Arabella’s story is full of heart: heartbreaking, heartworms and heartwarming. It was on February 11th when the one to two-year-old mixed-breed Arabella and her two to three-month-old pup Little Jack arrived at the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina. But the hardship Arabella endured prior to that was way beyond the pale. She had spent her entire life outside on a chain and exposed to the elements.

When Arabella went into heat and had no way out, she was impregnated by a neighbor’s dog. She gave birth to several pups and raised them while always being chained. One by one the pups either died or were sold. Only Little Jack remained with her (and chained as well). When their owners were evicted, Arabella and Little Jack were locked in the house without food or water. Luckily, neighbors alerted animal control.

Little surprise that Arabella tested heartworm positive. While rescues were eager to take Little Jack, Arabella was a real challenge with her heartworm status. On February 19th, Home At Last Dog Rescue in Pennsylvania offered to take both Arabella and Little Jack if Arabella’s heartworm treatment costs could be provided. RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue, Susan Blakeney, wasted no time in asking for our assistance. We agreed immediately. Arabella’s heartworm treatment took place on April 1st.

“These pets always amaze me in terms of their resilience and their ability to forgive and give back,” Susan said. “Arabella is super sweet and friendly. Thank goodness she will now be able to know how a pet’s life should really be.” To view more photos of Arabella (and Little Jack), click here.

RADAR paid all of Arabella’s heartworm treatment costs, totaling $275.

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

UPDATE! Arabella 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 Arabella:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Sandy Van Nostrand; Jane Zimmerman; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Bake Sale

Added on April 8, 2015.

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