a true survivor - another example
of an unbroken spirit - even when the body is not perfect.
After a year at
PWD, it's been decided she'll be a permanent member of the
PWD family, living in the house with her "friends on wheels" - she has such a sweet, hopeful spirit... we are happy to have her.
consider supporting the Duke & Misty memorial fund
the rainbow bridge in the July 2015
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 joined Duke
(with a sassy attitude only a strong female can appreciate!) in helping with our
crossed the rainbow bridge in the July 2015
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!
crossed the rainbow bridge in the January 2016
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 Kiriís 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.
crossed the rainbow bridge in the Dec 2015
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. 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!
Cassie was rescued by PWD. She is a large long haired Sheppard mix. She is very sweet and a little spaced-out, which may be due
to the abusive situation from which she was rescued. She weighs about 100 pounds and may be eight years
old. She has arthritis in her back legs which limits her mobility, but she is still ready to take a
walk whenever the opportunity arises.
crossed the rainbow bridge in the Spring of 2006
Kitty was rescued by PWD. Kitty has FeLV and
a lame leg. He has adjusted well to our dog world. So far Kitty has been healthy and happy!
crossed the rainbow bridge in the spring of 2006
Max is a
senior mixed breed. He is smart and has a very good temperament but is slowing
down with age. He also has a large benign tumor on his side that the vets suggest leaving alone. Max is at
home now with the rest of the Pets with Disabilities family
crossed the rainbow bridge in the January 2010 - at the age of
17 - Max was a true champion of courage. He is missed.
Freddie crossed the rainbow bridge in the
March of 2010
a young cat, was brought to our local vets office to be
euthanized. He was flee bitten all over, very thin and had FIV.
The vet would not do it. They called us to see if we
would accept him here. Of course we said yes. Freddie has come
along way since being here, he looks great, but best of all he and
Vinnie have become great feline friends!
Crossed the Rainbow Bridge January
arrived in the US, to a better life a little over a year ago,
from a shelter in St Petersburg, Russia.
He brought a sense of "royal majesty" to the rescue.
It's hard to explain, but when you spent
time with him, you had
no pity for him - he was not
looking for that. He looked for
a companion that respected what he
had to teach - and in
return he provided
you with true, unconditional loyalty and friendship.
with some horrible wounds on one of his back legs requiring an amputation
surgery. He's became a our
only 3-legged wheelchair dog. He
lived in our home after surgery and we soon realized he would
be a permanent resident here until he decided it was time for him to
move on. And that was last evening, Mike and i held him in our
arms and said farewell. We felt his life might be short
with us, but the lessons we learn from him will be a lifetime.
Giving him a warm and loving home, to a street dog from Russia
was the most important to us; and for the past year
and we were able to provide that home he never had experienced.
We think he enjoyed American life! From Russia with
love, we will miss you our fellow comrade. So happy you
were a huge part of our lives.
We know Tuzik
touched so many hearts with
his journey, here to a better life.
Thank you to everyone who helped this big lovable pup.
is a video link showing his arrival in Dulles
crossed the rainbow bridge in the September 2011
was rescued along with his siblings by Mary
Kamolowski, a volunteer, for the
Pet Assistance League of Oklahoma.
Vinnie lost his eye at birth and unfortunately was diagnosed with FIV. Vinnie was rescued again by Pets with Disabilities.
As cofounder, Mike Dickerson, was rescuing Oreo, he also packed up Vinnie and drove both of them east. Vinnie will live
the remainder of his life at the Pets with Disabilities rescue.
Farley crossed the rainbow bridge in the
Farley is now living and being fostered at Reverie
Acres Farm. This farm is run and managed by an extraordinary mother and
daughter team whose love and understanding of animals is truly special. When
we found out Farley was in kidney failure, they wanted to help Farley even
more. For whatever life Farley has in him, Randi and her mom, Peggy, are
certainly giving him the life he absolutely loves. Thanks to them, Farley life
expectancy my exceed all the experts -
at least we hope.
Below is an email from Peggy on Farley's life
where he spends time with meeting a greeting new people and hangs with horses,
and a barn cat that has accepted him!
"Farley never (or hardly
ever) barks, which makes him great around horses, he's not distracted by
strange sights (which also makes him great around horses and some people) and
he's super friendly and loves to be talked to and petted (which makes him
great around humans). I must say, he's an absolutely perfect dog."
