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 Lewis, a really sweet older beagle, weighing about 30 lbs. Lewis was found as a stray at a local airport dragging himself, he landed at one of our local shelters. The odds were certainly against this old dog, not being able to walk and being a senior we knew PWD was his only hope. Lewis went straight to the hospital, where an MRI was perform and a week later spinal surgery. Lewis is now able to walk again, although he stumbles a bit, this spirited beagle does not let that bother him. He loves his walks, loves to be cuddled, enjoys his belly rubs, and to add to his amazing resume.. likes other dogs, cats, crate and is house trained.

Lewis would make a great addition to any home.

Will you make a heart connection with Lewis?


Meet Foxie, another newbie at the rescue this week!

Foxie was taken to a shelter along with her litter of puppies. Of course the puppies were quickly adopted but due to Foxie’s cerebellum disorder which makes her off balance and a bit wobbly when she walks, she was always overlooked. We are still getting to know her but so far she is wonderful. She likes other dogs, loves people, has adjusted well to our home like environment, lays on the dog beds, chews on the bones, does everything a “normal” dog can do just with a little extra bounce or two. We think it makes her personality shine even brighter. She is just adorable and so sweet.

On top of the cerebellum disorder, Roxie is also heartworm positive. Regular vetting and beginning heartworm treatment will be in Foxie's near future.

Here is our second PSA of the week: Please keep your dog on monthly heartworm prevention! Heartworm treatment is costly (usually $1,000 or more) and requires lots of recovery time with crate rest and leash walking (2 months on average). Let’s not forget it can be difficult on some dogs. It is so much easier on everyone involved just to keep your pets on preventative. I’m sure we are preaching to the choir, but keep spreading the word!

Will you make a heart connection with Foxie?


He is one of our new arrivals at PWD. This little fella found himself as a stray at a very busy city shelter. Wagner has the look of a puppy, but he is probably around 2 years old. One of his front legs is deformed, and he is HW Positive (which by the way is becoming the norm lately....PLEASE GIVE YOUR DOGS MONTHLY HEARTWORM PREVENTION).

It is also obvious that humans were not always nice to Wagner. He is very shy and scared of his caretakers here at PWD. Just in the few days he has been here he has made progress. Everyday is a new accomplishment in gaining his trust. Today, it was successfully getting him to walk through the door to outside with our beagle pack. Lets see what tomorrow brings! We will take it slow with him. One step at a time as to not overwhelm him.

We have started our heartworm treatment protocol, and in the next couple weeks he will visit our orthopedic team to evaluate his legs.

Will you make a heart connection with Wagner?


Archie is one handsome fella! We believe he is between 1-2 years old and is possibly a Golden Retriever / Aussie Mix. Archie was shot in the leg and unfortunately had to have it amputated due to the damage. It hasn’t phased him though. We are just beginning to learn about him, but what we do know is that he requires other canine companionship and needs a home with no cats. He recovered in a foster home after his surgery and his foster mom had nothing but great things to say.

Will you make a heart connection with Archie?

This day could not have happened for Mia without the help and assistance of so many earth angels, from rescuers, veterinarians, transporters, donators, to a wonderful foster home that nursed her back to health. It is such a good feeling to know so many good people wanting to help an innocent puppy that was in desperate need of medical attention.

We all saw her will to survive, she just needed help by caring and skilled doctors and everyday people. Mia's journey has now come full circle and we are so happy to announce she has been adopted by a family that absolutely adores her. Mia might have lost her tail but she gained the love, attention and admiration of so many, and now has a family to call her own.

Here is an update from her new family
"Mia has become the center of everyone's attention. She loves playing with her family and gets the zoomies at least twice a day! I think she was a track horse in another life. Miracle Mia has the sweetest disposition and has grown into her own little person these last few weeks. While she may love to explore, she would rather be in momma's lap 100% of the day. Mia has stolen our hearts and completed our family. She was the missing piece to the puzzle and we could not imagine spending another day without her."

Congratulations Mia what a wonderful new beginning for you!

MEET MIA! This is Mia. She is a 4 month old who was used as a bait dog in a rural southern area. Mia was left for dead in someone’s front yard, but Mia was still alive just severely injured. A Good Samaritan called Animal Control, and Mia immediately was taken to a kind and caring vet hospital where she was stabilized enough to get her to PWD and ultimately to our highly skilled surgeon. Mia’s prognosis is guarded. If she survives, she will have a long road to recovery.

The good news is, Mia now has a huge support team around her. In combination with her own obvious will to survive, Mia has been given a second chance. Mia’s injuries represent the absolute lowest of human depravity ….the human belief that we can do anything we want, to anybody we want, whenever we want. The epitome of bullying. The culmination of ignorance and arrogance found in far too many humans. If you believe this is “rare,” and “most humans do not do such things,” allow us to disavow you of that notion.

