Gilda was found in a trap, and it must have been a good-sized trap as she is a Great Dane mix! This three-year-old with a lovely merle coat came into the Blount County Animal Center shelter in Tennessee on May 8th. Unsurprisingly for an unclaimed stray, Gilda’s health care had been neglected and she tested heartworm positive. A shelter volunteer dog walker fell in love with Gilda and took her home to foster, but Gilda was still in need of heartworm treatment to make her adoptable or of interest to rescues.

Stephanie Garrett, RADAR’s liaison with the Blount County Animal Center shelter, asked for RADAR’s help with Gilda’s heartworm treatment on June 11th. We agreed to help. Gilda had her back-to-back heartworm treatments on June 23rd and 24th.

Gilda’s foster has so many good things to say about Gilda:. “It has been a joy to have Gilda with us! She started coming out of her shell over the week she was at the shelter and we have seen even more of her goofy, playful side during the past days that she’s been with us. She is just the perfect mix of sweet and silly! She gives the best hugs, pressing up next to you like she just can’t get close enough. And she does some of the funniest things- chasing butterflies and scaring herself with her squeaky toy. The fact that she is so well behaved is icing on the cake!” Be sure to view more photos in Gilda’s gallery.

RADAR paid all of Gilda’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $361.

UPDATE! All funds for Gilda 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 Gilda:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Black Dog Fund ($50); Sunday Wright Fund; Rebecca Kuga Fund; Second Chances Fund

If you are interested in adopting Gilda, or represent a rescue interested in pulling Gilda, please contact Stephanie Garrett at the Blount County Animal Center.

Added on July 12, 2020.

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