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Disabled Dogs for Adoption  
from Pets with Disabilities

The following dogs are available for adoption from Pets with Disabilities - we are located in Southern Maryland.  WE WILL ONLY ADOPT DOGS INTO OUR REGION -which includes MD, VA, WV, DE, NJ, PA & NY (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.

THANK YOU for your generosity!!

Make on on-line donation or send a check to 
Pets with Disabilities, 635 Clay Hammond Road,  Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Blind Dogs Deaf Dogs 3 legged & physical disabilities New Arrivals Unavailable

If you follow our website you may have noticed PWD rescues many hounds with disabilities.  You might ask why?  
I wanted to talk a little bit about the truth and the misconceptions of hounds.

One of the biggest misconceptions of hounds is that they are loud smelly stupid hunting dogs, and have no business being house pets.   Once these dogs  realize the comforts a home,  and it happens pretty quickly,  believe me the they LOVE  it, and a warm cozy home is far better than being a hunting dog.   And yes they can become lazy sofa pups.   

Many potential adopters fear their barking but in reality they are pretty quiet and many hounds end up homeless because they are quiet or hurt and can no longer hunt. Hounds were bred to hunt in packs of 2-4 dogs, so they are extremely social.  One of the greatest advantages of rescuing this breed of dog - we rarely have to worry about hounds with the other dogs at the rescue, and they will do GREAT at dog parks.  Most  hounds love people and generally do great with kids and if raised around cats  they do well with them as well.   They are not bred to be aggressive - most hounds don’t have a mean bone in their body and will do almost anything to stay away from a fight! 

Lastly, many people think they need Fort Knox  fencing,  and yes this might be true for some hounds but for the hounds we have rescued,  they  don’t stray away from their comfort zone.  I personally trail walk with one of our blind hounds, totally off lead, and she will never stray far from me or the trail.  She exemplifies the  character of a great hound.  Anyone that has met Megan,  truly understand the heart of a hound.   

Bottom line, they make great dogs to have here at PWD! - Joyce

Meet the Blind dogs at Pets with Disabilities
Living with a blind dog is very similar to living with a sighted dog - many of the blind dogs at the rescue where born blind, so they are fearless in their movements and have acute hearing and smelling senses.  They may bump into something, but it's usually only once.  When we open the apartments doors - they come out the door, down the hall, and into the yard without missing a beat.  They will all jump up on their futon beds, and they like toys, and some how they always know where their person is for the hugs and belly rubs.  We really like our blind rescues to have a fenced yard and railings on any stairways.  We encourage you to open your heart to a blind dog - they will repay you with their huge heart!!

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

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

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

If you are interested in meeting him, please complete our Adoption Application

Name:   Oprah
Age: 3 years
Breed/Weight:  Besingi mix, 40 lbs.
Disability:  Blind

History: Oprah lived in an extremely over crowed shelter, a volunteer reached out to a few rescues to help and we responded.    

Our eye doctor has confirmed Oprah's blindness was definitely caused by a traumatic incident. So sad to think this beautiful dog once had eyesight, and because of the actions of humans, she can no longer see.  Although Oprah's short life has been extremely heartbreaking, and you see from the past and present pictures, SHE is a survivor. 

The first month Oprah was with us, she was extremely shy, timid and frighten - but she has blossomed.  Once she realized she was safe, she warmed up to us, wagging her tail as we begin our day. She loves being outside soaking up the sun, and will curl up on a bed inside. She is house trained, very alert and independent.  A fenced in area would be ideal, but we think she would benefit from leash walking with her adopter.

OPRAH UPDATE:   We placed Oprah in a great foster home this past month, she has been there for a little over 2 weeks.  In her short time there, her foster has noted she learns the lay of the land and routine very quickly.  She loves having an easy going companion dog around for their trips outside.  While she is great on a leash, she does need a fenced in area for her bathroom time.  During her outside time, she often rolls in the grass to scratch her back once she is comfortable in her environment. Oprah is slow to warm up but eventually comes out of her shell more and more each day. She now greets her human foster when she comes home with a wagging tail and nuzzles her nose into her.  She’s also been spotted doing to the same to her fur brother after he took a trip to the vet and even dropped a bone by him one day when he was a little under the weather.  Oprah is also cat and rabbit friendly, and is successfully learning how to do navigate stairs.  

Oprah is ready to find her family. Her ideal family would welcome her with kindness, patience and understanding. She is ready to progress in her socialization. Oprah's shyness comes with absolutely NO aggression, so some good treats and time, we know she'll be a fabulous addition to a patient family. The reward will be worth the journey with this little girl.  She would also do well with a balanced  easy going male dog as a mentor.

If you are interested in meeting her, please complete our Adoption Application

PWD Angel

Thank you to  Millie Groobey for being Oprah's angel!

Thank you to Kimberly Kinsey for being Oprah's angel!

Name:  SIRI
Age: 12 years old
Disability: Blind
Breed/Weight:  Mix breed,  40 pounds

SIRI - 12 yrs old, came to us blind with an open gaping wound in her head

UPDATE: Siri has undergone 2 surgeries to repair her head wound and broken jaw,  she still is recuperating and has a few more procedures planned. She now has a great appetite and has  gained some much needed weight.

