The fate of Gavin was far from a given. This approximately seven-year-old German Shepherd went to the Rowan County Animal Shelter in Kentucky after being picked up as a stray on January 11th. Despite being a sweet and quiet boy, poor Gavin had several strikes against him right from the start: he was an older dog, a larger dog, a black dog and a heartworm positive dog.
The dedicated volunteers at STAR (Saving The Animals of Rowan) were able to get Gavin’s initial vetting and neutering sponsored. The next step of finding a rescue was a bit more difficult due to Gavin’s heartworm status. But with the offer of assistance from RADAR in late January, Jo’s Hope for Kentucky Animals agreed to take Gavin!
Before Gavin could get to his new foster home with the rescue, he had some complications from his neutering, and had to return to the vet. While there, it was discovered that he had a neurological issue, that was causing him pain. He then spent some time recuperating in a temporary foster home. Finally, on February 9th, Gavin was able to go to his new foster family. The rescue’s vet determined that because of Gavin’s age and overall health, the best method of treating his heartworm would be the so-called “slow kill” method, which is simply giving the dog a monthly dose of heartworm preventative. RADAR covered the cost of a supply of the preventative, as well as pain medications. To see more photos of Gavin, click here.
RADAR paid $154 for Gavin’s medications and heartworm treatment.
UPDATE! Gavin’s foster family became so fond and attached to him, that they are providing him with a permanent foster home. Gavin loves his new family, including the children and other pets!
UPDATE! All funds for Gavin have been raised! Thank you!
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 Gavin:
JoAnn Lundin; Jennifer Siegert
Added on April 2, 2013.