Gus has a winning personality, but he drew a losing number when he came to the Aiken County Animal Shelter in South Carolina on December 15th. Gus is a four-year-old Labrador Retriever mix, a small fellow who weighs in at 39 pounds. He is super friendly and every day the Gusoholics club grows. But unfortunately, Gus is a black dog. Even worse, he tested heartworm positive, and that meant he would not be growing his fan base from the adoption floor. Gus had only one way to get out of the shelter: he needed a rescue to pull him.

On December 26th, Mary Lou Seymour with The Heart Beat Goes On program began networking Gus. On December 29th Gus was urgent and on death row. The next day, New England Lab Rescue in Maine expressed interest in pulling Gus if there were funds for the costs of his heartworm treatment. Mary Lou asked RADAR on December 30th if we could help, and we agreed.

On December 31st, Gus was on the bus to Sandy Crest Kennels for his heartworm treatment and recuperation. He received his life-saving heartworm treatment on January 12th. Here’s what this super-friendly guy has to say: “I am Gus and I love to give kisses. I am smart too, as I have learned to sit and shake. I will show you how well I walk on a leash. I am told that I am a good boy. I am ready for my forever home!” To see more photos of Gus, click here.

RADAR paid $250 towards the heartworm treatment costs for Gus.

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

UPDATE! Gus 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 Oliver:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Black Dog Fund; Paladin Training; Michelle Gamblin; Diana Cathcart; Mariam Wright

Added on January 21, 2015.

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