Ellen has made it clear that Mama is really her name. This loving two-and-a-half year old Hound arrived at the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina as an animal control seizure on August 2nd. She didn’t arrive alone; she came with her ten three-week old puppies. Not only did Ellen have the puppies to take care of, but she was also heartworm positive. Her chances for rescue were lessened by this health burden compounded by dependent puppies. The shelter was full and Ellen and her puppies were in danger. Would someone come to the rescue?

On August 4th, Long Trail Canine Rescue in Vermont came to Ellen’s rescue. They had found a foster who would keep Ellen and her puppies safe. The only thing still needed was funding for her heartworm treatment costs. The rescue asked for RADAR’s assistance, and we agreed right away. The whole family was soon in Vermont. Ellen could not undergo treatment until the puppies were weaned. And then came a new complication: Ellen was worn out from her litter and the burden it put on her already frail body and was anemic. Bloodwork was done and a heart murmur was detected. It was decided to take a slower heartworm treatment protocol. She completed her heartworm treatments on March 3rd.

The foster had this to say about Ellen: “We call her Mama, she made it clear that’s her name. She’s a ball of love and wants your hands on her whenever possible. She has no idea that she is not a lap-sized dog, and we’ve yet to find a way to convince her of this! After sacrificing her health to the max raising her TEN puppies, this Mama is finally getting the rest and care she deserves. She’s gained weight, learned some house manners, and has proven what a dream she’ll be to her future home. Some superb leash skills, combined with being completely housebroken, extreme smarts and willingness to train, makes her the whole package!” To see more photos of Ellen, click here.

RADAR paid all $250 of first two injections for Ellen. The vet was kind enough to donate the third heartworm injection.

UPDATE! All funds for Ellen 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 Ellen:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Hound Dog Fund ($50); Linda Ferrell; Martha Stuart; Carole Duzich; Tina Muncy

If you are interested in adopting Ellen, please contact Long Trail Canine Rescue.

Added on March 24, 2019.

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