Belia’s size belies her strength. Just one to two years old, the small Jack Russell Terrier mix was surrendered to the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina on July 20th. In addition to be stressed by life in the noisy shelter, Belia was both a black dog and heartworm positive. On both of these accounts she would not easily find an adopter or a rescue to take her. Fortunately, her inner resolve helped her through the long months as summer became fall, and fall became winter.

Then, on October 29th, Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue, reached out to us on behalf of the beleaguered Belia. She had been placed on the “put to sleep” list for November 4th. Any time after that date, Belia could be euthanized. We offered to cover Belia’s heartworm treatment costs as an incentive for a rescue to pull her. On November 10th, One Life to Live Pet Rescue and Adoptions in Pennsylvania committed to taking the “little girl,” as shelter staff called the bashful dog with the backbone. Belia had her heartworm treatment on November 17th.

Patience and faith saved Belia from a dreadful fate that awaits millions of black dogs, heartworm positive dogs, seniors and hounds in shelters across the United States every year. Patience, faith, and a corner of her own in the play yard where she could rest from the tensions of shelter life and observe the action around her. She is a sweet, shy and lovable dog, friendly but careful. She was let go by one owner, and now knows that nothing can be taken for granted. She will walk nicely on the leash with you, hoping all the way that the connection will be permanent this time. Her Darlington foster wasn’t sure about taking on a Jack Russell mix, but Belia has become very comfortable in her foster home and is fitting in well! Click here to view more photos of Belia.

RADAR paid all of Belia’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $159.

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

If you would like to help us have the ability to help other dogs, please visit our Donations page.

UPDATE! Belia has been adopted!

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

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Meredith Adams; Freya Hill; Anonymous

Added on December 18, 2015.

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