Named Missy at the shelter and renamed Dakota, this stray eight-year-old German Shepherd mix arrived at the Duplin County Animal Shelter in North Carolina on March 21st. Due to the always overcrowded conditions at the shelter, a dog is urgent once he or she enters the doors. Dakota was even more urgent as she was a mostly black dog (less likely to be noticed), a senior and tested heartworm positive. The meaning of the name Dakota is friend, and Dakota needed some friends to save her with all the issues complicating her rescue.

RADAR received an urgent appeal from the aptly named Best Friend Pet Adoption in North Carolina on March 26th. Dakota needed out of the shelter and the rescue wanted to help her, but needed financial assistance with her heartworm treatment, as she also had some other medical issues that the rescue would cover. We also wanted to be a friend to Dakota and so we paid for her heartworm treatment on April 28th and 29th.

“Dakota is a sweet, quiet girl looking for a relaxing and easygoing household,” the rescue told us. “She is well behaved in her foster’s house, does not need to be crated and sleeps on her dog bed at night. Dakota does not get up on the furniture by her own choice. She loves toys, her favorite is her ball, which she carries around and chews on while her family relaxes in the evenings. Dakota lives with another dog and gets along with him. If you are looking for a low-key dog, Dakota would make a wonderful companion.” Dakota can also be a counter-surfer… she grabbed a cooked steak off the kitchen counter! Be sure to view more photos in Dakota’s gallery.

RADAR paid all $343 of the heartworm treatment costs for Dakota.

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

If you would like to help us have the ability to help other dogs, please visit our Donations page.

UPDATE! Dakota has been adopted!

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

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Chloe’s SOS Fund ($100); Black Dog Fund ($50); Maggi Berwind-Dart

Added on May 17, 2020.

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