By golly, it’s Dolly! She is a four-year-old Lab mix who arrived as a stray on July 24th at the Columbus County Animal Shelter in North Carolina. Dolly, who was originally known as Deanna, was very pregnant, heartworm positive and a black dog. Her chances of getting out alive at this kill shelter were not very good if a rescue didn’t pull her.

On July 30th, Shannon Decatur with Purple Paws 2nd Chance Rescue in Virginia reached out to RADAR to ask for our help with the heartworm treatment costs for Dolly. If we could help, the rescue would take her, and we agreed! The rescue got her out of the shelter just in time for her 11 puppies to be born on August 4th.

In the days after giving birth, Dolly developed a cough that got increasingly worse. She was taken to the vet on August 11th. Blood work and x-rays led to a diagnosis of Stage 3 heartworm disease, pneumonia, an enlarged heart and liver, along with numerous microthrombi in her lungs. The decision was made to send some of her puppies to another nursing mom and bottle feed the rest. Due to the severity of her condition a gradual heartworm treatment plan was recommended. She received her final treatment on November 14th.

“Dolly’s personality is very sweet and caring,” Shannon shared with us. “She is patient with the other dogs in her foster home, and takes to the young dogs quickly. She has become more outgoing, leaving her shy timid side behind. She loves people of all ages, and kids especially. She is a very mellow girl but also loves to play with her fur fosters. She really is a gentle soul.” And, in case you were wondering… all 11 of her puppies have been adopted! To see more photos of Dolly, click here.

RADAR paid $250 towards the heartworm treatment costs for Dolly.

UPDATE! All funds for Dolly 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! Dolly has been adopted!

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

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Black Dog Fund ($50); MoJo (aka Maurice); Judith, Mark & Mandy Chien; Linda Siegert

Added on December 29, 2018.

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