Gertie wasn’t the dog animal control was hoping to trap, but it was obvious that Gertie also needed the help of the Lee County Animal Shelter in South Carolina when she landed in their trap. Gertie was very thin and a senior gal of at least seven years old. A Labrador Retriever mix, she came into the shelter on April 29th. Gertie tested positive for heartworms and while the shelter could put some pounds on her, the cost of treating heartworms is too expensive for rural shelters to contemplate. Gertie was a shy, senior dog with the black fur that makes dogs passed over by rescues, and testing heartworm positive only seemed to make her future unclear.

On May 8th, Brandi Sowell, a shelter volunteer, reached out to RADAR, asking us to assist with the cost of Gertie’s heartworm treatment. A New Chance Animal Rescue in New York wanted to find a good home for Gertie to live out her senior years but funding was needed for her heartworms to be treated first. We committed to Gertie, as RADAR cares deeply for senior dogs (the co-founders have two senior dogs). Gertie continued to put on weight and have her condition monitored by a veterinarian until she was healthy enough for the arduous heartworm treatment. Gertie began her heartworm treatment in July.

“Gertie is a super low-key, old soul,” we were told. “She’s very easy going and just a tad shy. She’s very content just laying beside you while you work. She’s a wonderful girl, and we can’t wait to see her in a forever home!” Be sure to view more photos in Gertie’s gallery.

RADAR paid $350 towards Gertie’s heartworm treatment costs.

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

While RADAR is no longer asking for donations for our nonprofit, we ask that you check out some of our rescue partners and make a donation to one or more of them.

Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Gertie:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Chloe’s SOS Fund ($100); Black Dog Fund ($50); Second Chances Fund

If you are interested in adopting Gertie, please contact A New Chance Animal Rescue.

Added on July 26, 2020.

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