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Disabled Dogs for Adoption  
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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 donít 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  donít 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:   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 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 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:  Dean
Age:  6 years old
Weight: 50 pounds
Disability:  blind

History: Dean was surrendered to our local shelter, blind, dirty and frightened. (We had to carry him out of the shelter)

Dean 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 living!!

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 canine friend.

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

Age: 7 year old
Breed/Weight:  Hound mix
Disability:  Blind - 50lbs -
unsocialized, cautious, fearful but NOT aggressive with humans or dogs.

Blaze  suffered  severe eye trauma resulting in his blindness, most likely a hunting accident.  His right eye was extremely painful and  needed a total eye enucleation.  Blaze had his eye enoculated and has healed beautifully. 

All of Blaze's medically issues have finally been addressed and he is definitely  per our vet "medically stable."  He will remain on a kidney diet, (which we will provided by PWD and will continue taking prozak prescribed by our internist to help with his social anxiety.    He has been on his meds for many months and has seem to help him. Over time Blaze has gotten very comfortable with us, routine and his environment. We would love for Blaze to have an experienced  home or foster home. A patient family with a confident dog, he does like the company of other dogs and definitely needs to have dogs in his life.

If you are up for a rescue challenge please contact us.

PWD Angel

Thank you to The Dover Family
for being Blaze's angel!

Thank you  Robert Amos for being an angel for Blaze

Thank you Kristen Tlachac & Kevin Regalia
for being an angel for Blaze

These 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.

Name:   Jillian
Age:  3 years old
Weight:  60 lbs.
Disability:  blind
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 her love."     

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.

PWD Angel

Thank you Rosalie Buck for being an angel for Jillian

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:  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:  Millie
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 doomed.    

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 couldnít leave the shelter without her.

Eyes donít 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. 

UPDATE: 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.

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

PWD Angel

Thank you Rosalie Buck for being an angel for Millie

Name: Clyde
Age:    6 years old
Disability:   3 legged and has some neurological damage.
Breed/Weight: Shepherd/hound mix 45 pounds.

History:  We rescued Clyde from an extremely  neglectful and sad situation.  Clyde has suffered severe nerve damage which left his rear leg dragging for months, an amputation was needed as soon as he arrived.  He was thin, scared and uncertain about his new life here but now that he has received MUCH needed medical attention, food and some reassurance life and other dogs can be safe, he is settling here.

We are still getting to know the new and improved Clyde, we unfortunately have no idea how Clyde suffered  his nerve damage, as a result his back end is not as strong as his front end.  He is a trooper and does the best he can on 3 legs.  He has handled his disability like a champ. 

Clyde is now getting the nutrition he needs, his coat is looking better, he is gaining weight, and loves human attention.  He is smart dog, follows directions well, he will be a very loyal protective k9 companion. Clyde definitely exhibits the traits of the true German Shepherd spirit.  We feel Clyde would do best in a quiet home with easy access to the outside due to his neuro issues, he would do great with a smaller dog or no dogs. If you have interest in learning more about Clyde,  we can explain more about him in depth.

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

PWD Angel

Thank you to  Jessica Clark for being Clyde's angel!


Age: 8 years old
Disability: burn victim
Breed/Weight:  Mix breed,  50 pounds

MESEDA- 8 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 bandage changes

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

PWD Angel

Thank you Rosalie Buck for being an angel for Meseda

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 couldnít 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.

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 -  ???

Ace - Bad hips

Maverick - Seizure dog

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

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