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 Penny & Copper!

This perfect pair came to us from a VA shelter where their former family could not properly care for them anymore. Penny arrived needing immediate surgery to remove her eyes due to painful glaucoma, she is also positive for Heartworm so treatment will begin soon!

The shelter quickly noticed that Penny and Copper are a very bonded pair. Copper serves as Penny’s eyes, and Penny returns the favor by “mothering” Copper. Their hope was that these two could be rescued together and re-homes together, and that is our hope too! We could not going to leave Copper behind just because he did not have a disability knowing how much he loved his sister.

So welcome Copper and Penny to PWD. They are both about 8 years old and 25 lbs. Copper is the energetic one and Penny is more chill. But when it is time to settle you can be certain these two will be cuddled together.  You can see how well they get along here (SO CUTE!)

We feel positive that we can find that special family that will have enough room in their hearts and home to adopt both of them so they can continue life together.

Will you make a heart connection with Penny and Copper?

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. 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


Meet Fritz, a 3 yr old, 3 legged dog. He is a gorgeous regal, 70 pound Shepherd/Husky mix. Fritz was surrender to the shelter with an injured leg. His "owner" stated he was hit by a car. Unfortunately his vet tried several ways to save his leg but ultimately the nerve damage was too severe and an amputation was required. He has touched many hearts along the way to his road to PWD.

From his foster mom: Fritz is a sweet, friendly fellow. He likes it when you hug him and he likes belly rubs. He is also a leaner. He will nudge your hand if he thinks you should be petting him. He is very good going in his kennel at night. He always does his business outside. He gets around so good on his three legs. He is fast! Fritz is good around other dogs and cats. He likes females better than males for some reason but he is never aggressive. He loves to lay down beside you and just hang out with you. Every time he sees you he comes to meet you and wags his tail. Fritz does sometimes like to tear up blankets and leashes so don't leave them where he can get them. We gave him a Kong toy with peanut butter in it and he loved it! He is a sweet, handsome, good boy that will steal your heart!

From his vet's tech- " I absolutely adore him, and I miss him so much. He was at my vet clinic and was spoiled rotten by me,. He deserves the BEST home!"

Fritz came to PWD and has settled nicely. His foster mom described him the best and he exhibits all the great qualities of a German shepherd. He is active, intelligent, loves to run even with 3 legs and he is a leaner! He is a bit cautious with new people but within seconds he warms up and is absolutely fine! He will be a great companion dog to one lucky person or family!

Will you make a heart connection with Fritz?

Macy found a Heart Connection with Kristen Burgers

Meet Macy! Macy found herself stranded in a busy Baltimore shelter where she was given up by her former family .

As you can imagine, her chances of being adopted from a busy public shelter at her age was slim. A plea was sent out to rescues and her sugar face spoke to us. A shelter is no place for a girl like her. She had given 12 + years of unconditional love to her family and definitely did not deserve to be euthanized due to space & breed discrimination.

So, Macy has joined the PWD family and so far is doing well! She has some lumps and bumps, and can't hear too well these days, but what do you expect for a senior girl like her?  She enjoys roaming around the yard for a bit then coming back in for a nap on her comfy dog bed. She is so quiet we almost forget about her!

Macy seems to enjoy the company of other dogs and even initiates play, very cute to see! We would love for Macy to find a retirement home where she is loved and cared for till the end because that is what she deserves. We will work hard to find this for her, but until then she is safe and loved here.

Will you make a heart connection with Macy?

Congratulations to Jade! She has found her forever family and after a successful cataract surgery has vision in one eye. Thank you to everyone that donated towards her surgery.  Here is an update from her family:

“Jade fit seamlessly into our already dog-centered life style. Jade came to us just before Christmas and spent the holidays with her new, very big, very busy family and her new doggy sister, Addie. Jade gets lots of walks, trips to the dog park and car rides, followed by tons of snuggles, hugs and kisses. She is always willing to bring us a toy and play, get a treat or learn a new trick. She is eager to be near us and involved in whatever we are doing. Everywhere she goes people always remind her of how beautiful and sweet she is. You can see on her face how appreciative she is for her new lease on life! “

There is a new precious gem in town —— “Jade” has arrived at PWD! Jade is a 3.5 year old visually impaired Aussie Mix. She is blind in one eye and has limited sight in the other due to cataracts. She has arrived in rescue because she accidentally walked into a tree, and her “owner” saw that as reason enough to have her put to sleep. Thankfully, the wise and wonderful doctor on her case refused to destroy this beautiful young being. The vet saw Jade’s unbroken spirit and knew she was perfect to love and be loved by her forever family — She just needed the chance to find them!

Custody of Jade was signed over and she was brought to PWD. So many changes for her in just one week, yet she has handled them with style and grace. Jade is a great dog showing the true nature of a young Aussie. She is attached to her person, loves toys, is wanting to please and getting along with any dog that is ready for a great game of chase. She is approx 60lbs - and has no problem displaying the Aussie "swag" with those gorgeous hips. Jade's visit to the Ophthalmologist has confirmed that due to a detached retina in her left eye, she is permanently blind in that eye - BUT, the right eye is a great candidate for cataract surgery, potentially giving her perfect vision in that eye. We are excited about the possibility giving the gift of sight to this fabulous girl. She is full of life and so deserves the chance.  Will you help with the cost of her surgery?  She will have a 4-6 week recovery before going to a new home. (donate here) She will be placed in a home with another young playful dog and a fenced yard.

