Benita is a fan of RV’ing (roving and visiting). When she came upon a trailer park in rural South Carolina, kind hearts and good cooks made her feel welcome enough to stay for several months. But a trailer can be towed when it’s time to go, and a dog who is a stray soon gets hauled in by Animal Control. On March 9th Benita gave up meals on wheels to sample the fare at the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina.

Sadly, Benita was found to be heartworm positive. On April 8th her name was placed on the “put to sleep” list for April 15th. She could be euthanized at any time after that date. A five to six-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix, Benita had caught the eye of Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue. Susan asked RADAR on April 8th to help with the cost of her heartworm treatment as an incentive for a rescue to take Benita, and we agreed that same day. On April 14th Caring for Creatures in Virginia committed to pulling Benita (Susan also volunteers with this rescue). Benita had her heartworm treatment on April 21st.

Benita impressed shelter staff and volunteers with her sweet and gentle nature. She was a model citizen, friendly and calm. She is good with other dogs, cats and children. She has learned to identify a camper, mobile home, trailer, Airstream and RV. But now she’s ready to learn about that thing called just plain “home.” To view more photos of Benita, click here.

RADAR paid all of Benita’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $264.

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

UPDATE! Benita has been adopted! Her new name is Bailey! 

UPDATE Unfortunately, Benita passed away from cancer and crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Rest in Peace, Benita.

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 Benita:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Black Dog Fund; Sandra Van Nostrand; Susan Blakeney

Added on May 6, 2015.

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