Helping Hands for Hearts Fund

Unfortunately, many of the dogs that RADAR helps have not been loved and cared for the way they deserve, and many arrive at the shelter heartworm positive. For too many dogs, this is an automatic death sentence. Dogs who test positive sometimes are not even given the opportunity to be adopted or pulled by a rescue. Why? Because heartworm treatment costs money, and most shelters and rescues do not have the funds.

Due to this great need, we have established the Helping Hands for Hearts Fund. This fund is designed to supplement RADAR’s assistance of heartworm positive dogs by providing $50 to $100 towards each dog helped, as long as funds are available. Maverick is our 2020 Spokes-Dog for this fund, and he was helped last year through this fund. Click here to donate to help more dogs like Maverick.

Take a look at the dogs who have received assistance through this fund this year. Please click here to view links to articles and videos about heartworm treatment and prevention.

Prior to RADAR helping us, we did not have as many heartworm positive dogs even make it to the adoption floor. I am very pleased that it’s no longer a death sentence for a dog who comes into our shelter heartworm positive! RADAR has helped save so many dogs in Darlington, SC. Instead of telling a medically challenged dog, ‘We can’t afford to help you,’ we can now give them hope and a chance at life. — Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s Darlington County shelter liaison.

Your contributions to the Helping Hands for Hearts Fund will help us save more heartworm positive dogs by providing them with a second chance at life.

To see donors and assisted dogs from previous years, please click below:

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Donor List for the HHH Fund

Thank you to the following contributors:

Anonymous; Leigh Kincer; Sunday Wright Fund; Melissa Feeney, in memory of Bridget & Chad Johnson’s sweet dog, Rosco; Jennica Bramble, in honor of Emma Bramble’s birthday; Elaine Stevens; Kelley Doherty & Marcy Redick; Jim Lundsted; Victoria Adraktas; Jen Slater, in memory of MoJo; Joseph Robert Foundation; Linda Ferrell; Lori DeBusk; Ken Siegert & Rick Thompson; Vicki Boggs; Maggi Berwind-Dart; Amanda Shannon; Cathy Moore; Janice Hallmark; Brian Mertz; Patrick & Lorraine Smith; Jackie Larson; Lisa Wozniak; Jana Kelly; Jo Irvine

Thank you to the following contributors for donating in honor of Paula Ballard’s birthday:

Anne Grimes, Lisa Hartley, Erin Davis, Vickie Edwards, Lindsey Smith, Anonymous, Lana Kleeberg; Paula Ballard; Kathy McConnell; Mary Lou Grey James

Thank you to the following contributors for donating in honor of Samira Yaghi’s birthday:

Jacqueline Taylor, Lindsey Rankin, Kay Brinkley, Anonymous, Casey Martin, Lyn Denny, Emily Lumpkin, Gail Fox, Gail Partington, Susan Roe, Toni Malin-Vale, Christophe Masiero, Dennis Valpey, Kira Jones, Traci Richard, Terry Boss, Larry Marchant; Anonymous; Marcy Armell; Anna McCollum

Thank you to the following contributors for donating in honor of Ken Siegert’s birthday:

Cathy Moore; Laura Jones; Kathie Weinberg; Mary Haak; Peggy Marshall; Emily Finck; Corena Huffman; Janet Graham; Ruthie Rish; Vicki Boggs; Paula Ballard; Mary Ammerman Weber; Diane Mason; Rebecca Kuga; Linda Siegert; Sandy Van Nostrand; Jo Irvine; December Clark; Yaz Campanella; Gretchen Kozen; Amaliya Deluxx; Maggi Berwind-Dart; Jen Slater

Dogs Assisted Through the HHH Fund


Heartworm Disease in Dogs

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You’ve heard it before – your dogs should be on heartworm preventatives (preferably year-round, so that you don’t forget to start again!). Some might say that it’s too expensive. It’s about $150 for a year’s supply of preventative and for the cost of the test… or about 40 cents a day. That cost is well worth it when you consider the pain heartworms will cause your beloved pet, and the pain of potentially losing your pet to something that you can prevent.

Take a look at all of the dogs who have received assistance just this year through the Helping Hands for Hearts fund, and please make a donation.

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4 thoughts on “Helping Hands for Hearts Fund

  • October 1, 2014 at 11:01 am

    You guys are the light at the end of some very long and sad tunnels!! May God bless each of you and every single pup who you have given life to when otherwise they would not have!!

  • April 30, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Just look at all these beautiful faces who have been given a second chance at life! Absolutely heartwarming!

  • September 27, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    Thank you, RADAR, for helping our HW+ dogs from Aiken County SC receive their treatment and move on to their new life!

  • April 30, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Thank you so much for always giving to the ones most in need. We have been honored to host three RADAR dogs through their treatment and have seen the difference it makes!


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