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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.

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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: 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.

PWD Angel

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

Thank you to Kimberly Kinsey for being Oprah'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:   Princess
Age:  7 years old
Weight:  60 lbs.
Disability:  Deaf
Breed:   Ausie/lab mix

History: Princess was relinquished to a rural Virginia shelter after her fur mom passed away.

Princess is a very loving smart dog. Although she is deaf, she is alert and very tuned into her surroundings. Her recall is phenomenal, when we need her to return to the barn and settle in her apartment she returns quickly with just a simple hand command. She even knows how to sit and give you her paw. (She will do anything for a treat!) She lives for her food, treats, and knuckle bones!

She has been a very easy dog, house trained, good on a lead, sleeps a lot but does love to go out and explore, crate trained and a good car rider. She would be great as an only dog or with an older calm dog.   Please consider making Princess part of your family!

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


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.

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. Bishop would also do very well as an only dog!

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:  SUMMER - Age: 8 years - Weight: 40  lbs.- Disability:  infection in rear leg, needs amputation - Breed: Lab  mix

A local vet office asked if we could step in on Summer's behalf (Unfortunately her family was unable to take on the expense or care she needed). Summer, 8 years old, suffered severe trauma to her left rear leg. Left untreated & now extremely infected to the point she needs immediate specialized medical care. Summer will undergo an amputation and will remain in the hospital until she is stable and healthy to return to PWD and find a forever family.

Sweet Summer has returned to PWD after her amputation surgery. She is adjusting well and has now entered a new chapter in her life. She will be looking 15 pounds lighter and like a brand new lady in no time! Three legged life will be much easier once we get her to a healthy weight. One thing is for sure about this sugar face girl, she is sweet as pie and will make someone an awesome companion ❤️ Thank you all for your well wishes for Summer- they are working and her new life has begun!

Happy to report, our Rocky, now Oliver, has landed safely into the most loving hands! Oliver is this family's 3rd 3 legged pup adopted from us, and as you can see from his fur mom's update, Oliver came into this family's life just at the right time. We just love the Delio family!

Many of you know that my beloved companion, protector and former PWD dog, Jake, passed away suddenly on August 5th. I was completely devastated by the loss of my “big guy”. I couldn’t imagine life without him. Thankfully, just weeks earlier, Joyce introduced me to an active, uber smart and crazy Border Collie mix who is now known in the Delio family as the terrible teenager Oliver. Oliver is a constant challenge and a complete joy! He has such a zest for life and doesn’t let the loss of a limb slow him down. Oliver is curious and fearless; he is a whirlwind of energy one moment and a curled up ball of peaceful love the next. New dogs never replace our old dogs, but somehow they find that extra space in our hearts that we didn’t know existed. Thank you PWD for saving Oliver so that he could fill our empty space.

Name: Rocky
Age: 7 months old
Weight: 35 lbs.
Disability: 3 legged
Breed:  Border collie

History: A kind Samaritan witnessed Rocky being hit by a car and the driver drove off. Fortunately for Rocky she stopped, scooped him up and got him to a vet, but his leg injury was so severe he needed an amputation.  It's not very often we have a young pup here, so hopefully we can find this vibrant smart pup a home very fast! Rocky stayed in a foster home after surgery. His foster mom  noted, "besides being adorable, Rocky does not let his 3 legs deter him, he is active, playful, and very smart and eager to learn."  Like many border collies, he totally understands what is expected of him. When Rocky arrived at PWD, he got used to the new routine at the rescue  overnight! He loves people, understands dogs, playful with the ones that will play with him and understands when the older ones want to  him to keep his distance.  He is also very respectful of the older dogs here.  He also has shown no anxiety when left alone, and entertains himself with a Kong or knucklebone. He is a great dog!    

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 

Sally has been in various foster homes as well as on-site at the PWD facility. However, she thrives in a home environment with a routine and lots of structure. She is a fast learner who wants nothing more than to please her owner and received their love and approval. While Sally may initially appear very high energy, she is learning each day to greet humans and other dogs more politely. She’s a confident, alpha female who would be good as an only dog or with a larger, non-reactive companion.

This one-eyed gal loves to play with humans or by herself. Tennis balls, squeaky toys and skinneez are some of her favorites. She also does puzzles and loves pupsicles (wet food frozen with water) on hot afternoons! Once playtime is over, Sally curls up near her foster for some much needed sleep.

Sally LOVES to give kisses to humans and other dogs and even lives with cats and a rabbit in her foster home. Normally, it is a peaceful setting unless one runs from Sally and she thinks they are playing chase! Therefore, she is working on her ‘here’ recall. While she occasionally has accidents due to excitement or changes, she has responded very well with structured routines and quiet time in her crate. Sally is perfectly crate trained and walks well on a leash. She knows the following commands- sit, down, off, stay, touch, watch, leave it, here, crate) and learns more each week at obedience class.

Within two weeks of being in her recent foster home, she patiently awaits mealtime by sitting and waiting for the ok command to begin eating. She also sits for her leash to be taken on and off when going out. She’s currently working on ‘leave it’ with treats (so tough as she’s food driven)! Sally is an absolute love and will bring her owner lots of joy!

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

PWD Angel

Thank you to  Pamela Park for being Sally's angel!

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

- Cancer

Kobe - Severe Medical


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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