The name Byron means “barn for cows,” which works well for this big boy, given his cow-sized heart! Byron is a five-year-old Lab mix weighing in at 78 pounds. But don’t be fooled by his filled-out physique, because Byron is as sweet as they come. Sadly, this gentle giant found himself lacking a home, and ended up at the Aiken County Animal Shelter in South Carolina on January 30th. Byron’s bad luck didn’t stop there–he also tested positive for heartworms, which meant finding a rescue or adopter would be a lot more difficult.
On February 26th, Mary Lou Seymour of Shelter Animals Advocates (SAA) in South Carolina and its HeartBeat Goes On program sought our help with Byron. If funding could be found for his heartworm treatment, SAA would take him. We agreed to assist, and he completed his heartworm treatment on March 1st.
“I love big dogs!” December Clark, Mary Lou’s partner with SAA, told us. “And Byron is big, but he is so calm that I can walk him with my pinky! He is a nice laid-back big kid. This boy is going to make someone very happy!” To see more photos of Byron, click here.
RADAR paid all $365 of the heartworm treatment costs for Byron.
UPDATE! Byron has been transferred to Dog Star Rescue in Connecticut!
UPDATE! All funds for Byron have been raised! Thank you!
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 Byron:
Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Andy’s Safe Haven Fund, in memory of Ginnie Freeburn’s dog, Andy; PayPal Giving Fund; Leilani Campbell; Brian Mertz; Rebecca Kuga, in honor of Ken Siegert’s birthday; Karen Dymond, in honor of Ken Siegert’s birthday
If you are interested in adopting Byron, please contact Dog Star Rescue.
Added on March 24, 2019.