Bear with us, we have a Grizzly! On April 25th, two-year-old Grizzly arrived at the Chesterfield County Animal Services shelter in South Carolina. A Shepherd mix, Grizzly was found wandering as a stray. Unfortunately, Grizzly tested heartworm positive, and when combined with being a black dog, this put his life in jeopardy. On April 28th, the shelter contacted us with an unusual request involving Grizzly.

We had recently provided an offer for a dog named Mama at this shelter. Michelle Neufeld Montak, the director of Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue in New York, had agreed to take Mama. Sadly, right after Mama went into temporary foster care, she was diagnosed with distemper and died. Michelle was interested in pulling another heartworm positive dog at the shelter in honor of Mama, and Grizzly was the dog she chose. The shelter asked us if we could apply the funds we had set aside for Mama to Grizzly. We agreed and Grizzly was safe! He received his heartworm treatment on June 8th.

“His name may be Grizzly, but he’s more like a teddy bear!” Michelle told us. “Grizzly is very gentle. He is house-trained and walks well on a leash. Grizzly adores his people and will follow you around just to be close to you. He loves playing ball, but is also always up for cuddle time and affection. He is excellent with other dogs and loves children. He would really love an awesome family who has time to spend with him and lots of love to give.” To view more photos of Grizzly, click here.

RADAR paid all of Grizzly’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $320.

UPDATE! Grizzly has been adopted and renamed Ace!

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

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 Grizzly:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Black Dog Fund ($50); Claudia Chandler, “Thank you for saving our Grizzly (now known as Ace). We are forever grateful!” 

Added on June 11, 2016.

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