We are so happy for Farley that we found
Peggy and Randi, who opened up their hearts to a great dog that might
not have too much time on this earth. This what makes rescue worth while
meeting folks like them.
PWD is still responsible for Farley's vet
care and special diet.
a blind 2 year old St Bernard. Farley was rescued by a kind couple
from a West Virginia pound. Farley was extremely underweight when
rescued, back in October he weighed only 40 pounds. Since
coming into rescue he has blossomed to about 80 pounds; which still
makes him a fairly small St Bernard. When Farley arrive at
PWD we noticed he was drinking water in excess. He has been
under extreme vet care since January. He was treated for a very bad
bladder infection hoping this was the cause of his water drinking.
We are in the process
of ruling out other serious diseases, such as diabetes, Addison's and cushions.
The water drinking could all be stemming from his lack of food and water the
first year of his life. Farley is a wonderful
dog and navigates his way around the rescue thru touch and smell. He has a great temperament around all people and dogs.
4/09 - Medical Update on Farley:
We took Farley to an internist, specializing in kidneys. We
unfortunately found out Farley has severe kidney disease. His
kidneys are the size of a cats kidneys. Farley's life expectancy
will be most likely shorten. We will give him the best care and love
here at PWD. Farley, definitely needs some angels to
help us help him live as many years as possible. We
are looking into special diets and holistic vet care for him.
|Stan crossed the rainbow bridge in the
Age: 7 months old,
Breed/Weight: Terrier/hound mix, Weight: 25 pounds
Stan has hyperextension of all digits (toes) in both front feet. This is
not a painful condition.
When they say dogs are in charge of their destiny, I can only say Stan was
definitely in charge of his! I received a plea from an American
woman living and teaching in Istanbul, Turkey. She and her
family volunteer all of their spare time in working with stray dogs in
Istanbul. They foster and find foster homes for dogs that end up at
the municipal shelters. They try to place dogs with US rescues
that have no chance of survival in Turkey.
PWD to see if we would accept a very small mixed breed terrier with
club feet that wheezes. When I saw his pictures, I knew his only
hope would be to come here. When Stan arrived I was concerned about
his health, but as each day goes by, he is gaining weight and showing lots
of hope and brightness in his eyes. He handles his lung problem like
a wise one man, never over doing it, and resting after a round of
frolicking with the other pups. His ears are one of his most
endearing features, they look like propellers ready to take off at any
moment. He is a gentile easy dog to handle.
ever run a marathon or go for a long hike? Probably not! But he
enjoys the casual walk and will be a great companion. He is beyond
awesome, so glad he made it to PWD. As each day goes by, he just
gets stronger and stronger, and most important he is becoming a
happy young pup. Stan is great with other dogs and good with cats,
and of course loves the attention of people!
|Chuck crossed the rainbow bridge in the
We have discovered
Chuck has a mass around his lungs making him cough and tire easily.
We've decided to let Chuck live out his remaining days in a nearby foster
home where he'll receive the love, adoration and personal attention he
deserves in his remaining days. We would appreciate any angel
support for his ongoing vet needs. He really is a lovable teddy bear
and we are happy to share this time with him.
Age: approx 8 years old
Disability: Deaf/ has some visual impairment but can see
Breed/Weight: Golden Retriever/Shar Pei Mix - 40 pounds
Chuck was a stray found by a young college girl. He was walking along
a highway in our area and she brought him to one of our local
Chuck our senior teddy bear at the rescue! He is a cool, calm
and collected boy. His demands are few: food, a warm bed, a
couple of long strolls around the yard and lots of love.
He would make a nice, easy companion dog. If you have room in your
heart and home to give this neglected pooch some much needed human
attention and love for the remainder of his life, please come by and
meet him! Chuck,
is finally getting the medical attention he so deserves and needed!
He is one of the kindest dogs you will encounter.
Marley crossed the rainbow bridge in the
Marley is a senior Spitz, whose demands are few: food, a warm bed, a couple of long strolls around the yard and love.
