This dog was not alone when his owner surrendered him to the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina on October 12th. He was filthy. The fleas and gnats on this dog, whose collar was so tight it had to be cut off, were singing “Hitchin’ a Ride,” but soon changed their tune to “Splish, Splash, We Was Takin’ a Bath.” The Bobby Darin hit became the inspiration for the dog’s new name: Darin. Lots of shampoo later, Darin was actually a white dog with large brindle patches! Unfortunately, the three to five-year-old Bully-Hound mix was heartworm positive.

Weeks passed with no interest in Darin. On December 3rd, Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue, asked us for help. Darin had been placed on the shelter’s “put to sleep” list for December 9th, which meant he could be euthanized any time after that date. We provided an offer to pay for the cost of Darin’s heartworm treatment as an incentive for a rescue to take him. On December 7th, One Life to Live Pet Rescue and Adoption in Pennsylvania committed to take Darin! He had his heartworm treatment on February 9th.

Darin might not be fond of baths, but he had made a big splash with shelter staff and volunteers! Everyone loved the sweet calm dog who was curious but not nosy, friendly but not intrusive, sociable but not the life of the party, and indifferent to cats. At his going away party Darin received a shower — of kisses! To view more photos of Darin, click here.

RADAR paid all of Darin’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $322.

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

UPDATE! Darin has been adopted!

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 Darin:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Bully Breed Dog Fund ($50); Melissa Feeney; Connie Ford; Ken Siegert & Rick Thompson; Melissa Feeney, in honor of Bridget Johnson’s birthday

Added on February 27, 2016.

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