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.


Rhudi is a blind, 6 year old, 47 pound handsome hound. Rhudi was a stray found rural West Virginia. (Probably unable to hunt anymore due to his blindness.)

Lucky for Rhudi, he was in a great foster home before being transported to PWD. Here is some information from the foster mom: "Rhudi is very laid back - he slept thru the whole night on a bed in our bedroom with my other pups. He dances a jig at feeding time, and has had no accidents while in my home. With a little guidance he is able to go up and down stairs. He has no sensitivity towards thunder storms, does well on lead and roams freely in our backyard area and uses the doggie door! He has not a care in the world when it is storming. He has gone to work with me and has been a hit! He walks up and down the hallways greeting people, he is quiet and so well behaved. Rhudi is also cat friendly!"

Since Rhudi's arrival at PWD, he has transitioned to his new life with ease. He loves frolicking around the rescue yard with his new buddies. He does get excited for mealtime but then settles nicely in his apartment. Rhudi would make a great addiction to any family! A hard fenced yard will be a requirement for his new home

Will you make a heart connection with Rhudi?


Scooby is a sweet 8 year old vision impaired mix. When we saw the picture of Scooby at the shelter he looked totally defeated. When he arrived at PWD, he needed help fast. He had ear and eye infections along one of the worst skin conditions we had seen here. He is also heartworm positive. His physical and mental condition was beyond what our primary care vet team could handle, so he landed in the care of our internal medicine doctor. After several different tests, it looks like Scooby's horrible condition was all from neglect.

Scooby has been in our care for a few months now, and he is definitely feeling better. We now see him trotting in our yard and loves his new found comforts, a cozy bed, clean area, daily meals, great vet care, and he seems to understand we are here to help him. Scooby has been a great patient and his slowly coming back to life.

Scooby still has a long road to good health but we are confident that he will recover and be in a new home in early 2021. He could use a few "heart connections" to help with his medical bills and heartworm treatment.

Will you make a heart connection with Scooby?


MEET SADIE & EMMY (a bonded pair)!

Sadie (a 13 year old beagle) and Emmy (a 15 year old Maltese) were relinquished to PWD recently. Unfortunately, their person could no longer care for them due to a busy and hectic work schedule. These friends are quite the "bonded pair" and they both have a lot of life left in them! They are good with other dogs, cats and humans. Emmy is a confident girl and is a great friend to shy Sadie. They definitely complement one another!

Sadie and Emmy are truly wonderful, balance dogs. They are doing amazingly well through such a big transition so late in their lives! They will only be adopted together. If you have a heart big enough for 2, they are waiting to hear from you. This pair does not need a big life, just some big love.

Will you make a heart connection with Sadie & Emmy?


Miles is a 14 year old beagle mix and is hearing impaired. He weighs approx 20lbs (a sweet PETITE guy!). Mile's person passed away and he found himself in our local shelter, needing help. He has fit right into our senior home (beagles love other beagles!). He does great with other dogs, cats and people! He still has a lot of spunk and life left in him! Do you have any room in your home or heart for this sweet senior.

Will you make a heart connection with Miles?



Manny is a one year old Westi Mix. He weighs about 25 lbs. and is as cute as a button. Manny was born with a disorder of the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls coordination. Manny functions like a normal pup, but has a cute little off balance gait that makes him more adorable. (Manny's person went into a nursing home and he was scheduled for euthanasia until a kind person stepped up and contacted us.)

Manny has been in a foster home for the past few weeks, and has learned to live and play with dogs! His foster folks have reported how fascinating it’s been to watch how great he is doing! Manny plays with their puppy, and also respects the other dogs and cats in their home. He is crate trained, loves human attention, and will follow his person all around the house! Manny will need one-level living, and will not be able to navigate a flight of stairs.

Will you make a heart connection with Manny?



Bo is now safe in our hands at PWD. The brief history we received on this little guy told us his last 6 years have been a nightmare, mistreated, neglected and abused. It’s cases like this when we wish animals could talk and tell us their story.  When Bo arrived we quickly noticed he was mentally dull, broken spirit, visually and hearing impaired. From his original shelter records, Bo was able to see and hear when he was adopted in 2019. We can only imagine what he was thinking when he arrived here -  Wondering how he would he be treated in this new place. 

