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Because their spirits aren't broken


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.


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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.

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!





Our goofy fun Dean finally found his forever home and she is over the moon in love with her new boy!  

"I really feel so blessed to have gotten Dean, he is such a great dog!  He and Missy get along like they have been together for years. I couldn’t of ask for anything better!  Oh forgot to mention, Dean is one big couch potato!" 

We just love happy endings!! 

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.





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.


ADOPTION PENDING

 

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!





Millie's finally found her family, and wow, is she ever loved more than ever! From her adopter, "Millie has brought so much joy, love and laughter into our family! She's the greatest snuggler dog ever! When she's not showing her exuberant affection, she's making us laugh with her goofy antics constantly. She loves jumping into everyone's beds, running with our other dog, Duke outside, playing with her many toys and bones, flopping over on her back and performing an amazing upside down kick boxing routine and snoozing in the sun. We can't imagine what we ever did without her - she is truly an amazing little lady!"

We miss you her at PWD, we too had lots of smiles and laughs with Millie's zest for life! Now she gets to share her love with a big family who truly appreciates her heart.

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 couldn’t leave the shelter without her.

Eyes don’t 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.

PWD Angel

Thank you Rosalie Buck for being an angel for Millie





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



Meseda's skin graft surgery was a huge success,  not only did she finally get her nasty wound closed for good,  she got a forever home during the healing process,  with her foster family.

They fell in love with her kind and gentle heart.  Meseda will spend her golden years locally,  no more pain, no more meds, no more daily wrappings,  life is finally great for this older gal!  Masada will be spending time with another PWD pup, Pippen, and her new feline friend.   

A big thank you to this couple who opened their hearts to help a dog who had extreme medical conditions. 

Name:  MESEDA
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

PWD Angel

Thank you Rosalie Buck for being an angel for Meseda




ADOPTION PENDING

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 

SPECIAL HEALING NOW UNDERWAY
These DOGS are currently NOT AVAILABLE 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.


   

Announcing  
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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