Education · Support · Rescue · Shelter · Wheelchair Assistance
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
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!!
Age: 3 years
Breed/Weight: Besingi mix, 40 lbs.
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.
Thank you to
Millie Groobey for being
Thank you to Kimberly
Kinsey for being
|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.
Age: 4 -5 years old
Breed/Weight: Lemon Hound, 50 pounds
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!
you are interested in meeting him, please complete our
|Meet the the 3
legged dogs and dogs with other physical disabilities - at Pets
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.
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
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 ❤️
all for your well wishes for Summer- they are working and her new life
Roxy, has been adopted by a great couple who adore their 3 legged
pups! Roxy's new brother is also 3 legged! "Roxy is doing great! She
has mastered the doggie door and does fairly well going up ad
downstairs. Instead of the nice orthopedic bed we got for her she
prefers the couch, LOL. Roxy has a lot of personality and is very
playful. She and Zeppelin are yard pals and are constantly on
squirrel and rabbit patrol, thanks PWD she is a great addition to
Age: 4 years old
Disability: Missing part of her right leg, possible amputation needed
Breed/Weight: Lab Retriever mix 40 lbs.
Gracelyn landed at PWD when her family could no longer care for her.
a very quiet regal easy going dog. She is house trained, leash trained,
cat friendly and a great car rider. She loves human attention but is
absolutely fine chilling on her own with a big knucklebone. She is a 10
in our book and would be an awesome companion for any family! She was in
a foster home for a few weeks, from her foster mom: "We had the
opportunity to take care of Gracelyn for a short time. During the time
she was in our home we had no problems with her. She found a spot she
liked to lay, and she was happy and content. Gracelyn is fine with other
dogs, likes to chew on an occasional bone. She did not seem very
interested in toys. She loves a big comfy bed, and enjoyed to be
massaged under her neck area. We noticed she can be a fearful with loud
noises. She loved running in our yard! Gracelyn is good with children
and women, she seems to shy away a bit from men. As she got comfortable
with my husband she was fine. She is sweet loving dog for a family
willing to give her the love she deserves. "
has been adopted. This family returned to PWD to find a hopeful
companion for their daughter. We all felt Rosie was up for the task.
And she definitely fit the bill!
What a great family to adopt another dog in need but in
return Rosie has totally bonded with their daughter! Thank you from all
of us at PWD.
Rosebud, aka Rosie
Age: 1-2 years
Weight: 40 lbs.
Disability: Broken jaw and rear leg, all healed and no surgical
Breed: Hound mix
Sweet Rosie was adopted out by a GA shelter, but then was abandoned by
her family on a dirt road with a couple of her pups. She and her pups
were luckily rescued by a good Samaritan, who got her to safety and
transported to PWD. Rosie is a
very sweet quiet dog here at PWD. Rosy was a bit shy the first few days
then adjusted to her new surroundings and became playful with the other
dogs. She is now in a foster home and coming out of her shell even
more! She is doing great with children, other dogs and is gaining more
and more confidence every day! She would be a great addition to any
family!! Welcome to a better life Rosie! Hopefully your forever family
will be here soon too!
so graceful Gracie has officially been ADOPTED!
We are so happy to share the news
that she has landed with a wonderful family that connected with her
immediately. These two were not afraid of Gracie’s brain
abnormalities one bit . She continues to grow and thrive each week
learning new things. A BIG congratulations to Gracie and a bigger
thank you to her parents for having an open mind and an even bigger
heart ❤️ We can’t wait to see what her future holds and will
certainly keep in touch.
Here is an update from Gracie’s Mom
and Dad: “Gracie has been the most amazing addition to our family.
She has the best personality and her spunky energy is infectious.
She's enjoyed chasing our other dog, Mya, around the yard and
playing tug of war. When she's not running circles around the house,
you might find her sprawled out at our feet or curled up on her
"moms" lap. We are forever grateful for finding PWD and for them
taking a chance and allowing us to foster this little one, who is
now part of our family!”
Age: 6 - 7 months old
Disability: Brain abnormalities
Breed/Weight: Golden Retriever, 20 lbs.
History: Gracie was relinquished to
our local shelter. We got her to our neurologist immediately where
imaging was perform on her brain, and numerous brain abnormalities were
discovered. Her doctor believes something most likely happened to her in
utero. Gracie will not get better,nor will she get worse, and honestly
there is no way to predict what she is capable of learning.
an adorable happy young pup. However, due to her complex brain issues,
she will need a patient and compassionate person, or an older/mature
family (no children under the age of 15) to help her achieve
goals, train her in creative ways, and continue learning about her as
she gets older. Gracie is a miracle —it takes a few seconds for her to
understand what you want her to do, then she finally gets it. She is
amazing to witness. At this point we believe a one level home in a quiet
environment would be best for her and someone who has time to work with
She can be
placed with other dogs, BUT the
dogs also must be patient and tolerant of her. She might be best as an
only dog, as she gets very stimulated with too much action. Gracie
definitely will entertain herself, enjoys human attention, and is slowly
learning how to socialize with dogs.
Thank you to Michelle
Grimes for being
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
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!
you are interested in meeting him, please complete our
young 3 legged hound did not stay too long, because one of his
transporters simply fell in love during the 2 hours she spent with him
in the car! Mojo, now Cam, has settle nicely in his new home in
Virginia, with his very rescue friendly family! A note from his new
fur mom, " Cam plays hard with his doggie sister and 2 doggie brothers
and even licks the cats ears. Cam loves everyone and the feeling is
mutual. He is very treat motivated and his training has been a breeze.
We are so happy that we added him to our family" Thank you PWD!
(thank you too, for volunteering your time to transport
and falling in love with him!)
Age: 7 months old
Weight: 40 lbs.
Disability: 3 legged
History: Mojo was seen at dumpster, walking 2 legged. He was severely
injured. He lost one leg and luckily, we were able to fix the other leg.
What a traumatic life he has had for only being 6 months old, severely
injured and looking for food. Mojo was rescued by a kind person who
witnessed him by the dumpster, and got him to the vet, when we were
Mojo too stayed with a foster home after surgery. His foster mom
is a very playful energetic boy. Having a missing front leg does not
slow him down. He is a bit clumsy at times (front end gets over
balanced) d/t it, but that does not seem to bother him. He is in play
mode 75% of the time. He loves for you to through a ball for him and
play with stuffed animal with him. He likes chew toys. One of his
favorite things to do though is to put his one front leg in your lap, so
you can hold and rub his head. He LOVES his head and face rubbed on. He
is a little lover. He loves to hug and give kisses. If I had to sum Mojo
up in just a few words it would be “Mr. happy go luck”. He’s always in
a good mood."
Mojo arrived at PWD, and wow, what a great dog. He loves everyone and is
great with dogs, cats, children, and adults! Welcome to a better life
Mojo! Hopefully your forever family will be here soon too!
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!
you are interested in meeting her, please complete our
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