RADAR’s first assisted dog of 2014 is Happy, giving a whole new meaning to Happy New Year! This four-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound arrived at the Dinwiddie County Animal Shelter in Virginia on November 3rd. The story of how Happy ended up at the shelter is a sad one. Happy and three other dogs became homeless when their owner died. Eventually, family members took two of the dogs, but Happy and his housemate Baby ended up stuck at the shelter.

After Baby was finally taken by a rescue, the shelter’s volunteer rescue coordinator, Tammy Czapla, turned her attention to Happy. Even though Happy was an in-house dog, where the shelter is located most folks do not consider Treeing Walker Coonhounds to be pets. So on December 9th, Tammy requested a RADAR assistance offer for Happy. We agreed at once, more than happy to help Happy. Through Tammy’s diligent networking efforts, PetConnect Rescue in Maryland committed to take Happy on New Year’s Day!

Happy had his initial vetting and neutering done on January 3rd. Fortunately, he tested heartworm negative. Tammy told us this about Happy: “He is a fun-loving, goofy fellow who is just a joy to watch while he runs and plays! Happy needs room to run and play, and the shelter environment was driving him crazy. He is house broken, and walks nicely on a leash. Happy loves other dogs!” Click here to see more photos of Happy.

RADAR paid all of Happy’s initial vetting and neutering costs of $125.

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

UPDATE! Happy has been adopted! His new name is Kevin!

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 Happy:

Catherine Morris; Fallon Braun; Amy Clauss Moorby; Britney Aldridge / Critter Captions; Kelsey Glander; Ken Siegert & Rick Thompson; Jennifer Siegert

Added on January 4, 2014.

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