Okay, Simon? Okay, Theodore? Okay, Alvin? Alvin? ALVIN!!! Unlike Alvin the chipmunk, Alvin the dog was not okay. Way back on September 9th, animal control brought this four-year-old Terrier mix to the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina. As cute as Alvin was, he had no rescue or adopter interest. Testing heartworm positive only added to his woes. On October 22nd, he was placed on the shelter’s “put to sleep” list for October 27th.
Working with Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue, on October 22nd we provided an offer to assist with Alvin’s heartworm treatment as an incentive for a rescue to take him. A few days later, on October 27th, Almost Home Dog Rescue in Pennsylvania agreed to take Alvin! We all thought Alvin was now okay, but he was not.
Alvin did not respond well to his first heartworm treatment on December 10th. Some difficult decisions had to be made. The vet warned that Alvin may have fatal complications from the remaining treatment due to the condition of his lungs. But by not proceeding, the worms would continue to damage his heart and he would likely die as a result. On January 27th, Alvin received the remainder of his treatment. After a week of hospitalization, Alvin pulled through with flying colors!
Susan had these notes to share from meeting and photographing Alvin last fall, “He was an animated little guy with a generally happy disposition. He eagerly came to the gate of his kennel to greet visitors, hoping for his chance to get out on a walk. He was well-behaved on our walk. He took full advantage of his chance to roll around in the grass, and he came and sat quietly beside me soaking in the sunshine. He was not demanding of attention, but he did come over and nudge my hand for a little petting!” To see more photos of Alvin, click here.
RADAR paid for the costs of Alvin’s heartworm treatment, totaling $326.
UPDATE! All funds for Alvin have been raised! Thank you!
UPDATE! Alvin has been adopted!
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Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Alvin:
Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Melissa Feeney; Diana Berkstresser; Kerstyn Crumb, in honor of Linsey Haram’s birthday; Kerstyn Crumb, in honor of Rosalyn Haram’s birthday, in memory of Sierra
Added on February 11, 2015.