All of our dogs at Pets with Disabilities are disabled.  They are the dogs that are overlooked because of “the defect” people see on the outside - people typically aren't willing to take the time to see the wagging tail of the deaf dog chasing the ball across the yard, or the blind dog going up a flight of stairs to get the treat or hug they know is waiting for them, or the 3 legged dog run like the wind with their friends in the joy of living. 

As you read their stories - please consider making a "Heart Connection"  with one or more. 
They each have their own unique gifts of joy and love of life and need your support.


Pets with Disabilities is we are located in Southern Maryland. 
(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.


Meet Sampson, a very docile handsome senior hound/collie mix. After having a home for over 9 years Sampson landed back in a rural Virginia shelter due to the health of his adopter. While at the shelter the 2nd time, he suddenly became blind. Sampson has been diagnosed with SARDS, Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration. This is not a painful condition and there is no therapy for it.

Sampson is adjusting slowly to his lack of vision, and will need a patient person to help him navigate in his new home. He loves to be outside so a secured fenced in area would be great and wide open indoor floor plan in his home would be beneficial for him. Sampson is eager for human attention and is good with other dogs and cats. He also is good on lead. This older guy has grabbed our hearts. With a little guidance and vocal coaching he has learned his new routine here quickly, and he loves taking naps and being sprawled on his bed!

Will you make a heart connection with Sampson?


Walt came to us from a rural Virginia shelter. After seeing his picture it was obvious that his needs were beyond what the shelter could provide and he needed help ASAP. Those days are now behind him and we are hopeful only good days are ahead! We are glad he has arrived at PWD, and our vet team was able to see him quickly.

Walt had a full exam, to rule out any underlying conditions that he might have that would have contributed to his emaciation. So far, it actually looks like neglect. Walt will now be fed regular meals, dewormed, and given skin-soothing medicated baths. We hope that he will gain some much needed weight in the weeks ahead. If not we will be back at the vet for more testing. For now, Walter is happy to be running around the yard, and sniffing all the new smells, oh and of course getting fed several times a day.

To assist Walter on his new life adventure, we are asking you to join the “Fatten Up Walter Fund!” Maybe forego one of your favorite treats, and send that money to "Walter’s Bowl of Bucks,” so we can get this beautiful boy back on track! I don’t know about you, but here at PWD, we see a gorgeous kid waiting to blossom with the help of all our PWD friends and supporters!! (click here to donate)

UPDATE:  Walt has gained over 10 lbs in 2 weeks, he is happy as ever. He is a leaner and enjoys human attention, and has met several fellow PWD canine friends and been excited to play. He is well on his way to being ready to find his forever home.  This is what two weeks of regular meals, medicated baths, a clean environment and TLC look like!

Will you make a heart connection with Walter?

Walter before - upon arrival

Walter after - 2 weeks of true TLC


Please share Tate's story- He will need long term medical care!

Our local rescue colleagues asked us to accept Tate into our program. He had been previously treated for an un-diagnosed lung issue, and he desperately needed a quiet and calm place to live. Of course we said, “YES!” Tate fit perfectly into our senior home. He was doing great over the past couple weeks, until last Friday when things quickly went south. Tate stopped eating and could barely breathe. We rushed him to the ER where he received oxygen therapy, and a whole new set of medications, under the watchful eye of Dr. Guma, our Internal Medicine Doctor and Dr. Bonistalli and her ER staff were able to stabilize Tate enough that he was able to come home on Monday and we are so grateful.

Tate has a long road ahead of him but this boy is a fighter! He is not ready to give up, and neither are we. In order to help Tate, we are asking all of our PWD supporters to please pitch in with “T-Bills for Tate!” Ten and twenty dollar bills — and multiples of either —donated in Tate’s name. It’s amazing what we can do when we work together, so let’s AMAZE our Tate…… right back into good health! (click here to donate)

Will you make a heart connection with Tate - he needs several "Heart Connections"

Jefferson found a Heart Connection with Tanya Gott


Jefferson is "moving on up”   ——   to PWD.   Jefferson was found wandering the city streets.  After the shelter vets examined him, they thought humane euthanasia should be considered, due to his medical issues.  Our Regal Beagle House for seniors seemed like a better solution for Jefferson, so we reached out to bring him home.

When he arrived, we were surprised and pleased to see that he looked great —— full of life and happy to be somewhere safe.   No, Jefferson is not ready to leave the earth yet!!  Yes, he does have a host of medical issues including a neurological problem that leaves him with a not-quite-right gait.  We are addressing his ailments on a daily basis, and our vets have a plan in place.  All in all, he is a happy boy who likes his new home and people, and he deserves the best we can give him.  Because of the extent of his medical problems, we are asking all of YOU to please reach deep into those pockets and send a little something for Jefferson to help with his hospital bills.  Jefferson and PWD thank you for anything you can do to help!

Let’s help Jefferson to ‘finally get a piece of the pie!” 

Will you make a heart connection with Jefferson?

