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.

Dan found a Heart Connection made on behalf of Cindy & Craig Fry
for Cindy's Mom (Dani) and her brothers’ families: Steve, Glen, Ken & Bill

Dan found a Heart Connection with Tracy Musto



Dan is a 12 week old lab mix, left in a ditch and rescued by a good samaritan. Dan suffered severe fractures in both back legs. He is now safely in the hands of our orthopedic team and his legs have been repaired. He will need several weeks of recovery, but we anticipate he will be ready to meet his new family soon. As always, puppies need someone able to be home during the day and training with a kind understanding heart.

Will you make a heart connection with Dan?

Joey found a Heart Connection made on behalf of Cindy & Craig Fry and Nemo (Boykin Spaniel)
in loving memory of TIppe & Tyler (our Jack Russell Terriers)



All the stars in the universe were aligned to help this wee one!  Joey is a 12 week old lab mix puppy. He had a severe break in his left femur due to an unfortunate accident. What do you think the chance would be for this puppy to make it to Maryland and have surgery to fix his leg the day before a big holiday?? We think that chance would normally be slim to none. HOWEVER, with a team of dedicated rescue folks, little Joey arrived at 2:00 am Thanksgiving "eve" and had his surgery! This little guy has been through a lot. He is a little confused but the great staff at MASH has been giving him comfort and lots of attention! Joey has a lot to be thankful for this holiday, and we would be thankful to any and all who could help with getting him out of pain and up on all 4 legs again. We are looking at over $3,000.00 for the surgery, and it will take more for recovery and rehabilitation. Please consider helping Joey with his expenses! This little pumpkin is SO worth it!! Please share.

Will you make a heart connection with Joey?

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LUCA is a very sweet 2 year old border collie no other rescue would consider. The shelter was concerned with major neurological concerns, we decided to give him a second chance since he was on the euthanasia list. He was taken from the shelter to our medical team and they recommended an MRI to rule out any physical reasons for his quirky behavior. The MRI was completed and showed no abnormalities, so now Luca is on medications and is in an experienced foster home, learning how to be a border collie again.

Luca loves people and gets long with all dogs.  He is very sound sensitive, but has found the tennis ball and treats can calm some of the sound worries. We anticipate Luca needing several months in his foster home.

Will you make a heart connection with Luca?



Turtle is a fabulous senior that came from our local shelter. She needed medical attention that the local shelter could not manage. So, after a "spa" treatment, she moved into our Senior Regal Beagle house to wait for her surgery. She gets along with other dogs and all kinds of people.  She will be looking for her new home soon. Please fill out an application if interested in meeting Turtle.

Will you make a heart connection with Turtle?

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Penny found a Heart Connection with John and Mya Marcantuono, in memory of their beloved ZoZo
Penny found a Heart Connection with Julie Kidd, In Memory of Pam Dover
Penny's fur-mom had 6 nieces and 1 nephew - a Heart Connection has been made on their behalf - Ashley,
Dorothy, Katelynn, Margaret, Everett, Helen and Leanna from the Dover family


Penny was a 2-year-old stray in our local shelter in 2018. She had a large painful and aggressive osteosarcoma on her left front leg. This medical issue prevented any other rescue from offering help. A 2-year-old with this form of cancer is rare and the prognosis is terminal... Why did we say "yes"? It's heartbreaking to think about such a young dog dying in the shelter without knowing what her past was. So many dogs in this country die that way.

Penny had her painful leg amputated and was adopted in 2018. She became an ambassador for living life to the fullest, for as long as you can, greeting everyone with a wag and a smile on her daily "3 legged" walk around the neighborhood. Penny is back with us at PWD due to the death of her "fur-mom" (a wonderful woman that truly loved Penny). Our intention was to welcome Penny to the sanctuary thinking her prognosis was still terminal - but, our vet can't find any indications of the cancer. Penny will be under going some more tests - and her bio will be updated. 

Will you make a heart connection with Penny?

