Champ hopes to clamp onto a loving family’s heart. His future chances didn’t seem that positive when this solid-black, one- to two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix arrived at the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina on January 22nd as a stray. Champ showed that he was a sweet and affectionate fellow with dogs and with people. But his loving ways couldn’t cure his heartworm positive status. Champ would need costly medical treatment to cure his heartworms and find a rescue. He waited for two months, but there didn’t seem to be any rescue interest in him.

Finally, on March 24th, Peppertree Rescue in New York expressed interest in rescuing Champ. However, his heartworms would have to be treated before the rescue could take him. Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue, asked for our help and we put a rubber-stamp on Champ’s happy future by agreeing to pay for his heartworm treatment. Champ completed his heartworm treatment on March 31st.

“Champ loves everyone he meets, two-legged and four-legged,” Susan told us “He is immediately your best friend. He will give you hugs and kisses, putting a paw on each of your shoulders then kissing your cheek. Champ is waiting for a wonderful family to adopt him!” Be sure to view more photos in Champ’s gallery.

RADAR paid all of Champ’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $284.

UPDATE! All funds for Champ 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 Champ:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Black Dog Fund ($50); Maggi Berwind-Dart; Lea Davis; Janice Hallmark; Kay Poston

If you are interested in adopting Champ, please contact Peppertree Rescue.

Added on April 12, 2020.

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