Jefferson Shelter Photo

Mason found a Heart Connection with Red Phoenix Entertainment, LLC
The Dover Family found a Heart Connection with Mason
Meet Mason!

Mason came to us from a NC Shelter. It was obvious his eye was super painful and probably needed to be removed. We quickly had him evaluated by our local eye specialist who agreed removal was the best option.

Mason had surgery to remove his eye. He recovered well, but it was discovered that he has a fungus in his body that is more common in the Carolinas called Blastomycosis. This fungus was found in his eye that was removed. Blastomycosis is acquired from the soil in certain areas of the US.

He very quickly took a turn for the worse so we took him to see our internal medicine specialist. Dr. Guma and her team took great care of Mason. He received fluids, blood work, x-rays, ultrasound, urinalysis, cytology of enlarged lymph nodes, and is now on a slew of medications to hopefully kill this fungus and get him back to good health again. He has a long road ahead of him. He will feel pretty bad for a little while. But we are hoping with the proper medicine and some TLC he will be back to his normal self soon! Keep Mason in your thoughts as this has taken a toll on the sweet boy.

As you can imagine this extraordinary vet care comes with its costs for the rescue. We appreciate every dollar donated. It all helps us keep rolling here and allows us to rescue those in the most need. Mason's Fundraising Newsletter Make a donation to Mason's vet care here.

He is a smart, sweet boy. He enjoys human affection but also loves to curl up in a comfy dog bed. Mason is believed to be 6 years old, and is about 52 pounds

Will you make a heart connection with Mason

TY found a Heart Connection with Jessica Clark

Welcome the elegantly tuxedoed Ty! This beautiful 2-year-old mix was in desperate need of rescue, and PWD happily stepped up! (Much to the relief of the local rescue system, which was not equipped to handle his difficulties.)

Ty is a paraplegic and spent the past year (yes, half of his life) dragging around his terribly malnourished body. Just days ago Ty’s life was on the line, but he arrived at PWD and was fitted with his first set of wheels. He is already zooming around the yard with only a few minor hiccups! Amazing what a difference love, respect, good nutrition, and proper care can do for a vibrant canine like Ty!!

Will you make a heart connection with Ty? 

Halo found a Heart Connection with Kimberly Kinsey

HALO - a 6 yr old, 25lb cockapoo with a back injury. We received a phone call from a local young woman who had suffered a stroke that left her with one side paralyzed. Her beloved cockapoo, Halo, had suffered a spinal cord injury at about the same time. The phone call to us was a hard one for her, I could tell she loved her dog with all her heart, but she also knew she could no longer provide the care Halo desperately needed. This rescue was gut wrenching for us all, because Halo spent all of her time by the side of her fur mom, keeping her company as they both tried to cope with their adversities. Halo’s mom asked us to help and we did.

We told her we will give Halo the best life, either here at PWD, or with an adopter who understands Halo’s health. Halo’s journey with us begins today with grooming and a trip to the vet. Halo is an a amazing trooper who is still walking with assistance. She will have imaging done on her spine to determine if we can help improve her mobility. We are so happy we were in the position to help Halo and the fur mom who loves Halo so very much that she was willing to relinquish her, in order to give her the best possible life.

We will be posting new information on angelic Halo as we learn more about her and her condition. Do check back with us to see how she is doing, and for anyone who is interested in having a halo of their own, please consider becoming Halo’s angel or making a donation towards her care.

Update! She has been to the groomer!  We would like to give a shout out to Colleen at Rita’s Grooming for making Halo look and feel like a million bucks! Thank you so much!

Will you make a heart connection with Halo?

Meet ANNA - a 1 yr old, 26 lb Border collie/Terrier Mix.  We believe she originally came to MD on a transport out of Texas. She came to us very thin, without any vetting. So, once we get a little more weight on her and get her vaccinations up to date - she will be evaluated by our Orthopedic team. She is extremely shy, but SO sweet. She is eating well - and once we leave the room, we get a chance to see her curious nature as we watch her from a distance.

UPDATE: Anna is spending some time in a foster home. Since her arrival, she has been diagnosed with IBD - and it took months to get her digestive system in balance to allow her to gain weight. She is on a special food - and will be for the rest of her life. In her foster home, her world became a LOT smaller - and it's been very good for her. She LOVES other dogs - and the 4 dogs in the foster home have gained her trust and are teaching her that the world (and people) are not as scary as she thought. She does have a rear right leg that she doesn't use - but, she is not in pain and it does not hinder her walking or playing. She has vision in both eyes - although missing some pigment.

Anna has become very comfortable with her foster mom, taking treats (only her food!), chasing a toy, and getting lots of petting. When they have a visitor, she tends to hide - so she is working on learning that ALL people are OK! She is very sweet and has really become a member of the "pack" with the routine.

Will you make a heart connection with Anna? 

