Joshua became a General when he was in boot camp. Homeless, flea-ridden and starving, Joshua got conscripted into the Aiken County Animal Shelter in South Carolina on August 11th by the person who found him. Shelter staff named him “Joshua,” but the three-year-old, 69-pound Pit Bull mix only stood at attention to the name “General.” His marksmanship was outstanding. He was expected to advance through the ranks quickly, but unfortunately he did not pass the physical. He had kennel cough, and then tested positive for heartworms. He would not leave the shelter alive unless a rescue pulled him.

Mary Lou Seymour heads up The Heart Beat Goes On program. On August 18th she began to network General. With no prospects by August 31st, Mary Lou sent out an SOS: “No rescue. No funding. Must be OUT by 9-3.” General opened his eyes on September 2nd to find a ray of sunshine coming into the barracks: Palmetto Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) wanted to take him; the only problem was that they couldn’t afford the cost of the heartworm treatment. Mary Lou asked for RADAR’s help, and we agreed. General was safe on September 3rd! He had his heartworm treatment on September 22nd.

December Clark, Mary Lou’s partner with The Heart Beat Goes On program, says that General is a beautiful dog on the inside and out. He is not dog aggressive in the least, and would be a great companion for anyone. What were his last words upon departing the Aiken County Animal Shelter and uttered in his best Gen. MacArthur impersonation? “I shall not return!” To view more photos of General, click here.

RADAR paid $300 towards the heartworm treatment costs for General.

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

UPDATE! General 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 General:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Bully Breed Dog Fund; Meredith Adams; Laura Jones; Jennifer Siegert

Added on October 25, 2015.

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