Emma is a one to two-year old Labrador Retriever-Shepherd mix who graduated from the puppy pile to the stockpile. She was surrendered, along with 11 other dogs and numerous cats, to the Aiken County Animal Shelter in South Carolina on February 11th when her elderly owner was hospitalized. The difference between a boarder and a hoarder, a pack and a packrat, could be seen in the unsanitary living conditions that had devastating results: seven of the twelve dogs were heartworm positive.

Mary Lou Seymour with The Heart Beat Goes On program is another type of collector. In order to save the lives of death row dogs, Mary Lou stores up contacts. On February 12th she began to reach out to her considerable “hoard” of allies. Dog Star Rescue in Connecticut responded on February 15th that they would like to pull Emma IF funding were available for the cost of the heartworm treatment. Mary Lou asked RADAR for assistance and we immediately agreed. Emma was safe on February 18th, just days after being put on the euthanasia list for being heartworm positive.

Emma received her heartworm treatment on February 23rd. She was very shy but sweet at the shelter, huddled in her kennel with another of her buddies and would not even come out. Once Emma was picked up and got out of the shelter, she was still shy but warmed up quickly. She has shown her manners by responding to “sit” and “shake.” She also takes treats so very gently! To view more photos of Emma, click here.

RADAR paid $250 towards Emma’s heartworm treatment costs.

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

UPDATE! Emma 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 Emma:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Black Dog Fund; Judith Apy

Added on March 9, 2015.

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