We don’t know if there was a Bert in this Ernie’s life, or if he is fond of getting baths with his Rubber Duckie! But we do know that Ernie was a very at-risk dog when he arrived via animal control at the Mercer County Animal Shelter in West Virginia on April 30th. Not only was he seven years old and a black dog, but he also had some Pit Bull mixed with his Labrador Retriever heritage. That combination did not bode well for Ernie at this rural kill shelter, where he went by the name Onyx.

On May 15th, RADAR provided an offer to assist with Ernie’s vetting costs as an incentive for a rescue to take him. On June 22nd, Virginia Paws for Pits agreed to take him! Volunteer Katie Gagliardo facilitated the rescue, and even had her father, Tom Gagliardo, serve as Ernie’s foster dad providing Ernie what he wanted most: a home to call his own and a soft bed to sleep on. He had his initial vetting done on June 16th, and was neutered on July 15th.

“Ernie is a great dog,” Katie told us. “His foster dad reports he is a pleasure to have, walks well on a leash, loves the cat in the home, and is an all around happy, friendly dog.” Katie also told us this: “Ernie has quite a bit of spark for an older dog, and truly loves life. He has a big silly grin and just about everything makes him happy! He is great with other dogs, and has been friendly and gentle with everyone he has met. He is full of tail wags and loves riding in the car. He likes walks and sniffing in the grass, but he also is happy to hang out at home and sleep by your side.” To see more photos of Ernie, click here.

RADAR paid $200 towards Ernie’s initial vetting and neutering costs.

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

UPDATE! Ernie 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 Ernie:

Chloe’s SOS Fund; Black Dog Fund; Tina Muncy; Karen Dymond

Added on August 2, 2015.

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