A hurdy-gurdy is a type of stringed musical instrument. But this Gertie, despite all the odds against her, has proven to be more of a hardy Gertie! One to two years old and believed to be a Belgian Shepherd mix, Gertie arrived at the Aiken County Animal Shelter in South Carolina on March 18th. Gertie and two other dogs, Cindy and Sunny, were surrendered to the shelter by their owner. All three dogs were extremely shy. Adding to Gertie’s woes, she tested heartworm positive. This meant that she could not be adopted. It would take a rescue commitment to save her life.

On March 21st Mary Lou Seymour with The Heart Beat Goes On program began networking Gertie. Mary Lou contacted RADAR on March 29th to get funding help for Gertie. She had a rescue willing to take Gertie if she could get some financial assistance. We agreed to assist with Gertie’s heartworm treatment costs. On April 2nd, Dog Star Rescue in Connecticut committed to take Gertie!

On April 14th Gertie had her heartworm treatment done. All that we know about Gertie is that she is very timid and shy. During her time at the Sandy Crest Kennels, where she recuperated from her heartworm treatment, Gertie was gentle, but very shy. Whenever she was let out of her kennel, she simply wanted to go back into it! To see more photos of Gertie, click here.

RADAR paid $250 towards the heartworm treatment costs for Gertie.

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

UPDATE! Gertie 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 Gertie:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Black Dog Fund; Ken Siegert & Rick Thompson

Added on May 16, 2015.

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