What do you call a dog who’s as dark as black smoke and named Bandit? Yes, Smokey and the Bandit! On September 22nd, this four-year-old Labrador Retriever-Chow mix arrived as a stray at the Sampson County Animal Shelter in North Carolina. Unfortunately, Bandit tested heartworm positive. Being both black and heartworm positive definitely hurt his chances at this rural shelter.

Sampson County Animal Advocates requested RADAR’s help for Bandit on November 4th. We provided an offer to assist with Bandit’s heartworm treatment costs as an incentive for a rescue to take him. But more than a month passed without any rescue interest. Sadly, he had the typical black dog problem: all those around him were being rescued, but he went unnoticed. He was now first on the shelter’s most urgent list.

On December 20th, Open Hearts Rescue in Virginia agreed to take Bandit on behalf of Diamond Dogs Rescue in New Jersey! He received his heartworm treatment on January 7th. We were told this about Bandit: “This boy is full of personality. He is good with other dogs, and shows no aggression at all. He loves attention and belly rubs. Playing is his favorite pastime!” Click here to view more photos of Bandit. He also has his own Facebook page!

RADAR paid all of Bandit’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $260.

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

UPDATE! Bandit 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 Bandit:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Black Dog Fund; Toni Diamond

Added on February 23, 2015.

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