At Christmas time we decorate with boughs of holly, but the Aiken County Animal Shelter in South Carolina was hearing bow-wows of Holly on December 10th when she came in as a stray, with her four-month-old pup Peanut. Holly, a three-year-old Labrador Retriever mix, was still nursing Peanut on admission. Holly, known as Frances at the shelter, was found to be heartworm positive, so she could not be adopted; her only chance at leaving the shelter alive was for a rescue to pull her.

Not only did a rescue need to be found for Holly, but the holiday season added extra pressure: the shelter closes for two days over Christmas, and generally euthanizes right before they close. Additionally, Holly is a black dog, the most at-risk of shelter dogs. Mary Lou Seymour of The Heart Beat Goes On program urgently networked Holly.

On December 21st Purr-Fect Match Animal Rescue in Wisconsin said they were interested if funding could be made available for the cost of the heartworm treatment. Mary Lou asked RADAR if we could help and we said yes! On December 22nd, Purr-Fect Match committed to taking both mom and pup. They left the shelter on December 23rd, spending Christmas at Sandy Crest Kennels in Chesterfield, South Carolina. Holly received her heartworm treatment on January 13th.

Holly has won everyone’s heart with her friendly, loving and energetic nature. “She is a very sweet gal who loves to give kisses! She came in with her pup, Peanut, and both are doing great. They both love attention and will make great family dogs.” To see more photos of Holly, click here.

RADAR paid $250 towards Holly’s heartworm treatment costs.

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

UPDATE! Holly 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 Holly:

Helping Hands for Hearts FundBlack Dog Fund; Karen Dymond; Diana Berkstresser

Added on January 28, 2015.

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