Heartworm positive, Akins was headed for an achy breaky heart. This one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix arrived as a stray at the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina on March 25th. Despite being a lovable Lab, with his heartworm status, Akins had no adopter or rescue interest. As the weeks slipped by, so did his odds of making it out of the shelter alive. Akins was placed on the Euthanasia list for the week of May 13th.

Ironically, on May 13th, we reminded Susan Blakeney, our liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society volunteers, that if there were any dogs RADAR could help, please let us know. And did she ever! A new rescue, Puppy Paws Rescue in Maryland, was interested in saving Akins but could not afford the heartworm treatment costs. With RADAR’s assistance and a willing rescue, Akins was safe!

Instead of being euthanized the week of May 13th, Akins was pulled by a rescue and had his heartworm treatment done! Rather than having his heart stopped, thanks to Puppy Paws Rescue and RADAR’s donors, Akins had his heart saved! His heartworm treatment was done on May 16th.

Susan had this to tell us about Akins, “He’s friendly and attentive. Akins will be at his best if he can lead a more active lifestyle, which would include walks. He loves people and dogs!” To view more photos of Akins, click here.

RADAR paid all of the $323 heartworm treatment costs for Akins.

UPDATE! All funds for Akins have been raised! Thank you!

UPDATE! Akins has been adopted!

If you would like to help us have the ability to help other dogs, please visit our Donations page.

Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Akins:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Susan Blakeney; Susan Wood; Diana Berkstresser

Added on May 27, 2013.

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