Bear with us as we tell you about Bear. Approximately seven years old and a Chow Chow mix, Bear arrived as a stray on September 26th at the small rural Duplin County Animal Shelter in North Carolina. His health was not the best, and he didn’t want to eat or drink. Bear needed to get out of the shelter, into a rescue and off to a vet.
On October 4th, Gretchen Kozen, RADAR’s liaison for the shelter, requested our help for Bear (who was first named Ret and then Jasper at the shelter). As an incentive for a rescue to pull Bear, we provided an offer to assist with his vetting costs. On October 7th, Best Friend Pet Adoption in North Carolina agreed to take Bear!
Bear was taken directly to the vet, where he remained hospitalized until October 24th. Blood tests indicated that his liver values were abnormal. He tested heartworm positive. Bear received IV fluids, vitamin injections and was given special food. Additional tests and an ultrasound indicated that Bear has either a brain tumor or a brain infection. Bear was placed on steroids to shrink the tumor and reduce inflammation, and has responded very well. A former adopter with the rescue is providing permanent hospice foster care for Bear to keep him happy and comfortable for as long as possible.
“When Bear first arrived, he was very withdrawn, slept a lot, and generally didn’t feel well,” the rescue told us. “Once we got him eating and drinking on his own, he perked up but was still was very distant. Now that he is on steroids, he has become a very different dog. He has a twinkle in his eye, he loves to engage with people, and is actually turning out to be quite a ham! Bear is a very friendly and social old man who will seek you out for pats and kisses!” To see more photos of Bear, click here.
RADAR paid $250 towards the vetting and hospitalization costs for Bear.
UPDATE! All funds for Bear have been raised! Thank you!
UPDATE! Bear has been adopted!
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Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Bear:
Chloe’s SOS Fund ($100); Nathalie Mainland
Added on November 30, 2016.