Duke, Duke, Duke of Earl! Or, in this case, Duke, Duke, Duke of Aiken! A two-year-old Great Dane mix, Duke was surrendered to the Aiken County Animal Shelter in South Carolina on April 5th. Sadly, his owner died and the owner’s family could not care for Duke, so off to the shelter he went. Poor Duke had to deal with the loss of both his owner and his home. Only complicating matters, Duke tested positive for heartworms. Under the shelter’s policy he was not eligible for adoption. Only a rescue commitment could save his life.

On April 6th, Mary Lou Seymour of the Heart Beat Goes On program began her relentless efforts to find a rescue for Duke. With no luck, Mary Lou made an urgent plea on April 14th. This time, Pennsylvania Great Dane Rescue expressed an interest in taking Duke, but only if funding can found for his heartworm treatment costs. Mary Lou turned right to RADAR, and we agreed to help. Duke received his heartworm treatment on May 2nd.

“Duke’s a very big and very happy guy!” December Clark, Mary Lou’s partner with The Heart Beat Goes On program, told us. “He beats the heck out of you with his wagging tail! He was fun for the short time I had him with me. He’s leash trained, and had a good connection to his handler. Duke’s a great dog!” To view more photos of Duke, click here.

RADAR paid $300 towards the heartworm treatment costs for Duke.

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

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UPDATE! Duke has been adopted!

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

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Black Dog Fund ($50); Mandy Musser-Taccino; Marcia Musser; Karen Dymond

Added on May 18, 2016.

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