The mission at Pets with Disabilities is to promote adoption of dogs with disabilities - this includes providing vet care, a quality diet, love and exercise to any dog at the rescue until they find their new families.  But since Duke and Misty (the canine co-founders) were wheelchair dogs, we were drawn to help some very special dogs - dogs that will be spending their lives with us at the rescue.  We'd like to introduce you to our "rolling pack" of dogs - they each have remarkable spirits and a zest for life -but, they also need a little extraordinary care. 

Each one of them is looking for a "Heart Connection" to support their care - provide some spiritual energy to keep living the life of an unbroken spirit


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Jett

Meet our two-legged ambassador, Jett! Jett came to PWD as an 8 week old puppy with "birth defects" - missing his two front limbs. He was one of a litter of 3 puppies and kenneled with the other "normal" puppies, Jett was not doing well.  They got to the food faster and he couldn't play like they did.  We welcomed him into our home and it was love at first sight! Jett is remarkable. No one told him he had a disability - he plays with all the dogs, loves wrestling with his toys, hops to his water bowl and can now hop onto the couch for a good cuddle with his people. He reluctantly gets into his front cart - but, we are encouraging him to find the freedom it will provide him so he can begin to travel as the newest PWD ambassador.

We are thrilled to have this wonderful dog - with the lab energy and spirit - put smiles on our faces everyday and are thankful to share his journey with him.

Will you find a "Heart Connection" with Jett?

Jett found a Heart Connection made on behalf of Cindy for her team at Jefferson Health:
Kim, Laurie, Maria, Merle, Ron and Shiny

Jett has a heart connection with Ruby Braxton!


 

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Lucy

Meet our three-legged ambassador, Lucy! Lucy came to PWD from a shelter in South Carolina. She sustained a traumatic injury with her right front leg, and amputation was necessary. Lucy was extremely shy and slow to find comfort in her surroundings. She soon attached herself to Michael, and slowly her personality started to blossom into quite a confident pup. She became a very charismatic and a lover of everyone in her eye line - dog, cat, and human alike! She is extremely alert and intelligent, and loves to play ball with her wheelchair and able-bodied canine crew.

Lucy’s easy-going nature and friendliness make her a great ambassador for three-legged dogs. She attends many events with the PWD founders to help promote adoption of pets with disabilities and spread awareness beyond our current PWD community. Lucy’s forever-home is at the rescue, where we rely on her to help us continue this important work. We are so grateful she came into our lives!

Will you find a "Heart Connection" with Lucy? Please consider supporting Lucy’s continued care!

  Lucy found a Heart Connection with Leslie Seinfeld

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Hank

Hank came to PWD from our friends at Regional Animal Shelter with a missing paw, which he most likely lost to a hunting trap. Hank is a typical good-natured hound dog who enjoys all the good things in life: “his pack,” any and all food, sunbathing, and being outdoors. He is a natural protector and companion to the most vulnerable dog souls – you will often find him cuddling with Charlotte on the porch, relaxing with Pierce in the house, or sleeping on a dog bed with one of our resident felines.

Hank was designated as a PWD resident because despite his great personality, he also exhibited some serious destructive tendencies. Hank’s love of chewing extends beyond toys to sofas, wooden furniture, carpets, and anything else in his path. In his early days at the rescue, Hank had to spend a lot of time in his crate because he couldn’t be trusted alone. Luckily, in time we were able to understand his tendencies and develop a routine that keeps destruction at bay, and Hank is no longer in a crate! We are grateful to have this incredible warm soul in our PWD family.

Will you find a "Heart Connection" with Hank? Please consider supporting Hank!

Hank found a Heart Connection with Millie Groobey

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Sandy

Sandy is an eight-year-old German shepherd mix with fused vertebra that limits the use of her back end. Sandy was abandoned on the streets of Baltimore. Thankfully Sandy’s neighbors rallied together to care for her and finally we were called to help find her a new forever home that could handle her disabilities. We found Sandy has an energetic personality with a zest for life… and chasing squirrels! Sandy’s back end is not always working in conjunction with her front end, so it will slip out from underneath her as she is walking or running – Sandy has adapted to her disability and taken to “scooting” her way around!