At PWD we see such things far to often, and we are just one small rescue. At age four months Mia is the equivalent of a 2-3 year old human child. Consider your own heartbreak if she was YOUR human child. Mia is not ”just a dog” to be tossed on the ash heap ——she is a sentient being who deserves, at minimum, our respect and help. Mia’s medical and rehabilitation bills will not be small. While PWD often tries to inject an upbeat spin when we ask you for your financial help, this is one of those times that is too serious and too solemn to do that. For now, we ask, you to reach deep into your hearts and pockets and give all you can to help tiny Mia become Miracle Mia. (We have pictures that are too graphic to post here.)

Mia Update - Mar 17th: Mia had her final follow up for her injuries today! She got the green light to resume normal activity and is considered fully healed! What wonderful news on this St. Patricks Day! Mia is in an experienced foster home who is taking the best care of her. She is enjoying the company of her foster brother and the occasional visit from the neighborhood deer. Next on the “to do” list is for her to be spayed, which will be happening Friday, then she will be ready to move on to her forever family. Thank you to everyone who has been cheering her on. She is one tough gal!


Leena is very a neglected, blind senior bc mix. She arrived with kennel cough, so unfortunately she had to be isolated before visiting the vet. In the meantime we started some in-house care to help her feel better. Upon arrival it was immediately obvious she was not taken care of and probably lived in pretty crappy living conditions.

Her skin is very bad, her nails were super long making it painful to walk, she has a growth the size of a hockey puck on her neck area that needs removed, and she also has mammary tumors. She was able to visit our vet last week where a plan is now being established after all her lab work results come in. This was most likely Leena's first visit to a vet! Just after a few weeks in a clean environment and with the help of topical treatment and medication she is already looking a bit better and feeling better. Her attitude has completely changed, she has learned that we are here to help her and she is beginning to trust us.

True to her breed mix, she is a smart cookie who despite her vision impairment has learned to navigate the rescue grounds flawlessly. Surgery to remove the growth is in her near future along with a spay. She is now receiving medicated baths weekly along with a couple prescriptions to help her skin. Leena’s journey to good health and hopefully a forever home is just beginning at PWD. Her veterinary needs are extensive. If you are able to donate, any amount is always appreciated ❤️ Thank you for caring!

Will you make a heart connection with Leena?


Meet Martin is an older 28 pound beagle/basset mix. Martin was rescued from a rural Virginia shelter. Martin was limping on his left rear leg, but after getting him to our vet, his Lyme test and HW test came back positive. The vet believes he was limping because of the Lyme diagnosis.  We have started treating him for both and his limp is now gone. His heartworm treatment will not be finished until late spring.

Martin's foster mom had all good things to say about our new boy . "Martin is a very loving boy. He loves cats, dogs and most of all, people. He is crate trained and housebroken. He would love to just hang out and shower you with affection. He rides great in the car, the front seat is his preference so he does not miss anything. He would be a great dog for any family!"

Will you make a heart connection with Martin?

Happy Endings, New Beginnings! Remember Little Squirt, found in a ditch with broken limbs? Thanks to your support, he has recuperated and now has a new family that are over the top in love with him!! We are so excited to share this news!

Charlee (formerly Little Squirt) Update: "My family has had Charlee a little over a month now, at first we were his Foster Family but instantly I knew he was meant for us. He is the very best boy, so sweet and gentle with a goofy personally. He loves going for car rides, 4 days a week he rides with me to take my daughter, Kinslee, to dance. We also can't wait to take him camping with us this spring and summer! How anyone could have hurt him, I will never understand but the fact that we get to love him makes his journey to us worth it. His legs are still healing but he doesn't mind, anytime I carry him he just lays his head on my shoulder like a baby! Charlee truly completed our family. Thank you Joyce and Pets with Disabilities for allowing us to be his forever family!"

Congratulations Charlee on your next chapter

Meet Little Squirt, this puppy was found lying in a ditch with two broken limbs in rural Georgia, his front and back leg was fractured. A rural rescue reached out to us for help with Little Squirt. At our request, Little Squirt was transported into the good hands of one of our favorite surgeons, Dr. Garnett, at the Charleston Veterinarian Referral Center.