Marley was rescued from the Trenton, New Jersey animal shelter, after the vet was convinced not to euthanize him. He
was dirty, his hair was matted, he is partially blind and deaf, and had been a victim of a dog attack. But with all
of his bad luck and trauma, he is the nicest and kindest dog anyone could ever encounter. He has blossomed into a
beautiful dog here at PWD. Marley goes with the flow and he gets along with all living creatures.
|Henry crossed the rainbow bridge in the
Henry was recently diagnosed with
"congestive heart failure"... he is on some medication to
help the symptoms and is having the fluid build up removed as
required. Henry has always been a very "easy going" guy -
so this change in his health is not having much affect on his joy of life
or his daily routine - he's still a very "laid back"
gentleman. He will remain at PWD - but still needs your heart felt
Age: 5 yrs old
Breed/Weight: Shep mix, approx 50 lbs
History: Henry was a stray in a
shelter in Brandywine, MD. He was malnourished, lyme and HW
positive, very neglected - but a true survivor to manage on his own.
Meet Henry! One of the kindest,
sweetest dogs we've had here at the rescue. He really is a
"diamond in the ruff" - a happy personality, no temperament
issues, enjoying everything life has to offer him. He enjoys being close to
you - and will literally hug you. He is also great on a leash - so
trusting and confident, happy to be with a faithful friend exploring the
world. Henry loves people but does it with a lower energy
level. He is content checking out the yard if you're busy, but is
ready to go when there is something else to do. Henry is now
free of heart worms, has had some eye surgery reducing the pressure and
eliminating his pain. Henry is a thoughtful soul and is ready for
someone that will appreciate his quiet manner and good nature. He is
fine with other dogs, although not a big "play" dog and would do
best without cats.
|Jack crossed the rainbow bridge in the
We have recently
discovered Jack is in kidney failure - he will spend his remaining days
with the rescue in a near by foster home. We are so happy to give
Jack this time in a loving home -
Age: 10 years
Disability: visually impaired, slight hearing loss
Breed/Weight: Corgi mix, 20 pounds
was an confiscated from his home for cruelty. He was at a local
shelter, finally released to rescue after 2 months. He is now
getting the medical attention he needs and the love he deserves.
a gentle senior that is now loving life and waiting for a home he can
share that love with. He is looking for some good food, a warm
bed, a couple of long strolls around the yard and lots of lovin'. Jack
has a mild head tilt - which just makes him even more endearing.
all of his bad luck and trauma, he one of the kindest dogs
anyone could ever encounter. He has started to blossom into a
beautiful dog here at PWD feeling the safety and good energy here.
He gets really excited when I come down to the rescue, and will do
his little "giddy up" and trot right out the door. He
has become one of my favorites here. Jack
goes with the flow and he gets along with all living creatures.
|Ruby crossed the rainbow bridge in the
Disability: Broken pelvis
Breed/Weight: Border Collie/ 35lbs
Ruby was scheduled to be euthanized within hours of her owners dropping
her off at a PA shelter. She was included in the daily "plea for
help" that the shelter sends out - and phone calls were made to
were told she was blind - but she CAN SEE! We were told she couldn't
walk, but she can get herself up. She does seem to have some trauma in
her past, possibly a broken pelvis that did not heal properly. She is a
pure bred border collie - so, one look in those golden eyes shows the
spirit and determination to overcome her damaged body. She is
tremendously sweet and will obviously need some extensive veterinary
has almost NO muscle mass in her back legs - we have no idea the last
time she was allowed to be out running around - but in the true spirit
of the border collie, the tennis ball is a HUGE motivator. Ruby is
chasing her tennis ball everyday, and getting a little stronger each
day. She's had several medicated baths to address her skin issue -
and we are evaluating any other medical needs. She is completely
connected to people and just a delight to have at the rescue. She
may go up for adoption when it's determined she is as healthy as she can
crossed the rainbow bridge in the August 2014
Age: 3 years old
Disability: visual impaired
Breed/Weight: herding mix - 35lbs
Odie was a stray and landed in a Pa shelter
came to PWD via another rescue when it was thought he was going blind.
