Little Buttons is indeed as cute as a button! This three-year old Pug-Beagle mix arrived on July 15th at the Sampson County Animal Shelter in North Carolina. Buttons was picked up as a stray, but no one came looking for him. He appeared to be blind and possibly deaf. He had a urinary tract infection and an infection in both ears. And on top of it all, Buttons was also heartworm positive.

On September 5th, RADAR was asked to help. We immediately provided an offer to assist with the heartworm treatment costs for Buttons as an incentive for a rescue to take him. The very next day, Crate Escape, a small family-run rescue in New York, agreed to take Buttons! Crate Escape specializes in rescuing dogs from North Carolina who are in need of medical treatment and forever homes. He was transported to the rescue on September 6th.

Buttons had his heartworm treatment on September 12th and 13th. He received medication for his infections. Fortunately, he is not deaf; his hearing was temporarily impacted by the ear infections. However, the vet confirmed that Buttons is blind. The cause is PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), a genetic-related disease for which there is no treatment.

We were told this about Buttons from Crate Escape: “Buttons is a special-needs little fellow due to his blindness. But he knows to walk cautiously so that he doesn’t walk into anything too hard. Other than stairs, he gets around really well. He’s a quiet and low-keyed guy. Buttons is a love bug all the way! He likes to be around people and gets along with other dogs. His foster mom loves him!” Click here to view more photos of Buttons.

RADAR paid $250 towards the heartworm treatment costs for Buttons.

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

UPDATE! Buttons has been adopted!

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 Buttons:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Freya Hill; Linda Siegert / Collars of Hope Creations; Mary Brown Haak; Diana Berkstresser

Added on September 22, 2014.

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