“Oh, where have you been, Billy Boy, Billy Boy? Oh, where have you been, Charming Billy?” That’s a good question since Billy was found as a stray! Approximately 10 years old, Billy is a Labrador Retriever mix who arrived at the Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center shelter in Augusta County, Virginia on May 20th. Finding folks to adopt a senior dog, much less a black dog with heartworm and Lyme disease, is next to impossible at this very rural shelter which is usually, and unfortunately, filled to the gills most of the time.

One of RADAR’s partners, the Highland County Humane Society (HCHS) in Virginia, was planning on pulling several dogs from this shelter. Dorothy Terry, an HCHS volunteer, saw Billy and alerted HCHS to Billy. He was coming off of his stray hold, and most likely would be euthanized. Corena Huffman with the HCHS contacted us to see if we could assist them with Billy’s heartworm treatment costs so that they could save Billy. Of course, we agreed. Billy was safely out of the shelter on May 29th. He had his initial vetting done and was treated for the Lyme disease.

Billy received his heartworm treatment on July 9th. Corena shared this with us this about Billy: “He is a foster favorite. He’s quiet and loving. Billy is low key and low energy. He is happy to bask in the sun or cuddle on the bed. Billy is respectful of other dogs and fine with children. He is house trained. He loves affection, and with his sad, gentle face he is so easy to love!” And lucky for Billy, he gets to have Dorothy as his foster mom! To view more photos of Billy, click here.

RADAR paid all of the $265 heartworm treatment costs for Billy.

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

UPDATE! Billy has been adopted! You can read more about his new life here.

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 Billy:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Chloe’s SOS Fund; Black Dog Fund; Mountainside Country Store; Kathy O’Connor; Lisa Ladew; Rebecca Firman

Added on July 29, 2014.

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