If you are interested in meeting her, please complete our Adoption Application

PWD Angel

Thank you to  Alexandra Fenton for being Siri's angel!

Meet the Deaf dogs at Pets with Disabilities
Living with a deaf dog has many advantages!  You can come in the front door, put your coat and bags down, before they know you're there and the greetings begin.  They are not thunder phobic.  The door bell does not create chaos.  Deaf dogs create a tremendous bond with their guardians - all communication is done with sight, so their eyes are always "on you".  We have met many people that have enjoyed learning "doggie sign language" and gotten creative in their heart connections to their dogs.  Deaf dogs seem to wag their tails as hard as any hearing dog, they love to chase their toys, cuddle, get belly rubs, and be with their person.  If you'd like a companion that won't complain about your singing voice or how loud you keep the TV - but will completely bond to your heart and moods -  experience the special relationship the deaf dogs love to have.

Name:  Bishop
Age: 4 -5 years old
Disability: Deaf
Breed/Weight:  Lemon Hound,  50 pounds

History:  Bishop was surrendered to a Virginia shelter as a stray. 

Bishop is a handsome hound, who is a true testament to the reputation of the wonderful temperament of the lemon hound. (we just love lemon hounds here at PWD)  A fun, active, goofy pup, that will put a smile on your face.  He just loves life.  He has flourished here at PWD and has made many new friends here. A sweet gentle soul good with people, dogs and cats! Bishop would do great in a secure fenced in area, with a playful hearing buddy or two.

He was also a  shelter favorite describing him as  gentle, quiet and affectionate. He has become a PWD favorite too! Another beautiful sweet hound that is ready for find his forever home. As with all our deaf and/or blind dogs - a fenced yard is a REQUIREMENT for his new home.

If you are interested in meeting him, please complete our Adoption Application

Meet the the 3 legged dogs and dogs with other physical disabilities - at Pets with Disabilities
We know these dogs have physical "disabilities" you can see - but they certainly don't have a disabled spirit.  They manage their missing leg or physical imperfection without missing a beat.  Their hearts are open, their eyes pleading for acceptance.  They may not be running marathons, but they will win your heart.

Name: Gilda
Age: 11 years old 
Disability" Large mammary tumor (will be hopefully be removed this week)
Breed/Weight: Mutt/45 lbs.

Gilda has a large mammary tumor we are hopeful it is benign and can be surgically removed so she can live many more happy and healthy years.

After receiving a 4th and 5th request about 2 seniors out of one of our local inner city shelters, we felt the need to reach out. Seeing senior dogs needing medical care and sitting in shelters, is so disheartening. So off we went to the shelter and we welcome Gilda to PWD. Gilda has a large mammary tumor we are hopeful it is benign and can be surgically removed so she can live many more happy and healthy years. Hopefully soon she will be ready to share her “grey muzzles" or “sugar faces” with a very special family. There is nothing more gratifying to the heart and soul than to adopt a senior dog with special needs. We will keep you posted and hope that one special family will send us an email saying , we are interested in helping!

She has a lot of life left and are extremely dog friendly, and have settled in nicely to our rescue setting.

UPDATE: This week, Gilda had her appointment to see our surgeon to explore our options to remove her mass. After reviewing her case and doing pre-op imaging, blood work and x-rays, it was discovered her tumor had metastasized to her lungs and lymph nodes. We made the decision to still remove her mass and give her quality of life. Dr.Garnett and his staff did a great job. Her mass is gone, and she is now back at the rescue and doing GREAT. She has even more pep in her step and her zest of life is unreal! After a brisk walk around the yard Gilda will settled in her area with a peanut butter filled Kong or bone. We hope to find a kind person to open up their heart to this sweet senior dog, for whatever time she has left on this earth.

If you are interested in meeting here, please complete our Adoption Application

Age: 11 years old
Disability: Left facial paralysis and hip dysplasia, being medically treated.
Breed/Weight: Boxer/Dane mix 60 lbs.

History - After receiving several requests about Jeeves, from one of our local inner city shelters, we felt the need to reach out. Seeing senior dogs needing medical care and sitting in shelters is so disheartening.

Considering the life Jeeves has had, he is doing remarkably well here at PWD. He was a stray several times at the shelter, then finally his family never came back for him. Jeeves has unknown left facial nerve paralysis that means he will need help with artificial tears in his left eye since his blink is very weak, his head tilts a bit and his lip droops a bit too. Kind of makes him pretty sad looking, but on the contrary he is far from sad and still has quite a zest for life, and a very agile dog considering his orthopedic issues. He loves the other dogs, loves his outside time, (very housebroken) but most of his time he is snoozing on a comfy bed in our office. He was a shelter favorite and we can understand why, a sweet dog! We hope to find a kind family to open up their heart to this sweet senior dog.