Sandy was available for adoption for about 18 months, and her sweet personality and keen intellect sparked a lot of interest from the adopter community, but Sandy’s weak control over her bladder and bowels combined with her limited mobility create a real challenge for any household. We decided that Sandy would remain at PWD where we could give her an environment conducive for scooting and a place she could call home. Sandy meshed immediately with her group at PWD, as she is a great friend to both dogs and humans. True to the Shepherd in her pedigree, she is very alert and a dedicated guard dog – each morning, she examines the perimeter of the rescue and lets Joyce know what is going on before she starts the early morning routines!

Will you be Sandy's "Heart Connection?" Please consider supporting Sandy’s continued care. We are happy to be Sandy’s second real home and grateful for her loyalty and protection!

  Sandy found a Heart Connection with Leslie Seinfeld

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DUCHESS

Duchess,  aka "Big Mama"  was being fostered by Mike and Joyce and has wedged her way into their hearts.  She has come a long way since that first day back in early December!  Over the past months her sweet  personality has come thru. She is always wagging her tail and grown quite attached to Joyce, and her favorite pup is Hank!  (although not sure if Hank knows this) The cats adore her too, rubbing up against her and sleeping by her side. Welcome to PWD.  We all know Mike and Joyce are happy to be able to help another white German shepherd in honor of their founding pup Duke!

Duchess is a two year old, blind, white German Shepherd. She was born blind and has lived her entire life in an isolated, filthy, chain link kennel in California, along with 40 other dogs that were rescued. It was heart breaking to find out Duchess had been left behind, due to her disability, while so many of the other dogs were on their way to a better life. PWD was contacted and raised the funds to fly her from California to Maryland.

She is now adjusting slowly to a more controlled home environment. She is doing great and making daily progress. We think she did pretty much anything she wanted to for the past 2 years, so this has been quite a change for her. She is enjoying all her new canine and feline friends but is a bit unsure of humans. We will give her the time she needs to learn that humans are part of her world now.

Duchess found a Heart Connection with Millie Groobey - thank you!

Jane Gentile and Duchess have a Heart Connection - thank you!


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Siri

Siri was a stray found on the city streets. She was blind, and had a broken jaw and gaping wound in her head. Her injuries seemed to stem from blunt force trauma, a product of human-inflicted cruelty, and we knew if she was going to survive she needed urgent medical assistance. Siri was emaciated and refusing food due to a head injury and infection in her nasal cavity. Siri was evaluated and stabilized, treated for infection, and scheduled for surgery. She underwent two different major surgeries; the second successfully closed her wounds and set her on her way to recovery. Siri required meticulous care to allow her body to heal and her spirit to reinvigorate. Siri’s veterinary expenses were extensive but have proved to be a great success. We are happy to report that Siri is healthy and enjoying her time and routines at the rescue!

Siri is an independent spirit and a true survivor. We had hoped to find Siri a new forever home with a great adopter, but she remains extremely fearful of new humans and skeptical of changes in her surroundings, which pose a great challenge to bonding with a new family. She cannot be confined and loves to be outside for the majority of day. Siri will remain at PWD where she can feel in control of her life and domain, and continue to build her confidence with humans. She loves the rescue yard, and we love to watch her prance her now 40 pound body across the field with confidence and joy. After her stroll around the yard, you will find her sound asleep in a bed of leaves or on a cozy blanket on our porch. She also has made it made it quite clear that her feeding schedule needs to be adhered to, as well. She is truly one unique dog.

The deck had been stacked against her throughout her life, but Siri managed to get herself out of hell. We love telling Siri’s story, and are grateful to our supporters that we were able to give her the chance she needed. And WOW, it sure is a thrill to see her doing so great now!

Will Siri be your "Heart Connection?" Please consider supporting Siri!

Siri found a Heart Connection with Pamela Miller
Siri found a Heart Connection with
Millie Groobey  
 

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Clyde

Clyde is a Shepherd/Hound mix who came to PWD from a terrible hoarding situation. Clyde was living in an area with bigger dogs when one jumped on him causing irreversible nerve damage that went untreated. His left back leg dragging, a huge infected wound developed on his leg, and amputation was required. Although he can still walk, Clyde has no control over his bladder or bowels. He warmed up quickly to his new surroundings at the rescue, but remains very fearful of bigger dogs and humans too.

