Darla is a true Darlington darling, according to the staff at the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina. This senior eight- to nine-year-old Labrador Retriever mix was surrendered by her owner to the shelter on December 31st. Her name had been Diamond and she had lived her life on a chain. She did get some other dog companionship during that time, as the neighborhood has several wandering dogs. Darla was very thin and not surprisingly in a life outside in a hot, humid climate, she tested positive for heartworms. Darla had three impediments to a rescue or adopter: her senior age, her black fur which causes dogs to be ‘invisible’ to adopters and the expensive cost of treating heartworms.

On March 4th, Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue, told RADAR that Peppertree Rescue in New York wanted to find Darla a wonderful retirement home but needed her heartworms treated first. We agreed to help Darla. She had to recover her health before the strenuous heartworm treatment, putting on weight and receiving Doxycycline. She had her split heartworm treatments on May 13th and June 18th.

“Perfectly sized for laps of all ages,” Susan told us, “Darla has no idea how cute she is! This smaller-framed Lab mix did a wonderful job in working the crowd of humans and four-legged friends alike while out walking at the shelter. Polite and gentle-natured, Darla is curious and interactive and enjoys making new friends. Friendly with a touch of playfulness, Darla would be delighted to have children in her new home and also would look forward to having another dog to share her life with. The family who adopts this absolute sweetheart will be a fortunate one!” Be sure to view more photos in Darla’s gallery.

RADAR paid all of Darla’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $382.

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

While RADAR is no longer asking for donations for our nonprofit, we ask that you check out some of our rescue partners and make a donation to one or more of them.

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

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Chloe’s SOS Fund ($100); Black Dog Fund ($50); Second Chances Fund

If you are interested in adopting Darla, please contact Peppertree Rescue.

Added on July 12, 2020.

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