All those in favor of assisting Iris say “Eye!” This two-and-a-half-year-old Shih Tzu-Lhasa Apso-Maltese mix arrived at the Tucker County Animal Shelter in West Virginia on April 23rd. Iris was one of four dogs seized and taken into protective custody by animal control as part of a neglect investigation. Iris and two other small dogs were found living in a crate in filthy conditions without food or water in a trailer. A fourth dog, Shiloh, a 14-year-old Beagle mix who was left chained to porch with no food, water or shelter was also assisted by RADAR.

Iris had a case of cherry eye in her left eye. To better enable Iris to get a rescue commitment, shelter manager Cathy Parsons asked for RADAR’s help, and we agreed. Cathy managed to get a rescue lined up to take Iris and the other two small dogs, but then the rescue was unable to follow through. Fortunately, Reach Out Rescue & Resources in Maryland, who had already committed to taking Shiloh, agreed to take Iris and the the other two dogs! Iris had her cherry eye surgery done on July 1st.

Dana, the foster Mom for Iris, shared this with us: “Iris is a little insecure around new people, but once she warms up to you, she will melt your heart. She loves to cuddle with her human and canine friends. She is smart and has easily learned the commands “sit” and “come.” Iris enjoys the company of other small dogs; however, she is unsure how to play and sometimes gets nervous when other dogs are playing. We are working on her play skills, and she is slowly coming out of her shell. One of her favorite things is to get in the “big” bed with her foster Mom and foster Brother at bedtime. She will prance around the bed wagging her tail knowing that she has a comfy spot of her own and is included as part of a loving family!” To view more photos of Iris, click here.

RADAR paid all $246 of the cherry eye surgery costs for Iris.

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

UPDATE! Iris has been adopted by her foster family! Her forever Mom tells us, “Iris (now Lucy) completes us! It’s so great to see her happy! She’s had a rough life.”

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 Iris:

Black Dog Fund; Sandra Hardy; Judith Apy; Jane Sherlock; Mary Brown Haak, in memory of Linda Siegert’s Dad, Robert Swope; Mary Brown Haak, in honor of Jennifer Siegert’s birthday; Diana Berkstresser

Added on July 12, 2014.

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