Bernard, a nine-year-old Labrador Retriever mix, ended up where no dog wants to spend his senior years: in an animal shelter. He arrived as a stray to the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina on March 4th. This black-furred fellow impressed everyone as being a sweet, gentle soul. Unfortunately, Bernard had some hidden health issues, including heartworms.

Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue, contacted us on March 29th. Bernard had a rescue and adopter lined up in New Hampshire. In order to transport him into New Hampshire, he needed to be treated for his heartworms first, as they will not allow any untreated heartworm positive dogs to enter the state. Susan asked us if could we help Bernard, and we said “yes.” After examining Bernard and viewing his x-rays, the veterinarian found that his lungs were too damaged to go through the strenuous heartworm treatment. While this pre-empted his transport to New Hampshire adopter, the good news is that Bernard is fortunate to be in a loving foster home in South Carolina.

“Folks really love this guy,” Susan told us. “Bernard is mellow and never in a rush. He is gentle-natured, and nicely mixes and interacts with other dogs. He’s a super handsome fellow with a thick and glossy coat and gets around easily. This boy just wants a loving home where he can be doted on and act out his part as the loyal Lab.” To see more photos of Bernard, click here.

RADAR paid all $221 of the vetting, blood test and x-ray costs for Bernard.

UPDATE We were informed on May 25th that Bernard is in hospice care with his permanent foster.

UPDATE! All funds for Bernard 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 Bernard:

Chloe’s SOS Fund ($50); Black Dog Fund ($50); Sherry Hutchison; Connie Ford; MoJo (aka Maurice); Linda Siegert / Collars of Hope Creations; Ebates

Added on May 17, 2019.

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