Balto was a famous dog who led the last leg of a successful dog sled effort comprised of 19 dog teams to deliver life-saving medicine to Nome in 1925 in sub-zero cold. Meanwhile, we have this Balto in relatively balmy South Carolina in need of his own life-saving medicine for his heartworms. Balto, a 77-pound German Shepherd mix, was surrendered by his owner to the Allendale County Animal Shelter in South Carolina on February 8th. Because Balto is big, his heartworm treatment would be costly, which made his rescue opportunities all the more slim.
Mary Lou Seymour with Shelter Animals Advocates and its Heart Beat Goes On program began her efforts to find Balto a rescue on February 15th. She won half the battle when Dog Star Rescue in Connecticut offered to take Balto. Now the challenge was to find the funding for Balto’s costly heartworm treatment. Mary Lou reached out to RADAR, and thanks to some extra funding help from some of our generous supporters, we were able to cover the costs.
On February 22nd and 23rd Balto received his heartworm treatments. “Although big, Balto is gentle and walks well on a leash,” Mary Lou told us. “He is not submissive or aggressive. Actually, he just seems kind of sad, which could be because he was an owner surrender.” To see more photos of Balto, click here.
RADAR paid all $425 of the heartworm treatment costs for Balto.
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 ($100); Mariam Wright, in honor of Mary Lou Seymour; Rebecca Kuga; Wags 4 Hope; Sherry Hutchison; Catharine Audette; Gail Lowe; Laura Jones
Added on March 13, 2017.