Dakota is a Sioux name meaning friend or ally, and that’s certainly what Dakota needed when she arrived at the Lee County Animal Shelter in South Carolina as a stray on January 18th. This two-year-old Pit Bull mix was black, heartworm positive, and had eight babies in tow making finding rescue for this family difficult. Shelter staff and volunteers immediately went to work to find a safe spot for this family, but the cost of treating Dakota’s heartworms was keeping this family from being rescued.

Luckily, Puppy Paws Rescue in Maryland offered to rescue Dakota and her babies, if her heartworm treatment could be covered. RADAR’s liaison with the Lee County Animal Shelter, Brandi Sowell, immediately contacted RADAR for help on January 30th. We agreed to assist to seal her rescue deal, and became another great ally on Dakota’s road to rescue. She received her heartworm treatment on March 21st.

While patiently waiting for her chance to leave the shelter, Dakota’s puppies were placed in foster care. Shortly after arriving in foster care her puppies were diagnosed with parvo. Unfortunately, four of her puppies succumbed to this horrible virus. The surviving puppies made a full recovery and were all adopted by wonderful families. Hilary and Mark Buskey worked tirelessly as they gave all they could to help their foster babies. Once Dakota was treated for heartworms, she had a spot waiting for her in their hearts and home until she is ready to travel to Maryland to find her furever home!

Here is what Dakota’s foster parents had to say about her, “Dakota is a love! We are so honored and grateful to be able to foster the mother of our sweet foster babies. Dakota and her babies will always hold a special place in our heart, and we are so thankful to everyone who has helped them on their journey!” Click here to view more photos of Dakota.

RADAR paid $250 towards Dakota’s heartworm treatment costs.

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

UPDATE! Dakota has been adopted!

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

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($50); Black Dog Fund ($50); Bully Breed Dog Fund ($50); Marcia Musser; Karon Harrold

Added on April 3, 2016.

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