Barley barely made it out of the shelter alive. This three-year-old mixed breed and her likely son, Bud, were both surrendered to the North Augusta Animal Control facility in Aiken County, South Carolina on September 19th. At this shelter, owner surrenders have only 72 hours to get adopted or rescued before being euthanized. No vetting is provided, so not even heartworm status is known. Barley and Bud faced had another big disadvantage: they were both black dogs.

Shelter Animals Advocates in South Carolina was determined to save Barley and Bud. To do that they needed fosters for them and help with heartworm treatment if either or both them turned out to be heartworm positive. Mary Lou Seymour with Shelter Animals Advocates and its HeartBeat Goes On program urgently requested RADAR’s provisional assistance. We agreed to assist if needed. Fortunately, fosters were found and both dogs made it safely out of the shelter just in time. While Bud tested heartworm negative, Barley was indeed heartworm positive. She received her heartworm treatment on October 4th.

“Barley is a sweetheart!” December Clark, Mary Lou’s partner with Shelter Animals Advocates and its HeartBeat Goes On program told us. “Luckily, two volunteers stepped forward to foster Barley and Bud at the eleventh hour. RADAR, thank you so much for being there to turn to in emergencies. We could not have held our breath and jumped forward to save them without you!” Click here to view more photos of Barley.

RADAR paid all of Barley’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $324.

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

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 Barley:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Black Dog Fund ($50); MoJo (aka Maurice); Jim Lundsted; Brian Mertz; Melissa Bitting; Angela Sheffield

If you are interested in adopting Barley, please contact Shelter Animals Advocates.

Added on November 4, 2018.

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