Ellis was in need of his own type of Ellis Island: a safe passageway to a new land of freedom and opportunity. When his family moved at the end of October, this eight-year-old Boxer mix was surrendered to the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina. Poor Ellis had three big strikes against him at this high-kill shelter: he was a senior dog, a larger dog (70-lbs.), and tested positive for heartworm.

As oblivious as Ellis seemed to all the noise and chaos of the shelter day and night, and despite getting along well with the other dogs, he desperately needed to emigrate from the shelter if he was going to survive. Thanks to the efforts of the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue volunteers, Furever Friends Rescue in Rochester, NY, agreed to take Ellis, but only if his vetting and heartworm treatment bills would be paid.

RADAR’s faithful partner with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue, Susan Blakeney, sought our assistance for the estimated $410 vetting and heartworm treatment. How could we not commit to assist this at-risk senior dog? So, of course, we agreed!

But when Ellis went for his heartworm treatment on January 16th, a retest showed that he was heartworm negative! That was great news for Ellis and RADAR! Ellis had his initial vetting and neutering done on January 17th.

Susan had this to share with us about Ellis: “He’s a Southern Gentleman through and through! He is just as sweet and low key as they come. Ellis is a wise dog who still has some nifty tricks up his senior sleeves!” To view more photos of Ellis (taken by Susan), click here.

The $53 initial vetting and neutering bill for Ellis has been paid by RADAR.

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

UPDATE! Ellis has been adopted!

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 Ellis:

Bettina Steenson

Added on January 22, 2013.

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