Bears often symbolize strength, courage and tenacity, which is what this four-year-old Black Lab named Bear used to get him through some very hard times. He ended up at the Blount County Animal Center in Tennessee, where he was surrendered on June 20th. Unfortunately, that wasn’t his first time at the shelter. Bear had been adopted from there as a puppy, and sadly, he didn’t get the kind of care that he deserved. Four years later, Bear came back with scars to prove that he’d been kept outside, and he was heartworm positive.

On June 21st, Kristin Baksa, the shelter’s rescue coordinator, asked RADAR if we could help with Bear’s heartworm treatment. “He will make a great family pet once he is free of heartworm disease,” Kristin said. “This would give him a much better chance of being adopted or rescued.” We agreed to assist, and he received his treatment on June 28th.

“Bear is an awesome dog!” Krisitin told us. “He’s very calm and friendly. He loves attention and affection. He is good with other dogs and cats. Evidently he loves kids too! While he was scared in the shelter, a foster was found for him following his heartworm treatment.” Click here to view more photos of Bear.

RADAR paid all of Bear’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $351.

UPDATE! All funds for Bear 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 Bear:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Black Dog Fund ($50); Sunday Wright Fund; Gerald Huber; Anonymous; Karolay Aldave; Anonymous

If you are interested in adopting Bear, or represent a rescue interested in pulling Bear, please contact Kristin Baksa at the Blount County Animal Center.

Added on July 15, 2018.

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