If you are interested in meeting him, please complete our Adoption Application




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

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

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

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

If you are interested in meeting him, please complete our Adoption Application


Name:  Kobe
Age: 5 years
Disability:  Healed broken back leg, limps but functional
Breed/Weight:  Shepherd mix, 70 pounds

History: Kobe was definitely someone's "junk yard dog", a very neglected outside dog, who has suffered at the hands of humans.

He is a bit anxious being inside, so has been crate trained and is now comfortable with this.  He loves to be outside and is good with female dogs. His best friend at the rescue is Oprah. He will need a fenced yard. Kobe has decided people are great, greeting people at the gate every morning.  If you have a treat available for him, he's your best friend. He is a handsome guy, looking for a patient, understanding home as he continues to understand all life has to offer.

Kobe is on a special diet - and will potentially need to continue for the rest of his life.

If you are interested in meeting him, please complete our Adoption Application

PWD Angel

Thank you to  Island Creek Associates, LLC
for being Kobe's angels!

Thank you to  Kristen, Geoff & Kevin
for being Kobe's angels!

Thank you Janet Cromer
for being Kobe's angels!

Name:  Sally
Age: 3 years old
Disability:  Missing Left eye, from past injury
Breed/Weight:  Terrier Mix, 38 pounds

History:  Sally was a stray in a West Virginia shelter 

As Sally waited for her transport to PWD, she was fostered by a wonderful family who described her in one word FUN! "This high-energy, one-eyed gal is all about playing, with dogs, humans, cats, whomever is interested and willing! She also can amuse herself with toys if no playmates are available. But after playtime is over, Sally  loves nothing more than a nice long snuggle session with her favorite people and dogs. She also provides free face and ear cleanings to her human and canine companions! Sally walks nicely on lead but would benefit from training to perfect her skills. She also does well in a crate, is housebroken, and only occasionally barks. She’ll greet you at the door after a long day by literally leaping into your arms. She would do  best in a high-energy home where everyone loves to snuggle, play, and give kisses as much as she does!" 

Sally has arrived at PWD and as well described, she definitely isa FUN pup. She has adjusted great with her new fur friends and rescue routine,  BUT she is ready to move on to her forever family! She will need a  fenced yard with playful dogs. Sally is vetted, and her eye removal has healed.

If you are interested in meeting her, please complete our Adoption Application


Name: Kona
Age:  5 months old
Weight: 25 Lbs.
Disability:  Back end weakness,  needs surgery
Breed: Boxer/terrier mix

History: Kona was a found as a stray and landed in a neighboring shelter.

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

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

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

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

If you are interested in meeting him, please complete our Adoption Application

PWD Angel

Thank you Gerald DuRousseau
for being an angel for Kona

PWD Angel  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!!

For $350 (less then $1/day) - you can matter in the life of a dog - Receive an "angel magnet" and updates from your dog.....  or for just $30/month - sponsor a dog living at PWD or waiting for their forever home.

New Arrivals


Disabled Dogs at PWD currently unavailable for adoption 


These dogs will have extended time at the rescue for healing, rehab or socialization.   
Pets with Disabilities needs on-going operational funds to support the care for these dogs.   
Along with being physically disabled,  these  dogs  were neglected  in other ways  and need extra 
medical  care from us;  or  dogs  that need to be quarantined and special monitoring;  
or dogs come to us with emotional scars and  need some extra TLC....... 
We hope in time these dogs will come around and a forever home will be found.   
We cannot carry the load alone.   Please generously support Pets with Disabilities.  Thank you

Disabled Dogs that have a permanent home at PWD 

These dogs are not available for adoption, 
but of course need to be cared for everyday by the sole caretaker at the rescue

Huey - Deaf Dog

Ernie - wheelchair dog

Dixie - wheelchair dog

Megan - Blind dog

Hank prosthetic foot

Lucy -  3 legged

Sandy - broken back

Pierce - Club feet

Charlotte - wheelchair dog

Janie -  ???

Blaze - Blind dog

Maverick - Seizure dog

Clyde - Neurological issues


Click here to meet the PWD residents

With 12 permanent resident's we have limited space - and very limited resources to add dogs to the rescue program.  We can only take ADOPTABLE disabled dogs - with no temperament issues.  We will always provide whatever assistance we can - but, that won't always mean we have room at Pets with Disabilities.


the Duke & Misty Memorial Fund

The sole purpose of the Duke & Misty Memorial Fund is to provide funding to support the needs of paralyzed wheelchair dogs.  These funds will be used to purchase wheelchairs for needy families wanting to keep their dogs, for educational and support resources,  and to seek out extraordinary people to help dogs like Duke and Misty find their way to a better life.  This is surely a great way to honor their life.


Misty, an awesome pup with a inspirational spirit, sat in a shelter outside New York City for over five years. Nobody wanted to adopt Misty because her little body was broken. Mike and I learned about Misty, and immediately went to NY and adopted her. Misty became an icon. She allowed pets and kisses from thousands of folks who met her at different events we attended year after year.  She changed the minds and hearts of everyone she met - helping them realize that a wheelchair in no way takes away from the energy or the spirit of the canine heart.

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$6.00 including shipping

Spay and Neuter Ribbon
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$6.00 including shipping

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