This Balto is very similar in color to his namesake, the famous sled dog who led his team on the final leg of a serum run to Nome, Alaska, in 1925. That Balto was in a race to save lives. This Balto was in a race to save his own life. This three-year-old Collie-Chow mix arrived as a stray at the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina on July 29th. Balto was heartworm positive, and for two months had no rescue interest. He ended up on the shelter’s PTS (Put To Sleep) list for the week of September 30th.
Thanks to the dedicated work of the volunteers with the Darlington County Humane Society, a rescue was found for Balto! On September 30th, Home At Last Dog Rescue in Pennsylvania agreed to take Balto, but only if his heartworm treatment costs could be covered. There was even a slot available the next day for his heartworm treatment. The only thing standing in the way of Balto’s safe passage was money. RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society volunteers, Susan Blakeney, sent us an urgent request for help on September 30th. No sooner had we made an appeal to our donors, when one of our loyal supporters, Melissa Feeney, provided all of the needed funds!
Balto received his heartworm treatment on October 1st. Susan provided us with the following: “Balto is an energetic go-getter who loves getting exercise. He also loves having a good time and making folks smile. What seems to make him happiest is running and playing and giving folks kisses! His tail is in a constant state of whirl!” To see more photos of Balto, click here.
RADAR paid all $258 of Balto’s heartworm treatment costs.
UPDATE! All funds for Balto have been raised! Thank you!
UPDATE! Balto has been adopted!
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Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Balto:
Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Melissa Feeney
Added on October 10, 2013.