In French, the name Amy means dearly loved, and this Amy was dearly loved by the shelter staff! The five-year-old Labrador Retriever was picked up on February 28th as a stray and taken to the Blount County Animal Center in Tennessee. She was running with two other dogs, and the threesome were killing ducks. Imagine that from a breed used for duck hunting! While the other two dogs got away, Amy wasn’t quick enough. Perhaps her age and weighing over 100 pounds slowed her down, and maybe having heartworms was another factor.

On April 10th, Kristin Baksa, the shelter’s rescue coordinator, requested RADAR’s help with Amy’s heartworm treatment so she would have a better chance of getting rescued or adopted. “Amy is a special girl and we absolutely adore her,” Kristin told us. “This girl will do great in a home., but first we have to treat her heartworm disease!” Because of her size, the treatment would be costly. Thanks to some extra help from several of our dedicated donors, we agreed to assist. Amy had her heartworm treatment on April 18th.

“Amy is stubborn and lovely, and does not have an aggressive bone in her body,” Kristin said. “She refused to move from her kennel for a few days after she arrived. We decided to let her chill. After a couple of days, she allowed us to take her out to the big pen in a wagon. When her pen time was up, she demanded a wagon ride back to her kennel! You see, if you rush her, or she doesn’t feel like walking, she lays down and we get the wagon! Think she’s playing us? Now she is walking on the leash, of course on her own terms. But when she’s done, she lays down!”

In thanking RADAR and our donors for paying Amy’s heartworm treatment costs, Kristin shared this with us: “Karen League, our kennel manager, wants you to know how much she appreciates this. Karen has been working diligently to bring Amy out of her shell and it’s working! We weren’t sure what the future would be for Amy when she first came in. Looking good now!” On May 1st, Kristin had great news to share with us: “This lovely girl has been pulled by Volunteers for Animals in Batavia, New York!” To see more photos of Amy, click here.

RADAR paid all $484 of the heartworm treatment costs for Amy.

UPDATE! Amy has been adopted! Her rescue told us that, “Amy has been adopted. There was a home waiting for her and all we needed to know was whether or not she and the current dog would be compatible. All worked out and Amy went home the day after arrival. Her new family is experienced with post-HW treatment.”

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

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 Amy:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Black Dog Fund ($50); Sunday Wright Fund; Andy’s Safe Haven Fund, in memory of Ginnie Freeburn’s dog, Andy; Rebecca Kuga; Ken Siegert & Rick Thompson; Therese Anderson-Alexander; Roxanne Stevens; Karen Dymond

Added on May 6, 2018.

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