A kiss is just a kiss, unless it’s from this chocolate Lab, then it’s a Hershey kiss! One to two years old, this Labrador Retriever mix was brought to the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina by animal control on December 27th. No one came to claim this wonderful dog, and the weeks passed without any adopter or rescue interest. It didn’t help that he was heartworm positive. Hershey ended up on the shelter’s dreaded “Put to Sleep” list for February 12th.

Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue, contacted us on February 8th to see if we would provide an offer to assist with Hershey’s heartworm treatment as an incentive for a rescue to take him. We agreed at once. Although there still was no interest, snow and ice caused the February 12th euthanasias to be postponed for a week. This gave Hershey a much-needed gift of time.

We urgently reached out to several rescue partners in any effort to get Hershey placed before it was too late. Through RADAR’s networking efforts, on February 15th, Companion Animal Rescue & Education (CARE) in New Jersey agreed to take Hershey!

He received his heartworm treatment on March 18th. Susan shared this with us about Hershey: “He’s a friendly, very outgoing fellow, who is terrific around other dogs. He loves to go places and do things. Hershey is polite, well mannered and well groomed. He’s a cool, sweet dude!” Click here to view more photos of Hershey.

RADAR paid all of Hershey’s heartworm treatment costs totaling $262.

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

UPDATE! Hershey has been adopted! His rescue told us that, “Hershey’s new forever family is absolutely in love! He loves to run in the back yard and loves to fetch a tennis ball. He can’t get enough love and attention! He’s such a fantastic dog!”

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 Hershey:

Helping Hands for Hearts FundMelissa Feeney; Richard Forrest; Parker Andersen; Diana Berkstresser

Added on March 23, 2014.

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