American novelist Herman Melville was once quoted as saying this: “Friendship at first sight, like love at first sight, is said to be the only truth.” This Herman, a seven-year-old Labrador Retriever mix, might not know the joy of sight, but he does know the joy of friendship. Herman is blind, and when he was stranded at a common dumping ground in Blount County, he had no idea where he was. Thankfully, a couple found him and cared for him for a few days while they searched for his owner. After being unable to find them, the couple took Herman to the Blount County Animal Center in Tennessee on August 14th. Sadly, Herman was also heartworm positive.

On August 19th, Kristin Baksa, RADAR’s liaison at the shelter, contacted us for help with Herman’s heartworm treatment costs. As a blind, black, senior dog with heartwoms, Herman is the epitome of a RADAR at-risk dog, so of course we agreed at once to cover his heartworm treatment costs. He had his treatment done on September 10th and 11th.

“Herman was so lost at the shelter with new surroundings that he couldn’t navigate and lots of barking dogs,” Kristin told us. “It broke my heart! However, the good news is that the couple who found him agreed to foster him through his heartworm treatment. So he only had to be at the shelter for a few days. He was just starting to figure out the layout of their home when they brought him in, although they were keeping all the lamps on the floor so they wouldn’t get knocked off the table. He also likes to wedge himself under the foot-rest of the recliner, trapping his foster dad in the chair!” To see more photos of Herman, click here.

RADAR paid all $461 of the eye tests and heartworm treatment costs for Herman.

UPDATE! Herman has been adopted by his foster family!

UPDATE! All funds for Herman 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 Herman:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Chloe’s SOS Fund ($100); Black Dog Fund ($50); Sunday Wright Fund; Roxanne Stevens; Wendi LeConey; Mary Haak; Karen Dyomnd

Added on September 23, 2018.

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