Rescue Profile: Pets With Disabilities

February 26th, 2008 by Dan

Pets With Disabilities is a rescue group that stood out at the Pet Expo amongst the massive amounts of tables and crowds. I believe it was the “smiling” Samoyed in the wheelchair who first caught my eye (and then started to lick my knee and nudge my hand with his nose) and drew me in for a closer look.
Samoyed Smiling in Wheelchair 1

Pets With Disabilities is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting the adoption of pets with disabilities. Founded in 2000 by Joyce Darrell and her husband Michael Dickerson, the group began quite close to home. The couples own dog, Duke, broke his back while playing as a puppy and became paralyzed. Joyce and Michael acquired a wheelchair for Duke and thus, Pets With Disabilities was born. They wanted a place where people like them could turn for advice when their beloved pets needed this kind of specialized care as well as a forum to help these very special animals find homes.

Recently Michael and Joyce were able to purchase land on which they plan to build a sanctuary for special needs animals. Some of the pets will live there for the remainder of their lives, while others will only reside there until their forever homes can be found.
Samoyed Smiling in Wheelchair 2

For more information on Pets With Disabilities, check out their website and see all of the amazing animals that are in need of wonderful homes!





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