This Curly would be a dead ringer for Curly Howard of The Three Stooges if he weren’t so furry! Known as the class clown, this one- to two-year-old Shepherd mix arrived at the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina on April 24th as a stray. Curly had some problems though, including a cleft palate that had left him with a two- to three-inch hole in the roof of his mouth that needed to be fixed. He was lined up for an experimental surgery that had a chance to work, but it was expensive and could be even more so if it failed.

On August 29th, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue, Susan Blakeney, inquired to see if we could help with Curly. While she had been able to raise the funding needed for his surgery, she still needed help with his vetting and neutering costs. Caring for Creatures in Virginia, where Susan also volunteers, wanted to take him if his initial vetting and neutering costs were covered. We agreed. His experimental cleft palate surgery (done on September 12th) was marginally successfully, but the vets feel that he will be fine without additional surgery.  His routine vetting and neutering took place on October 22nd.

“I met this wonderful fellow,” Susan said, “on my visit to the shelter at the end of May. He is such a delight! He has been overlooked in most part because of his cleft palate. Curly is a pure joy to have right by your side. He’s super friendly, engaging everyone he meets. Curly is a happy, bouncy guy who loves to play and be a part of the fun and games. He’s an easy enough fellow to manage and does a nice job walking on his leash. Just like Curly Howard, this Curly will keep you in stitches!” Click here to view more photos of Curly.

RADAR paid all of Curly’s initial vetting and neutering costs, which totaled $211.

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

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UPDATE! Curly has been adopted! He’s been in a foster home while he received two additional surgeries to correct his cleft palate (he still has one more surgery to go). Curly’s foster family fell head over heels for him, and knew that they couldn’t let him go! His new name is Mickey!

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

Black Dog Fund ($50); Kathy O

Added on November 4, 2018.

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