Not much seems to overwhelm Elmer, a two-tone Hound mix who showed up as a stray at the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina on June 26th. This  two- to three-year-old fellow was happy-go-lucky despite entering a crowded shelter. Fortunately for Elmer, he had no idea that he tested positive for heartworms. The health news might have affected Elmer’s mood, as heartworm positive dogs have a harder time getting a rescue to pull them from the shelter. The cost of treating heartworms is a costly endeavor for rescues, who depend on donations and grants.

Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue and a volunteer at Caring for Creatures rescue in Virginia, managed a possible solution to Elmer’s troubles. She asked RADAR on June 26th if we could help the rescue and Elmer by covering his shelter pull fees, neuter and heartworm treatment. We committed to Elmer. He had his heartworm treatment on July 28th.

Susan just loves Elmer! “Real Men wear crocheted bandanas! Just ask Elmer! This super cool dude really wowed us with his positive approach to life and his nonstop smile. Elmer is a keeper! So very, very pleasant, he is equally as good with humans as he is with other dogs. Elmer takes everything in great stride and is happy to stop and smell the flowers. Toys did not seem to be of much interest to him …hanging close with humans and or simply chilling with other dogs seemed to bring out his biggest grins. Just happy to go and do, Elmer is a lovely leash walker and is such a sweet, gentle-natured being. All he really wants is some love (belly rubs are very welcome) and a bit of attention and he is good to go! Kids would delight in this hound and he would delight in them. This family friendly dog is ready for his new family!” Be sure to view more photos in Elmer’s gallery.

RADAR paid all of Elmer’s pull fees, neuter and heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $546.

UPDATE! All funds for Elmer 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 Elmer:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Hound Dog Fund ($50); Sunday Wright Fund; Rebecca Kuga Fund; Ken Siegert & Rick Thompson; Second Chances Fund

If you are interested in adopting Elmer, please contact Caring for Creatures.

Added on August 8, 2020.

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