The Board of County Commissioners of Calvert County desires to recognize the outstanding efforts of individuals who are dedicated to improving the quality of life for citizens of Calvert County.
Pets with Disabilities is a grassroots organization founded 15 years ago in Calvert County, Maryland. This amazing journey began when Michael Dickerson and Joyce Darrell expanded their family by adopting a vibrant young shepherd whom they named Duke, which unexpectedly changed their lives forever. On a warm spring day, an accident left Duke paralyzed. While they were advised to euthanize him, told he would not have a quality life confined to a wheelchair, they still saw vibrance in him — their selfless, kind, and generous act would change the lives of many others for years to come. Duke was still a lively, fun-loving dog and would became the voice for dogs in need.
Hearing about a wheelchair bound dog in New York who had been in a shelter for five years, they also adopted Misty. It did not take long to realize support was sorely lacking nationwide for these amazing pets. Within a few years, Joyce left her small business to devote herself full-time to rescue work. Building a rescue facility behind their home on three acres, with 100 square foot apartments — each has heat, air conditioning, music, is furnished with comfortable beds, toys, bones, and, most importantly, a window for essential natural lighting, providing a safe, comfortable, healing environment. This amazing facility has seen many pets come and go, transforming their broken spirits and bodies into healthy, vibrant dogs excited to find forever families.
The Calvert Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) wished to pay tribute to this distinguished and commendable service to our community and is delighted to honor their passionate dedication, altruism, compassion, and professionalism. It was proclaimed by the Calvert Board of County Commissioners of that sincere appreciation and gratitude of all Calvert Countians is hereby extended to Michael Dickerson and Joyce Darrell and Pets with Disabilities for their tireless service to the pet community and many contributions to the citizens of Calvert County. It was further proclaimed that the Calvert Board of County Commissioners joins with the community and many friends of Michael and Joyce in extending them best wishes for continued success in all their future endeavors.
Congratulations, Michael and Joyce for a job well done! Please enjoy the picture gallery below.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon