Passage and enforcement of animal cruelty laws really does make a difference! Congratulations to the state of Virginia for passing a state-wide no tethering law. After a lifetime of being chained outside, Bear, a ten-year-old Australian Shepherd mix, was surrendered by his owner to the Highland County Humane Society shelter in Virginia on June 9th, along with his yard mate Dixie. The dogs had received little or no veterinary care.

On June 10th, Corena Huffman, president and founder of the Highland County Humane Society, reached out to RADAR to see if we could help with the vetting costs for Bear and Dixie. Both were seniors and as RADAR’s co-founders have senior dogs, assistance was enthusiastically approved for both dogs. RADAR covered Bear’s initial intake costs, including vaccinations. Bear had basic vetting on June 25th, and tests and neutering on July 28th.

Bear learned how to enjoy the inside life in his foster-to-adopt home. It was an adjustment for him after being neglected and living outside for so long. At first he howled and was very timid, but soon relaxed when being held and loved on. He started to eat more regularly. He enjoys his foster mom’s granddaughter’s gentle company. A nap in the recliner with his foster is a new favorite pastime. His foster says he is a doll baby! Be sure to view more photos in Bear’s gallery.

RADAR paid all of Bear’s vetting, testing and neutering costs, which totaled $420.

UPDATE! Bear has been adopted!

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

While RADAR is no longer asking for donations for our nonprofit, we ask that you check out some of our rescue partners and make a donation to one or more of them.

Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Bear:

Chloe’s SOS Fund ($100); Sunday Wright Fund; Rebecca Kuga Fund; Second Chances Fund

Added on August 2, 2020.

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