Albert didn’t need to be Einstein to know that his odds weren’t good. He was brought to the Aiken County Animal Shelter in South Carolina as a stray on October 13th and tested heartworm positive. Unfortunately for this three-year-old Akita mix, Aiken County regulations state that any dog who tests heartworm is not adoptable. Incredibly, Albert was put on the list to be euthanized. His only hope was to attract the attention of a rescue.

Enter Kris Leahy with Lucky Dog Rescue in Evans, Georgia. They were happy to take the lovable Albert, but needed help coordinating and funding the heartworm treatment. These hardworking volunteers were able to raise all but $143 for Albert’s cause! Kris reached out to RADAR on October 19th, a mere six days after Albert was found, for assistance with the remaining cost. RADAR agreed to help and Albert was safely out of the shelter the very next day!

Albert’s heartworm treatment took place on October 28th. Mary Lou Seymour with Aiken County’s Shelter Animal Advocates helped coordinate his heartworm treatment through the Heart Beat Goes On program, which is designed to rescue heartworm positive dogs and save them from being euthanized.

According to Albert’s foster family, “Albert loves to play ball and carries it around with him. He is a super sweet, strong, goofy and loving dog.” It’s incredible to think that in two weeks Albert went from being another tragic shelter story to carrying around his favorite ball in the backyard of his new foster home! To see more photos of Albert, click here.

RADAR paid $143 towards the heartworm treatment costs for Albert.

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

UPDATE! Albert has been transferred to Dog Star Rescue, and his new name is Levi!

UPDATE! Albert has been adopted!

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

Kathy O’Connor; Diana Berkstresser

Added on November 11, 2014.

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