It’s not often that kennel cough can take credit for saving a dog’s life, but for Bolton that’s just what happened. This seven-year-old Bully Breed mix arrived as a stray at the Aiken County Animal Shelter in South Carolina on July 20th. Testing positive for heartworms, Bolton was not permitted to be on the adoption floor. Even worse, he had kennel cough and was placed in isolation. When his time was up, he was given a brief, but rare, reprieve because of his time in isolation. However, Bolton would still need a rescue commitment to get out the shelter alive.

Mary Lou Seymour with the The Heart Beat Goes On program bolted on to the computer to get the word out about Bolton. Despite her endless efforts, no rescue came forward for Bolton, who had three strikes against him: a senior, a Bully Breed mix and heartworm positive. Only one option remained: Shelter Animals Advocates, the parent organization of The Heart Beat Goes On, would pull Bolton if RADAR could assist. On August 9th, Mary Lou requested RADAR’s help and we agreed.

Bolton received his heartworm treatment on August 16th. Mary Lou’s partner with The Heart Beat Goes On, December Clark, had this to tell us about Bolton: “He is a very friendly and sweet boy. He just wants the human touch. He’s easy to walk on a leash. He is a bit reactive to dogs when they bark at him.” To see more photos of Bolton, click here.

RADAR paid all $375 of the heartworm treatment costs for Bolton.

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

UPDATE! Bolton has been adopted!

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

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Chloe’s SOS Fund ($100); Bully Breed Dog Fund ($50); RADAR Gives Hope T-Shirt Fundraiser

Added on September 4, 2016.

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