The name Darius means being rich and kingly, but for this Darius it was more like being a pauper. One to two years old and a Bully Breed mix, Darius and his likely mother, Kelsey, were picked up as strays by animal control and taken to the Darlington County Animal Shelter in South Carolina on September 26th. Kelsey was very pregnant. Their owner came to claim Kelsey, but the shelter convinced him to let her give birth at the shelter. The owner never expressed any interest in poor Darius. Fortunately, the owner never returned and the dogs did not have to return to their former life of living tethered outside. Kelsey gave birth shortly thereafter and she and her pups were safe.

Darius had two difficulties: he was heartworm positive and had an old injury impacting his front left leg. On October 20th, Long Trail Canine Rescue in Vermont approached RADAR for help with his heartworm treatment so that they could take him. “He has been overlooked at the shelter,” the rescue said. “We’d like to help him find a family to love him forever.” We agreed to help and Darius made his way to Vermont.

Darius had his heartworm treatment on December 20th. And what about his leg? Turns out that his old injury was a break in his elbow that never healed correctly and will continue to cause him to limp.

We were told that three words describe Darius: gentle, loving, appreciative. He just melts into you when you sit down beside him. He is a bit timid, but as sweet as can be! With the help of his Vermont foster family, he has proven to be well adjusted, happy, well mannered! To see more photos of Darius, click here.

RADAR paid all $250 of the heartworm treatment costs for Darius.

UPDATE! Darius has been adopted… by his foster family!

UPDATE! All funds for Darius 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 Darius:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Bully Breed Dog Fund ($50); Brian Mertz; Anonymous; Alysia Intili; Anonymous; The Morgan Family

Added on February 10, 2019.

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