It’s the amazing Grace! Approximately six years old and a German Shepherd mix, Grace was brought to the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina by animal control on January 4th. Nearly two weeks earlier her owner went to a nursing home and neighbors didn’t realize that Grace was still there. In that time she had no food. Despite being emaciated, she was very sweet and gentle. To make matters worse, Grace tested heartworm positive.
On January 5th, we received an urgent request from Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue. Caring for Creatures (CFC) in Virginia, where Susan also volunteers, was willing to take Grace if funding for her heartworm treatment could be provided. Rather than have Grace (known as Bethany at the shelter) spend the cold winter months outside at the open-air shelter in her weakened condition while she waited for a rescue commitment and then heartworm treatment, CFC would take her at once and have her treated by their vet. However the cost would be over $500. Thanks to the generous support of RADAR supporter Kathy O’Connor, we were able to provide the assistance and save Grace!
Grace quickly made her way to CFC, arriving on January 9th. This was the message CFC posted from Grace on January 10th: “Today is the beginning of a new life for me. I had a good first night resting in my private condo. My fleece-lined bed and the soft hum of the heater made for a very restful night. I am slowly getting back on my feet. Thank you again for helping and caring for me.”
After Grace gained some much-needed weight and her health improved, she was finally able to get her heartworm treatment done April 22nd and May 27th. Her heart suffered some damage from the heartworms, so she will have to remain on heart medication for the rest of her life.
This is how Grace describes herself: “I’ll admit that I can be shy in first meeting folks, but soon I will warm up to you and we will be very best friends. I’m a middle-aged lady who is not looking for a lot of excitement in my life. A low-key lifestyle and everything in moderation is my motto. A home free of other cats and other dogs would perfectly suit my style. I think you’ll agree when we meet, my gentle, doting personality is really all you will need to keep loneliness at bay.” To see more photos of Grace, click here.
RADAR paid all of Grace’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $544.
UPDATE! All funds for Grace have been raised! Thank you!
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UPDATE Grace crossed the Rainbow Bridge on October 3, 2019. Her rescue brought her back to both physical and mental health. She soon had a special role at Caring for Creatures, as she became the official office mascot. She was very food motivated, and so there was a treat bowl filled with Grace’s favorites. When someone visited the office, Grace was able to say “hello” and get a treat from a new friend and go for a walk. Unfortunately, Grace never fully recovered from the damage caused to her heart from heartworms. Recently, her breathing became labored and she was no longer interested in eating. It was decided that it was time to let her go. Rest in Peace, Grace.
Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Grace:
Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Kathy O’Connor; Ken Siegert & Rick Thompson; Kim Williams; Diana Berkstresser
Added on June 4, 2016.