He is a complex medical case and will be with us a while as we figure
things out for him. A perfectly healthy dog six months ago now
visually impaired and experiencing hearing loss. He is a friendly dog,
not engaging with the other dogs, but very neutral. He is learning the routine
of the rescue and in the typical spirit of these breeds, is showing a
determination to live life and connect to people. Odie is
scheduled to have a consult with a neuro specialist this month.
|Pepper crossed the rainbow bridge in the
Update! She has returned to the rescue from an overnight stay at the
specialty hospital. She has been diagnosed with Polymyositis which is an
inflammatory disease of the muscles. She is
responding to the medications so we are hopeful! Please keep
Pepper in your thoughts, she is not out of the woods just yet! Thank you
for your support!
||Chester crossed the rainbow bridge in the
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.
||Simon crossed the rainbow bridge in the
Disability: hearing impaired
Breed/Weight: Lab/basset mix 70 pounds
Simon was a stray at our local shelter.
Simon is a very
independent soul, whose demands are few, a warm bed, a leisurely stroll
around the yard, respect and love! We are happy to see him finally
reconnecting to humans, wagging his tail when we approach him,
wanting to spend some time with us. He will spend the rest of his
life at PWD.
Toby crossed the rainbow bridge in the
is a deaf senior border collie mix that has recently become a permanent
member of the PWD sanctuary group. He has been diagnosed with a
grade 3 soft tissue sarcoma, which is not good news, it is very
At this point rather than put him through an
aggressive surgery at his age with no guarantee the cancer will not
return, we are going to continue with pain management. So far he is
doing ok but we know things may deteriorate down the road. Until then we
will make sure he is loved and cared for just as he has been since his
arrival at PWD.
ABE crossed the rainbow bridge in the
blind/deaf senior aussie mix was found in the overnight drop area at an rural Ohio shelter. Abe
was a very neglected senior whose demands are few... a good meal, a
warm bed, a couple of long strolls around the yard and lots of love. Abe is the nicest and kindest dog anyone could ever
encounter, he just goes with the flow and gets along with
everyone. Abe has found a rhythm at the rescue, and we feel with his
disabilities and age, it would be best not to move him again.
So, he will spend the rest of his life at the rescue.
DOTTIE crossed the rainbow bridge in the
is a 6 yr old blind hound mix. Dottie was adopted in 2013, but due
to the death of her caretaker, she has been welcomed back to PWD.
Dottie will remain at PWD for the rest of her life as we treat her
cancer with medicine to give the her to best quality of life possible.
She is still a spunky, sweet girl - a real fighter - and we're happy to
be able to help her again.
Murphy crossed the rainbow bridge in the
Update on Murphy:
Last month we rolled Murphy out of the shelter.
Unable to walk on his own, he was diagnosed with an extreme prostate
infection. In the midst of treatment we discover he also had a tumor
on his liver.
Sad for Murphy, but so happy his final days
will be spent with a loving couple who adore him. Knowing his time
is limited they still wanted to give him a home. Such kindness from
a couple who did not know this pup. ...
We get daily updates on Murphy's health and so
far he is stable. We all realize each good day we have with him is a
When I went down to our local shelter to meet an older blind dog, I
was not expecting to meet an extremely sick blind dog. I realize
immediately that was he was suffering. He was on a 7 day stray hold
but luckily the shelter allowed us to pull him early, and we got him
to the vet. Murphy was suffering from a severe prostate infection,
he is being treated and is beginning to feel better but certainly
not out of the woods yet.
Angels are needed for his complete recovery
and hopeful regular vetting bills.
HOBO crossed the rainbow bridge in the
Name: Hobo -
Age: 2 years old -
Disability: 3 legged -
Breed/Weight: Walker hound, 50 pounds
History: Fate would control Hobo's young life as he wondered into a
very rescue friendly person's yard with a fractured back leg. She immediately took him to the vet where yet another person was there
to assist Hobo - she found PWD and made sure he was safe.
We are very
thankful to everyone who assisted Hobo along his journey to getting
medical attention, healing and the folks who helped with transporting
him to PWD! Everyone in the right place at the right time for an injured dog and a second chance at finally finding a loving family. He
has touched so many hearts!
Here is a little of what his foster mom had to say about him during his
recuperation, "Hobo was one of the easiest dogs I have ever fostered, he
is so good natured and got along great with all my dogs including my
little bossy female, Queen bee. I have a 5 year old and he did
absolutely great with him, he just loves everyone. When we went to the
vets for checkups, he would ride in my back seat and just loved being
chauffeured. He will be a great companion dog to any family."
Hobo is doing great at the rescue! Loves the dogs, thrives on
human attention, and all around friendly dog! He even likes to
play with tennis balls. Another beautiful sweet hound that is
ready for find his forever home.
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