Because of Clyde’s ongoing medical issues and temperament, it became clear it was in Clyde’s best interest to continue as a permanent PWD resident, where we can manage his pain and interaction with other dogs. He has become very content in his apartment at the rescue and looks forward to his daily routines – especially his peanut butter bones and mealtimes! Clyde is certainly a trooper and handles his three-legged ableness as best as he can!

Are you Clyde's "Heart Connection"?  Please consider supporting Clyde’s continued care here at PWD – we are so appreciative that we are able to give him this new chance at life.

Clyde found a Heart Connection with Pamela Miller

 

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Princess

Meet Princess, a 7 year old 60 lbs. Aussie/lab mix who is deaf. Princess found herself in a rural Virginia Shelter after her fur mom passed away. She is an extremely smart and loving dog. Although she is deaf, she is alert and very tuned into her surroundings. Her recall is phenomenal, when we need her to return to the barn and settle in her apartment she returns quickly with just a simple hand command.

She even knows how to sit and give you her paw. (She will do anything for a treat!) She lives for her food, treats, and knuckle bones! She has been a very easy dog, house trained, good on a lead, sleeps a lot but does love to go out and explore, crate trained and a good car rider. She would be great as an only dog or with an older calm dog. Please consider making Princess part of your family

UPDATE: Princess was adopted and return to the rescue - a completely different dog. After her return to the rescue-  Princess has had a complete medical evaluation - and TIME to re-balance. Princess lost nearly 15 lbs and we now recognize the wonderful dog we knew. She did return with some behavior issues that are not caused by a medical issue, so we have decided to give Princess a permanent home here at PWD where she can live out her life with people that know how to manage her and that she trusts.  Welcome home, Princess.

Kelly, Dominic and Andrew Rende found a Heart Connection with Princess.

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Anna

Meet ANNA - a 26 lb Border collie/Terrier Mix.  We believe she originally came to MD on a transport out of Texas. She came to us very thin, without any vetting. She was also terrified of people, and new things. Since her arrival, she has been diagnosed with IBD - and it took months to get her digestive system in balance to allow her to gain weight. She is on a special food - and will be for the rest of her life. She spent some time in a foster home where her world became a LOT smaller - and it was  very good for her. She LOVES other dogs - and the 4 dogs in the foster home gained her trust and taught her that the world (and people) are not as scary as she thought. She does have a rear right leg that she doesn't use - but, she is not in pain and it does not hinder her walking or playing. She has vision in both eyes - although missing some pigment.

Once Anna returned from her foster home, she moved in with the resident dogs - and settled right in. We've decided due to her GI issues, she would find a forever home at PWD. She loves playing with Jett - and has found a trusted friend in Duchess,  aka "Big Mama". Welcome home Anna - we are happy to have you.

Will you make a heart connection with Anna? 

A Heart Connection has been made with Anna in memory of Nevadah Davis,  a woman who loved animals!

The Rollins "pack" have a heart connection with Anna.


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TURTLE

MEET TURTLE! 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.  Turtle had her surgery, but due to complications and on-going health issues, we have decided Turtle will remain at PWD as a member of the sanctuary family.  Although Turtle had a lot of interest from potential adopters, the continued medical care (and associated vet bills) makes it prohibitive to adoption.  PWD would appreciate any financial support donated on behalf of Turtle.  She's a precious little girl.

Will you make a heart connection with Turtle?


Benny was relinquished by a beagle breeder to PWD; once he became completely blind he was no longer of use to any hunter and off the market. Benny was diagnosed with bilateral cataracts, and was a great candidate for surgery – we were fortunate that the doctors at Animal Eye Care were able to successfully make him partly visual! Benny was then adopted into a loving beagle home, where his congenial personality was able to shine. You could generally find Benny playing with his fellow dogs or relishing in the attention of his caretaker, or barking to ask for a quick snack.

After the untimely death of his adopter, Benny returned to PWD to live his life as part of the rescue family. Many beagles are in need of a home, and we are grateful his adopter championed Benny’s cause for so long, and we are happy to continue that work. Benny is a young senior pup and starting to experience some medical issues, and his eyes still require yearly exams. He is a joy to have here at PWD… a complete chow-hound who loves his bed and the company of other dogs and cuddling with humans. His blindness definitely led him to a better life!