Harley found his forever family right before Christmas and we just received this wonderful update from his new Mom:

“Harley is doing great! Loves to chase sticks in the yard and go on walks during the day. He loves to snuggle on your lap and watch animal shows on TV. He is slowly realizing that his humans do come home when they leave. When we go on walks he wants to say hello to every kid he sees and chase every wild critter he sees. His favorite spot in the house is the back door because he can see the whole yard and every squirrel or bird that comes to visit. We didn't save him, he saved us. He's our goober and we can't imagine life without him.”

Congratulations to Harley and to his new family

Harley is a petite, 3 legged, 4 year old, lab/Eskimo mix and weighing 32 pounds. (a perfect weight) Harley was hit by a car and severely injured his back leg. After learning he would need an amputation his family decided on euthanasia. Thank goodness the doctor on duty stepped in and talked the family into relinquishing their dog. Harley received the medical care he needed and he has arrived at PWD. Harley stayed with a family before transport, and they had nothing but great things to say about him!

"Harley is one happy boy. He loved everyone he has met including humans of every size and dogs of every size. Losing a leg has not slowed this boy down one bit. He loves to run and play and he is still super-fast! He was a huge cuddle bug and will jump on the couch or bed to snuggle with any person wanting a dog snuggle. He is crated trained and house trained. He also loved his walks. Marley was also great with my 2 young children!"

Since Harley's arrival we have noticed he is extremely interested in what's going on beyond our fencing. (chasing a squirrel is probably how he lost his leg) If his new home does not have a secured, fenced yard - he will need to be leash walked. He could potentially do very well as a "city dog". He is definitely housebroken, good on lead and quiet in his apartment. He is a really nice boy and would make a great companion!  

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? 

Our sweet senior Sunny has found her forever lap!  Sunny will live her life with her new fur mom and fur friend and will be "spoiled rotten." Her fur mom walks around with a bell so Sunny always know where she is, when she is not on her lap!   Thank you for opening up your heart and home to a senior! 

SUNNY a 14 year old Blind Cockapoo, (YES - this IS a beautiful, fluffy, temporarily "no hair" cockapoo!) has settled in nicely here at PWD's senior house. We received an urgent call from our groomer, "I'm grooming a dog that is being taken to a shelter to be euthanized. She is a sweet, blind, older dog - do you have room and can you come meet her NOW?" When a dog finds the "bridge to PWD", we don't question it and we don't hesitate. Sunny was very neglected, had never been to a vet or spayed, but was WAGGING HER TAIL - so happy to meet us. She has learned her surroundings quickly and is enjoying the company of the other pups and Reggie the cat at the senior house! She loves people, especially if they are interested in a lap dog. She follows us around the yard and does not hesitate to jump up on your legs to say "HI". She is a love - and deserves lots of TLC for remainder of her life.

Halo found a Heart Connection with Kimberly Kinsey

HALO - a 6 yr old, 25lb cockapoo with a back injury. Last week 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 COLE - a 4 mo old, 20lb Weinheimer/Lab mix. He was found in a back yard with 2 broken back legs - obviously in tremendous pain - and being neglected. A good Samaritan actually paid the owner to take him out of the yard and immediately brought him to the vet. Thankfully, the vet reached out for help and PWD was contacted. Initially, we thought he may need an amputation, but our orthopedic team decided they could give him 2 working back legs.

Cole has had his surgeries, is standing and his tail is still wagging. He will have several months of recovery and restricted exercise, but we are very hopeful that Cole will be running after a ball soon. We are accepting applications for Cole, but we will need to understand who he is and any  limitations he may have in his new home.

Cole's medical expenses have been extraordinary - we appreciate any support you can provide. 

Will you make a heart connection with Cole?

Meet ANNA - a 1 yr old, 21 lb Border collie/Terrier Mix.  We believe she originally came to MD on a transport out of Texas. She has limited vision and SEVERE orthopedic concerns. Upon initial evaluation, it seems like the "knee cap" on one of her back legs has been displaced or is missing.

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.

We anticipate a HUGE medical bill and a very long stay for Anna. Your financial support is NEEDED.

Will you make a heart connection with Anna? 

One look at Polly's face and you can see why we had to help her.
Welcome to PWD Polly. We promise to give you the TLC & medical care you so desperately need.

Polly came to us from a busy PA shelter. The shelter staff fell in love with her (how could you not?) and were frantically searching for a rescue that would take on her needs. It was Polly's lucky day when she arrived here! She is emaciated, has mammary tumors, a heart condition, GI issues & is hard of hearing. Considering all she has going against her, she has spunk and personality. She craves human attention and follows us around like a shadow. She fit in like a glove at our senior home. Now she has canine and feline companionship, a warm and clean place to sleep, proper meals throughout the day, and the medical care she so desperately needed!

Our first task is getting her to a healthy weight before we address some of her bigger issues. It took her several days, but she now has a good appetite and is eating well & taking her medications like a champ! She will be looking like a different pup in no time!

We will keep you posted in Polly's Progress- we have faith that we can get her healthy again so her health matches her beautiful vibrant personality! She certainly is a ray of sunshine and will melt your heart the moment you meet her.

UPDATE: October 2019 - Polly has gained over 10 lbs. and looks fantastic! We were able to take her to our cardiologist where we received a much better report than anticipated on her heart! We were able to proceed with all her all the necessary surgeries, mammary tumor removal (so far no cancer detected), tooth extractions and spay. Next week she will have one final surgery removing a few more mammary tumors… She has been a trooper and has recuperated quickly after her first surgeries.

Will you make a heart connection with Polly?

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

Pets with Disabilities - 635 Clay Hammond Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
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