Although still tentative, Bo is coming out of his shell a bit, under the comforting care of our great pack of Beagles. We are certain they have told Bo that he finally has made it to a haven of loving care…… that he is finally SAFE!

Now we must work to improve Bo’s physical and mental health, if possible. The first step was an MRI Bo had in an effort to determine why he suddenly became hearing and sight impaired. One of our veterinary team, Dr. Neravanda,  called with the upsetting results. Over the past year somehow Bo suffered blunt force trauma to the head resulting in a Subdural Hematoma. This injury directly effects visual, hearing and thought processing. Now that we have a diagnosis we will be waiting on a plan of action to help our sweet little boy. 

Bo is in need of a little help to SEE him through! We know PWD supporters always HEAR our pleas, so reach into those winter coats and grab all the money you forgot you left there…... then send it to PWD for our bodacious Bo! Any tiny spirit that can survive all that Bo has, is one amazing soul.
Donations can also be made directly to the vet hospital towards Bo’s medical expenses:  Dogs and Cats Veterinary Referral Center 240-335-2742 or sent to PWD.
Please help us give Bo the great, SAFE life he has fought so hard to find!!!

Will you make a heart connection with Bo?

Sampson found a Heart Connection with Teresa Sala - thank you!!

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 is approximately 7 years old and we believe he is a  Weimaraner/Vissla mix. He was a stray and landed in 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. Although not disabled, he needed a lot of TLC and we were in the position to help him.

Walt has had a full exam with our vet staff and any underlying disease has been ruled out! His body condition was strictly from neglect. Walt just need calories and some skin soothing medication baths. Since being here Walt has gained much needed weight (still needs a few more lbs.) and his skin and fur is looking so much healthier! Walt looks like a different dog. We have learned about  that Walt settles quietly, he is crate trained, he does pretty good on a leash and will gently accept treats from any human! He likes the company of other dogs and is great with all people. Walt most likely NEVER live in a home. He will need a patient family and a well manor dog to show him the ropes. He is a really nice dog and deserves a chance!

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 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"

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. We estimate he is 6 yrs old and approximately 50 lbs.

Mason had surgery to remove his eye. He recovered well, but it was discovered that he had 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.

After months of anti-fungal treatment, we are so happy to say that as of August 2020, Mason is FUNGUS FREE! We are proceeding with caution, and will continue his meds for one more month, and have a recheck two months after that,  but we are hopeful! Thank you to the medical team and Dr. Guma who took great care of Mason during his treatment.

Mason is now ready to be adopted and find a family to love forever. He is a smart, super sweet boy. He loves people and other dogs. He also enjoys a nice comfy bed to curl up on. We hope Mason will have a family to call his own soon! He has been through so much, but is now 100% healthy and ready to move on with his life.

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?

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)


July 2020 - Bishop is a sweet, quirky ,independent and stubborn guy and is a work in progress. He is not a couch potato, is quite active and loves to be able to see and be outside. He loves sleeping in the sun and watching the world go by from the security of my second story front deck. Inside, if anything is blocking his view he will remove it such as shades, blinds and curtains. His nose drives his brain, if he catches a scent, specially a rabbit he goes bonkers and should the rabbit run under the fence, he is lightening fast and will try his hardest to wiggle under after the bunny. As he is deaf he can’t hear if he is called so he will not respond to a recall and will be long gone in a heartbeat. To keep him safe, he is always leashed when we go outside. He loves his long walks everyday however he is a strong guy and at times can pull very hard on his leash so needs a strong handler. Would love to take him on car rides and trips but he get very car sick even with anti nausea meds

Bishop has a fairly active bladder which means multiple trips outside at dawn, during the day and evening hours are a must. He lets you know he needs to go outside by tipping things over, plants, small tables, fans etc., if it is on the floor, nothing is off limits , even the in floor air registers, he pulls them out of the floor. He repeats this quirky behavior when he decides it is his meal time. He can not be crated, if closed in a room, will destroy the door to get out and still can not go all day without an accident

He has learned hand signals and knows sit, wait and down. He loves people and long walks but is extremely picky about other dogs and can quite bossy I am told. I do not have a cat but understand he was fine with them? While he is normally fairly quiet, he has his moments of loud barking, not great if you have close neighbors


Will you be Bishop's "heart connection"?

Updated July 2019

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