Alyssa is derived from the name of the flower alyssum, which in Greek literally means not insane, as alyssum was thought to cure insanity. And it would have been insane not to help Alyssa! A one-year-old Collie, Alyssa arrived as a stray at the Aiken County Animal Shelter in South Carolina on September 28th. Also arriving with Alyssa was two-year-old Collie Plymouth. It was bad enough that these two dogs were in a high-kill shelter, but even worse that they both tested heartworm positive. The shelter will not allow heartowrm positive dogs to be adopted, so their only hope was for a rescue commitment.

Fortunately, the rescue group Operation Paws for Homes (OPH) in Virginia has been taking dogs from this shelter on a regular basis. On October 4th, Mary Lou Seymour with the Shelter Animal Advocates for the Aiken County Animal Shelter asked OPH to consider taking Alyssa and Plymouth. The next day OPH expressed interest in taking both dogs, but would only be able to do so if they could get assistance for the dogs’ heartworm treatment. RADAR was asked to assist, and we agreed, sealing the deal for both Alyssa and Plymouth!

Both dogs received their heartworm treatment on October 16th. “These are just the cutest dang dogs,” Mary Lou told us. ” Both are a bit timid, but once you’re with them they are all over you, and cuddling. Alyssa’s fur was terribly matted and she had to be ‘furminated’ to help her feel better. Alyssa is super loving and happy!” To see more photos of Alyssa, click here.

RADAR paid all $240 of Alyssa’s heartworm treatment costs.

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

UPDATE! Alyssa 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 Alyssa:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Mara Alexander; Tara Shea; Elizabeth Lavoie

Added on October 26, 2014.

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