Luckily, it isn’t every day that a dog arrives at the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina with a foot caught in a trap. Aspen, a one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix, did just that on April 27th. The shelter helped Aspen’s paw heal, but they didn’t have the funds to cure Aspen of her heartworms. As a black-furred dog, Aspen faced bias from adopters and rescues and her heartworm positive status was a financial stumbling block.

As Aspen’s front paw healed, she waited. On June 14th, To Love A Canine Rescue in Pennsylvania offered to pull Aspen from the shelter if her heartworms could be treated first. Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue, turned to RADAR, and we agreed to assist. Aspen had her back-to-back heartworm treatments on June 17th and 18th.

Susan told us all about Aspen: “Aspen is a sweet, gentle girl. Her sleek and thick black coat makes her beautiful, and her personality matches well. At the animal shelter she was kenneled with another shy dog to make that dog feel more at ease. In approaching her kennel, Aspen is fast to offer up a fast smile and softly welcoming, swiveling hips!  The very approachable Aspen is calm but confident and gets along well with all other dogs. She has low to medium energy and enjoys leash walks. She would be great in any kind of family with doggie friends and children.” Be sure to view more photos in Aspen’s gallery.

RADAR paid all of Aspen’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $197.

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

While RADAR is no longer asking for donations for our nonprofit, we ask that you check out some of our rescue partners and make a donation to one or more of them.

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

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Black Dog Fund ($50); Second Chances Fund

If you are interested in adopting Aspen, please contact To Love A Canine Rescue.

Added on July 5, 2020.

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