Keiny found a Heart Connection with Sharon and Christopher Hughan in memory of their dog Emma

Meet Keiny, a 12 year old female pit mix with mild hearing impairment. She was taken away from her fur mom at 12 years old due to breed restriction policies and found her way to an organization we with work with frequently. They reached out to us to help. Her fur mom did not want her life to end in a public shelter, which would have been so unfair for this GREAT dog! Keiny has an awesome temperament, she is good with all humans, young and old, other dogs and cats. Our vet could not believe she was 12 she is extremely healthy and still pretty spunky! She likes a good toy and running all over the yard - an amazing dog.

She would make a great addition to any family who has big heart for seniors!

Will you make a heart connection with Keiny?


Please meet Auggie, a 5-year-old Beagle boy who was recently relinquished to PWD, because his family could no longer care for him. We are Looking forward to helping him through his journey to four legged mobility (paws crossed!).

Auggie has compressed discs which impacts his hind legs, making it so he cannot use them. He tries hard, but just cannot get up and walk! He is able to stand on all four's for a few seconds and then will fall over. He thinks it’s a “drag”, and his Neurologist, fortunately, thinks he is an excellent candidate for surgery! Spinal Surgery is extremely expensive. However, any of us in the same predicament would jump at the chance to have surgery that allowed us to walk again, and, with YOUR help, today is Auggie’s day to finally get the medical attention he needs and deserves!

We hope you will get up on your own two feet and make a donation towards Auggie’s surgery, so he can get off his duff, and do all the things he was meant to do….especially DANCE!! Let’s all get down and donate, so Auggie can get up and BOOGIE!!

UPDATE: Auggie had his surgery and he is walking!!  It will be several weeks of leash walking and limited activity - but with all the dogs that have come thru PWD, he is our FIRST spinal surgery and we are very excited about his progress.  Here is a video we took days after surgery

Will you make a heart connection with Auggie?

Apollo found a Heart Connection with Calvert Restoration LLC- thank you!!



Apollo, an 8 year old , 75 pound, blind Yellow Labrador Retriever rescued from a rural VA Shelter. He was given up to the shelter by his former "owners" because they were moving. Apollo is great with people, cats and children (we recommend age 5 and over due to his size). Apollo is great with our neutral pack of canines here at the rescue. They are all adult or senior in age. We feel he would do well with a confident, laid back, friendly adult/senior canine companion.

He is a sweet beautiful dog, a diamond in the rough!  Apollo has been vetted and ready to find a home!

We are looking for a patient family that will take the time to make him shine.

Will you make a heart connection with Apollo?

Scooby found a Heart Connection with David Lehner- thank you!!

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?

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, with limited stairs but Sampson might also be a great candidate for urban living, condo living or apartment living, he is a quiet dog and very good on lead! Although he does well with dogs, he might prefer being the only dog in the home. This older guy has grabbed our hearts and with a little guidance and vocal coaching he will learn his new routine. He loves taking naps and being sprawled on his bed!

Will you make a heart connection with Sampson?

Tate found a Heart Connection with Catriona Bagley - thank you!


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
We have some great news to share today on the first day of 2021! We know 2020 was a tough year for many but for Mason it was an extraordinary year!

Mason, a 6 year old blind hound, was rescued from a high kill shelter in North Carolina and throughout the year he battled a deadly fungus that invaded his entire body. With the help of so many good humans he made a full recovery!!
First - The shelter who cared about him and contacted us.
Second- His incredible Internal Medicine team at Dogs and Cats Veterinary Referral Center
Third-All the people that donated to help this once thrown away hound in order for him to receive the care he needed.

We will always remember Mason here at PWD --- A dog that beat the odds! Even at the height of his illness he continued to show us his will to live and his love of life. Now, Mason has a whole new group of fans, and his showing his hound spirit on Capitol Hill! The many round trips to the hospital were SOOOOO worth it to see him in a loving home this holiday season! How awesome is this ending, or really a new beginning! Congratulations 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 years old and approximately 50 pounds. Mason is blind, but don't let that fool you, he gets around just fine by using his sense of feeling, hearing and that hound nose :)

Mason has had a long journey with us here and NOW needs to find his family and another trusting place to call home. He is a smart, super sweet boy, loves humans of all shapes and sizes, great with other dogs and cats. He is house broken, good on lead and car rides. Mason likes being outside but also will settle on a nice comfy bed to curl up on. We hope Mason will have a family to call his own soon! What a great holiday gift that would be for him.

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 January 2021

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