Hi! It’s me, Emmitt, and I’m here to tell you my sad story that has a happy ending. I’m an eight-year-old Flat-Coated Retriever mix. Things were going along just fine for me until my owner died. Then my life was turned upside-down. On April 27th I was surrendered to the Chester County Animal Care & Control shelter in South Carolina. As if that weren’t bad enough, I found out that I was heartworm positive. Then I learned that black dogs and older dogs are often the least likely to get adopted in shelters. What a bummer being heartworm positive and an older black dog at this overcrowded rural shelter.

Just when all hope seemed to fade, an angel advocate appeared in the form of Emily Ward. She told me that I was the sweetest and most gentle dog she had ever met at the shelter! Emily immediately contacted a group called RADAR that helps at-risk dogs like me. Thanks to the support of their kind donors, they were able to provide an offer to cover my heartworm treatment to try to encourage a rescue to take me. Imagine that!

And it worked! On April 30th Project Hope Animal Rescue in Michigan stepped up to take me! Boy was I in for one heck of a road trip! But first I had to get my initial vetting done and wait out a quarantine period at my temporary foster’s home. On June 6th and 7th I made the amazing transport trip from South Carolina to my new foster home Michigan. A few days later, on June 11th and 12th, I received my heartworm treatment. Thank goodness that’s over!

My foster mom says that I’m such lovely boy, and quite spry for my age! I must admit, I am now enjoying the good life and getting spoiled. I told you this story had a happy ending! Click here to see more photos of me.

RADAR paid all of Emmitt’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $239.

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

UPDATE: Emmitt crossed the Rainbow Bridge on July 17, 2015. He died in the arms of his foster Mom. His heartworm infestation was much worse than originally thought, and it was just too much for Emmitt to overcome. Emmitt’s foster family loved him very much, and will keep his ashes as a memorial. Rest in peace, Emmitt.

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 Emmitt:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Chloe’s SOS Fund; Black Dog Fund; Tina Muncy; Miriam Keslar

Added on July 8, 2015.

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