Horatio Alger was famous for his “rags to riches” stories, and this Horatio’s story has a similar “rags to riches” ring to it. Estimated to be seven years old, Horatio is a Coonhound mix who was found on a mountain top along with three other Hounds. The good samaritan who found the four stray dogs took them to the Smyth County Animal Shelter in Virginia on February 29th. While all the dogs were emaciated, Horatio was in the worst shape by far. He had lots of scratches, some old wounds, several lumps and terrible teeth.

On March 9th, the shelter requested RADAR’s help with Horatio. We provided an offer to assist with his vetting costs to help encourage a rescue to pull him. On March 21st, King George Animal Rescue League (KGARL) in Virginia committed to take Horatio. This organization helps save at-risk dogs in this rural area by getting the dogs safely out of the shelter and facilitating their vetting, and then networking the dogs to reputable rescues.

Horatio had his initial vetting done on March 23rd. The next day he was neutered and had a testicular tumor and several other growths removed. He will receive dental care once he has fully recovered. When Horatio was pulled by KGARL he weighed only 30 pounds. He did well in his temporary foster home, getting the care and nutrition he needed. Horatio now weighs a much healthier 43 pounds! His foster told us this about Horatio, “He’s great! Such a great dog. He is mostly deaf… sometimes I startle him. He’s come a long way!” Click here to view more photos of Horatio.

RADAR paid $200 towards Horatio’s initial vetting, neutering and tumor removal surgery costs.

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

UPDATE! Horatio 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 Horatio:

Chloe’s SOS Fund ($50); Hound Dog Fund ($50); Sabrina Lopez

Added on April 10, 2016.

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