Charity Hix has a Heart Connection with Molly - Thank you!!
Molly found another Heart Connection with Jane Gang

Molly is a 10yr old blind dog that came to us from a shelter in West Virginia.  Molly's plea was sent out to MANY rescues, but all rejected her due to her age and disability. Finally PWD was contacted and we couldn’t turn our back to this cute pup. Molly is a survivor, only weighing about 20 lbs. when picked up by animal control.  She was blind, malnourished and so weak, she could barely walk. Finally after some much needed TLC she gained weight and strength, and her mobility has returned to almost normal. Her personality has blossomed too. She is good with other dogs, but due to her history she is a little fearful of them getting into her bubble.

She loves her bed, food time, and when outside loves to snuggle in a bed of leaves, comforts she has never experienced. We think that one level living in a quiet environment would be best for her. She is a quiet easy pup to manage, she sleeps a lot. She can be placed with other dogs, but they should be patient and tolerant with her. We can't erase history for Molly but we can make her future bright, safe and trusting! 

She is in need of a "heart connection".

HOSPICE FOSTER HOME FOUND:  We continue to admire the hearts of "good people"! Molly's foster mom followed the website for over a month and finally felt compelled to come meet her when the request for a special foster home was posted. Even with all of Molly's  health concerns this kind woman had no hesitations to take her home. We all believe this is Molly's first real home, and she still seems a bit bewildered with her new surrounding but "she is  discovering what wonderful things live in kitchen cabinets" and that the "big cold box" has lots of food in it. Molly still naps most of the day and has  a cute little snore!"  A big heartfelt thank you to Molly's foster mom for opening her heart and home to Molly. We know they will have a wonderful journey together - one of love and understanding.

Molly  is still in in need of Heart Connections, as PWD will still be very involved with Molly's health and taking care of her medical bills. 

Molly going to her foster home

Jane Gentile found a Heart Connection with Bishop - thank you!

Bishop is a handsome 4-5 year old lemon  hound, who is deaf.  He  was surrendered to one of our Virginia shelters we partner with.  He is  about 50 lbs., fun, active, goofy pup, that will put a smile on your face.  He loves attention, and will curl up and lay on just about anything. He has flourished here at PWD and has made many new friends here. A sweet gentle soul good with people, cats and great with kids.  However, Bishop has some possession issues  with other dogs and so we do feel he does needs to be an only dog.   Bishop would do great in a secure  area or leash walking. 

UPDATE: Bishop’s life change here at PWD when very experience and compassionate foster person came to visit with some of our pups. She asked if she could help Bishop. (of our long timers here at PWD) This is her first experience with a hearing impaired dog and a hound! In his first days they have accomplished a lot together! Here is her first update

He had a better night last night. He is in the doggy suite now for while in preparation to a longer stay tomorrow when I go to work. Have only heard him bark once or twice. He is a sweet boy and it is funny, we are working on sitting before we go thru a doorway, and while he is getting the hang of it before we leave the house, going back in is another story. He is smart and knows what I want but he will actually turn his head away from me like a stubborn child how doesn’t want to do something. I have lots of time so I just wait til he decides to sit, however briefly, he gets a piece of kibble then we go in but it is so funny to see him actually turn his head as if to say, nope not doing it. I normally wouldn’t be doing this this soon but he is so smart, that I think he needs and can do these simple challenges. He gets a treat and a thumbs up sign each time he does something good. He gets a high value treat, a tiny piece of chicken, each time he potties outside as inside still is an issue.


Oct 1st - Foster mom UPDATE: Bishop has been amazing in short time he has been here. Has he been a perfect angel, no, but in just two weeks he has learned the signs for come, sit, wait and down. He sits and waits to go out and to come inside and he sits and waits for his breakfast and dinner. His leash manners vastly improved once he became comfortable with his new walking areas. Is he 100% no, but then who is, he is still a work in progress and with each day we practice, he improves a bit more and is proud of himself, you can see by the smile on his face.

With any dog, if you want them to do something you must first get their attention usually by calling, clapping etc. but Bishop is deaf so you have to get his attention another way. To help with this challenge, he just got a present, a vibrating collar. Over the next few weeks we will be working on training with him to understand that the jiggling of his collar means look to me for a command sign. This will be a learning experience for both of us, there will be lots of treats involved, chicken for him, hot fudge sundaes for me, He is so smart bet he does much better than me.

Bishop is thrilled to have visitors come to the house, male or female, young or old, he loves them all. He is respectful, does not jump but follows them everywhere in the house. He loves his walks, running in the yard and chilling on the deck. I know he would love to go hiking or jogging, something this foster would love to do with him but can’t ....Could you?


Oct 21st - Foster mom UPDATE: Bishop continues to amaze me. He is a love, full of energy who lives to explore new sights and smells...especially the smells as his nose works overtime. He would be a great walking or hiking companion provided he was always on a leash. He is always thrilled greet anyone he meets along the way with a tail that doesn’t stop wagging.  We had to abandon the vibrating collar as it really frightened him even set on the lowest setting and are now exploring others ways of communicating. As long as treats are part of this process Bishop is always happy to try


His Aunt Jane gave him two doggy puzzles and he ❤️ 💕 💗 the challenge ( and of course all the treats he uncovers)


Will you be Bishop's "heart connection"?

Updated July 2019

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