The right combination of the right people at the right time made all the difference for Bruiser. This two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix was found by a Good Samaritan in Beckley, WV, in January. After two weeks of unsuccessfully trying to find Bruiser’s owner, the man took the dog to the Humane Society of Raleigh County shelter in West Virginia. A large black dog is always at risk in a shelter, and Bruiser was no exception.

On February 1st, Kim, a foster for Tara’s House Animal Rescue in Maryland, was looking through online pictures of dogs needing urgent rescue at the Raleigh County shelter when she saw Bruiser. Unlike the other dogs, no one had shown any interest in Bruiser, or even posted any comments. Kim could not stop thinking about Bruiser. Two dogs she had been fostering had just been adopted. She knew Tara’s House Animal Rescue would take Bruiser if his vet costs could be covered.

When RADAR supporter and Advisory Board member, Cindy Hagan, found out about Kim’s efforts to save a black dog (one of Cindy’s favorites), she asked for our assistance. With all the pieces in place to save an at-risk black dog, our decision was easy: yes!

Bruiser had his initial vetting and neutering done on February 14th. He tested negative for heartworm. Bruiser arrived at his foster home on February 16th. Click here to see more photos of Bruiser.

RADAR paid all of Bruiser’s initial vetting and neutering costs of $92. Bruiser was also diagnosed with demodectic mange. RADAR paid the additional $65 for his medicine, bringing the total commitment for Bruiser to $157.

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

UPDATE! Bruiser has been adopted, and is now known as Beau!

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 Bruiser:

Nancy Barry; Kathy & Jeff Hicks; Rebecca Kuga

Added on February 16, 2013.

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