Bubba didn’t have any reasons to wag his tail when he was picked up on December 16th along a road in rural Virginia. Estimated to be at least 12 years old, Beagle Bubba was one of the early victims of “Beagle Season” in the southeast. He was emaciated and appeared to be in poor health, which led the animal advocate who found him to sign up as a foster for the local Isle of Wight County Animal Services shelter, so that he could be made more comfortable during his stray hold. He didn’t seem to have any real quality of life, and everyone involved expected his hold would culminate with a dignified end to a sad life.

Bubba on the day he was found

Then something amazing happened: after about a week of food and love, Bubba started feeling better! His bloodwork showed none of the heartworms, lyme disease or other ailments that often befall neglected outside dogs, though there were some issues that needed to be addressed. His gum and prostate infections resolved with antibiotics, but that was only a temporary fix and the infections would recur until he was neutered and had oral surgery. Because of Bubba’s age, his rescuers hoped to be able to have his surgery done by the vet who already seen him. On behalf of the shelter, the foster reached out to RADAR on January 5th for funding for Bubba. We agreed to assist.

On January 15th, Bubba was neutered, had a benign mass removed and received extensive dental treatment, including ten extractions! “He’s a great dog, easy to live with and very bright,” his foster family said. “And he’s learning how to wag his tail now, thanks to RADAR and their donors!” To see more photos of Bubba, click here.

RADAR paid all $496 of the neutering, mass removal and dental treatment costs for Bubba.

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

If you would like to help us have the ability to help other dogs, please visit our Donations page.

UPDATE! Bubba has been adopted!

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

Chloe’s SOS Fund ($100); Hound Dog Fund ($50); Sunday Wright Fund; Rebecca Kuga; Stephanie Sieradzki; Nathan Canu; Sarah Sarillana; Andrea Thompson; Audrey Balisky; Nadine Newhart; Barbara Moran; Anonymous; Brian Mertz; Kara O’Neil Chisholm; Tina Muncy; Mrs. Dymond’s Fifth Grade Class, for meeting their pass rate goal on their Oceanography unit test

Added on January 27, 2019.

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