Please consider supporting Benny! We are honored to be able to continue his care – once a part of the PWD family, always a part of the PWD family

Meet Harley, a blind beagle with a forever-wagging tail and adventurous spirit. Harley came to PWD from a military family moving overseas, who did not have the ability to take him along. At PWD, we met a curious beagle who refused to let his blindness get in the way of his explorations or easy breezy take on life.

Harley was adopted into a great beagle-loving household where he loved to spend his days exploring his yard and laying in the sun with his canine and human family. He was known as the nurturer of his pack, always showing affection for his beagle buddies. After his caretaker’s unexpected passing in 2016, PWD welcomed Harley back into the rescue family, where he will be cared for throughout the remainder of his life.

As an aging senior dog, Harley is experiencing arthritis and we are preparing for new ailments that come with age. Please consider supporting Harley’s continued care, as we are devoted to providing him with the same great life that his Adopter had worked so hard to give him

  Benny AND Harley found Heart Connections with Leslie Seinfeld - Thank You!
  Steve Baird & Buddy have a Heart Connection with Benny & Harley

Meet the PWD FELINES!  Understanding FIV-positive cats

Many of our dogs will encounter feline family members in their new homes. We make every attempt to test the dogs and set appropriate expectations for the new family in many areas, but specifically if they can live in harmony with a cat. FIV cats are unnecessarily overlooked in shelters - like many dogs with disabilities. We have adopted several FABULOUS FIV cats over the past 15 years.
Each have offered their services as "cat tester". 

The facts and "un-truths" about living with FIV cats:

  1. FIV is not contagious to dogs or humans
  2. FIV is spread via a deep bite wound during a fight between cats. If the cat gets along with other cats - no fights - no concerns
  3. FIV cats live a normal length life, full of energy. They just need to be monitored for infections and dental issues. But if they’re well cared for, they can be healthy, happy, wonderful pets
  4. FIV cats need wonderful homes too! Do your research, have an open mind and heart and find a new family member at your local shelter.

Tommy is our resident Ruler of the Roost in our founders’ home! Tommy came to PWD from a local shelter after testing positive for FIV. Tommy fit right in with the PWD clan, both as a feline socializer for new PWD dogs, and also as an entertaining presence who is always on the lookout for extra snacks! What a lovable cool tomcat!

Pumpkin came to us from a local vet office – Pumpkin arrived there and the office staff immediately fell in love with her.  Pumpkin tested positive for FIV and had sustained a pelvic fracture, which generally means euthanasia, and the office worked diligently to help find her a place to go. Luckily, we were in the position to bring her into PWD.  Pumpkin was extremely fearful of everyone and everything.  Over time, she has certainly found her place and is beginning to come out of her shell, through the help of the other cats.  You can find her cuddling with her buddy Newman and constantly seeking out more and more human attention. What a great addition to the feline family here at PWD!

Newman arrived at PWD from a shelter in Maryland where he tested positive for FIV. Newman fits right in with his fellow dog and cats in our founders’ home. He is very affectionate and a great asset in assessing new dogs’ abilities to get along with felines… we are lucky to have this beautiful blonde guy here at PWD.

  Newman found a Heart Connection with Kimberly Martin Salamy - Thank You!

Reggie was rescued from a shelter in Baltimore City; he was an older cat who tested positive for FIV and needed a FIV-friendly rescue to step up on his behalf. When Reggie arrived at PWD, he was terrified of dogs and suffering from cuts and bruises and a deep slash in his face. We worked hard to socialize him, a painstaking process that was well worth the effort, as Reggie is living the life at our senior sanctuary – he sure is king of the (dog) pack! Reggie is a friendly cat who has been able to really find his footing here at the rescue.

Our feline friends are also looking for a "heart connection!" Please consider supporting the care of our cats living with FIV here at PWD!
We are grateful to be able to offer a home to these wonderful animals that often go un-adopted.


Pets with Disabilities - 635 Clay Hammond Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Phone: 443-624-9270 Email: petswithdisabilities@comcast.net

National Capital Area CFC Number 71315