Dr. Garnett performed the required surgeries, and things were looking up. Unfortunately, Little Squirt took a turn for the worse-due to some internal battles brewing in his young body. He was not eating and became extremely lethargic. Testing revealed his red blood cell count was extremely low, and we had no choice but to do several blood transfusions. Little Squirts bill doubled from the original quote for his two leg repair and is now approaching $8000.00. This is a huge expense for any rescue. But this puppy was a survivor and the staff fell in love with his spirit. We are relieved he successfully responded to treatment and was finally able to be transport to PWD.  Update: Little Squirt finally arrived and is now in a foster home recuperating. His foster family also fell head over heals in love with this little pup! Stay tuned for more updates on this cutie!


Meet Roxie, a 5 year old Retriever/Pity mix. She weighs about 55 lbs. She is blind and diabetic. Roxie was relinquished to the shelter due to her medical needs. She is a sweet dog and has been an absolute champ about taken her medications and daily injections. SO, please don’t let this frighten or deter you from wanting to meet her. PWD will help continue to assist her adoptive family with her medical needs if needed.

Roxie was fostered by an incredible person and she has a lot of great things to say about this girl:
Roxie is a sweetheart searching for her forever home! She is a happy dog, and is almost always seen wagging her tail. Roxie is always happiest when she is with you, and is up for any activity -- whether she is your sidekick while doing yard work, your sous chef while cooking, or your snuggle buddy while watching tv. She is very loving, and isn't shy about asking for belly rubs. Her favorite pastime is cuddling on the couch (or attempting to sit in your lap!).

Roxie is intelligent and easily trained to the rules of your home (e.g, learning what furniture she's allowed to sit on, wiping paws before coming inside when it's muddy out, etc.). She enjoys going for walks, and does very well on a leash. She is also great riding in the car. Roxie is playful, and gets bursts of energy that result in her scooting around the room or yard. She enjoys chewing on a bone, but beware -- she destroys soft toys within a matter of minutes!

While Roxie is blind, you would never know it! She quickly learns and navigates her surroundings, and is very alert, relying heavily on her hearing and sense of smell. Roxie also has diabetes and requires 2x daily insulin shots as well as regular blood glucose testing; however, these activities couldn't be easier! She lies on her back during blood testing so you can easily access her paws for the test, and her insulin shot is simple to administer while she's eating her meals. Roxie is a rockstar when it comes to maintaining her health, and her tail continues to wag the whole time!

Roxie loves people, and has yet to meet a stranger! She enjoys being the center of attention among her human family, and but she can be possessive with toys and food  around other dogs -- for these reasons, she is looking for a home where she can be the only pet. However, Roxie is all the dog you'll ever need, and the best friend anyone could ask for!

We feel should would do best as an only dog.  Please consider Roxie, she would be a great companion and friend.

Will you make a heart connection with Roxie?

Gus found a Heart Connection with Bonnie Hilton Green - thank you.

Meet Gus, a 5 year old, 65 lbs. gorgeous shepherd. He was found as a stray in a very rural area in GA in bad shape. He has a broken pelvis that has healed on its own, he is 25 lbs. underweight, and heartworm positive.

In typical German Shepherd fashion he remains loyal and loving. We have all fell in love with this big fella and know he will make a loyal family member. Gus has a long road to recovery and is now in a medical foster that will treat him like a king, and give him lots of TLC that he desperately needs. We will start HW treatment as soon as he gains some weight and gets stronger.

Will you make a heart connection with Gus?



Meet Sophia, a 14 pound, 2 year old, Chihuahua mix who was on the run in rural GA. It took 6 weeks to trap this little girl, but once trapped and safe, she immediately went to the vet. It was discovered Little Sophia had a bullet in her right front leg and although hitting the bone saved her life, it also damage her leg beyond repair. She will required amputation. Sophia is also heartworm positive and will require regular vetting. Sophia came to us so scared and timid, not wanting to trust but with a few days she knew she was safe! Sophia is now in a medical foster home and is doing even better, here is what her foster parents had to say about her within a few days…

"Our first day went great. She is the sweetest little thing. She slept at the end of our bed and in the middle of the night I wake up to her face in my face and she just pushed her head against my cheek and nuzzled into me. She clearly has never had a home, she is not housetrained, she freezes up on a leach, she is terrified of loud sounds and other people. She doesn’t really know how to cuddle but just squirms around next to you. BUT she is soooooo sweet and will be sooooo worth the effort of teaching her how to be a dog!" In just a few short days, and with some positive training techniques Sophia is really responding, much better on lead and housebreaking is making progress!

Sophia will need time as each medical need is address.

Will you make a heart connection with Sophia?

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 now JR, has successfully recuperated from his broken legs and now has been adopted! JR's adopter has just recently retired so this new pup has been filling her days with great company and companionship! He could not have come at a perfect time for her. She plans her days around his schedule LOL! So happy these 2 have found each other! JR has also become the most popular dog a his day care, where he goes a few times a week to meet and play with new friends!  A perfect match, she needed him just as much as he needed her!

