Esther, the Queen of Persia, had changed her name from the Jewish name Hadassah when she married the King of Persia in order to hide her background. Esther means ‘hidden’ and Esther the dog had a dangerous hidden secret inside of her when she was surrendered to the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina on November 19th. This petite two- to three-year-old Labrador Retriever mix was surrendered with her three dog housemates, Leo, Brody and Mabel. Her owner could no longer care for the dogs. Esther, like Leo and Brody, had deadly heartworms hidden inside of her. It would be difficult to attract a rescue or adopter because heartworms are expensive to treat.
Brody and Mabel found rescue, while Esther and Leo waited a bit longer for any rescue interest. When Esther entered her second week on the urgent list, the offer on March 27th from Almost Home Dog Rescue in Pennsylvania to take Esther was most welcomed. However, help would be needed to cover the cost of her heartworm treatment. Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue, immediately sought our help. We agreed to help, and Esther had her heartworm treatment on April 23rd.
“Esther was timid when she first arrived,” Susan said, “and couldn’t understand what had happened to the home she was used to. Our dedicated staff and volunteers have worked to help her with her confidence and Esther started to open up and put her brave face on. When she finds her forever home, Esther will surely blossom like a flower that finds the sunshine. She’s met other dogs, both male and female, and has been a friend to all. Esther enjoyed when volunteers visited her and spent time with her just to help build her confidence. Esther is a gentle, loving girl with very soft fur whose fondest wish would be to live the rest of her days in a loving home.” To see more photos of Esther, click here.
RADAR paid all of Esther’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $243.
UPDATE! All funds for Esther have been raised! Thank you!
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Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Esther:
Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Connie Hardin; RADAR T-Shirt Fundraiser
If you are interested in adopting Esther, please contact Almost Home Dog Rescue.
Added on May 5, 2019.