Valentine’s Day 2013 was far from romantic for Gino. That was the day this seven-year-old Shar Pei-Labrador Retriever mix arrived at the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina. He was he covered in fleas and ticks, looked like he never had a bath, and at some point he had been attacked by another dog. To top it off, Gino also tested heartworm positive. Gino is a very meek and passive dog, was at a total loss at the shelter, spending most of his time curled up in the back corner of his kennel. It’s almost as if Gino realized that his age and heartworm status had his destiny doomed.

Prior to RADAR’s help with heartworm positive dogs at the Darlington shelter, dogs like Gino would have been euthanized immediately. But now these dogs are literally given “the chance of a lifetime” to find rescue placement. Once more, RADAR’s role was instrumental in saving Gino.

The New England Lab Rescue in Maine offered to take Gino if his heartworm treatment costs could be covered. And RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society volunteers, Susan Blakeney, immediately asked for our help. RADAR agreed to cover the cost of Gino’s heartworm treatment, which was done on March 12th. He is now in a temporary foster home awaiting his transport to Maine.

Susan had this to tell us about Gino, “He’s a quiet, older gentleman. Gino is sweet and tender. He’s the perfect size for any lap!” To view more photos of Gino, click here.

RADAR has paid all of Gino’s $355 heartworm treatment bill.

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

UPDATE! Gino 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 Gino:

Chloe’s SOS Fund; Bettina Steenson; Amy & Jim Riley; Diana Berkstresser

Added on March 15, 2013.

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