MEET Dan! 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.

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Luca found a Heart Connection with Kaye Moore - thank you!


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?

We hope our friend Pam is looking down and happy to see her Penny has landed with another kind woman. Penny is now living life large on a farm meeting lots of new fur friends! We are all amazed Penny is still here today! Penny was diagnosed with osteosarcoma a few years ago, and she is still going strong. Penny is an amazing little spirit who has had many earth angels!

Here is an update from Penny’s new Mom: "Having only three legs doesn't slow her down, and my little grandchildren never noticed there was anything different about Penny. All they saw was a cute little dog who loved to snuggle. In fact, Penny runs, plays, jumps on the sofa and bed without any difficulty. She doesn't seem to know she is "different" either. Penny loves to go the farm to take care of the alpacas. My females are very respectful of her as she follows me around, supervising the feeding, and Penny, being a very smart little dog, is also respectful of them. She is a delightful little dog who just loves to be by my side and is a happy companion." We are so happy for you Penny and we know your Angel, Pam, is too.


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. 

We are so happy for our sweet senior Keiny! Keiny now “K”, is living large with a couple that needed her just as much as she needed them! We are so happy for K, she will be spending the rest of her years pampered and loved!

From K’s new pawrents: "Recently, my husband and I had to say good bye to our three dogs within four months of each other. To say we were devastated is an understatement. We’ve always had dogs and our house was just not the same without one (or three). But, could our hearts take bringing in a new pup too soon? Scrolling through Facebook I saw PWD’s post about Keiny. I was immediately hooked. I showed her to my husband and the rest is history. After speaking with Joyce and our husbands graciously working together to provide transport from MD to TN, “K” came home. K has been a perfect fit and exactly who we needed at this moment. You would never know this girl is 12 years old. She is just the right mixture of pep and couch potato. While K loves me and my husband, she loves my husband the most. He takes her on “field trips” in his truck. She’s always ready to head out with him. K just loves beautiful days out in her huge fenced in yard and her daily walks with me. She has been awesome with every person and every dog she has met. She even has no problems with one of our horses and donkey through the fence. We are excited to take K to the Outer Banks for a few weeks this summer. Thank you PWD for entrusting K to us. She is exactly what our hearts and home needed."

Thank you to this wonderful family for opening their heart and home to a senior pup especially after recently losing 3 seniors of their own.


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, and other dogs. 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!

Auggie found a Heart Connection! This is for Auggie the Dancing Beagle!
From our beagle family, to yours. You are loved, Auggie! From the Fabre-Soliz family


Auggie is an adorable 5 year old beagle from DC! He is playful, loving, and so very sweet. Auggie enjoys cuddling, snoozing on the couch, and playing with squeaky toys! He loves food, and is very treat motivated. Auggie gets along great with other dogs, and has never met a human he doesn't love. He's house trained, crate trained, and knows how to sit, especially for a treat. His back surgery was way life-changing for him, and has allowed him to live his life to the absolute fullest as a happy and joyful beagle boy! You'll catch him running around, playing, and exploring all the time. He will do great in any home with ample love and attention.

INTAKE INFO:  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?

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

Scooby is a sweet 9 year old vision impaired mix. When we saw the picture of Scooby at the shelter he looked totally defeated. When he arrived at PWD in June 2020, he needed help fast. He had ear and eye infections along with one of the worst skin conditions we have seen here. He was 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.

UPDATE: Scooby has been in our care for almost a year now, and he is definitely feeling and looking better, but it has been quite a journey. 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 receives weekly medicated baths and daily medication to help keep his skin under control. He is a very good boy for his baths. He now has new hair growth in many areas where hair did not exist before.

Scooby has come so far since arriving here and we are confident that he will recover and be ready for a forever home that understands and accepts his skin care needs sometime in 2021. Scooby has grabbed all our hearts at the rescue. His life up until he arrived here was not good. It is believed he ended up in this horrible condition due to living outside with extended sun exposure and nowhere for him to escape the sun's rays. Unfortunately, permanent skin damage has been done, so from now on we will maintain with medicated baths, medication and continued medical care when needed.

Scooby is by far one of the easiest, most laid back pups we have at the rescue. He is a pleasure to be around. Once he warms up to you and realizes you are his friend, he enjoys your company. He is housetrained , rides wonderfully in the car, and is quiet as a mouse. We think he would enjoy the company of another calm dog friendly dog. Scooby has been neutered and has completed heartworm treatment.

He could use a few "heart connections" to help with his continued medical care.

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"

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 February 2021

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