A rose is a rose is a rose, but this Iris was once a Periwinkle! Approximately four years old and a Pit Bull mix, Iris was originally known as Periwinkle when she arrived at the Duplin County Animal Shelter in North Carolina on June 24th. Iris was found as a stray. Not only was it obvious that she had already had many litters of pups, but also that she was about to have another litter. As if that weren’t enough, she was emaciated and tested heartworm positive. Being pregnant, a Pit Bull mix and heartworm positive was a dire combination.

On June 30th, Duplin animal advocate and RADAR liaison for the shelter, Gretchen Kozen, sought our help with Iris. We provided an offer to assist with her heartworm treatment costs as an incentive for a rescue to take her. On July 1st Pibbles & More Animal Rescue in New York stepped up to take Iris!

Iris gave birth to six puppies on July 11th. The puppies were born prematurely, and their lungs were not fully developed. Iris and her five surviving puppies were cared for at an emergency vet center. Sadly, within a two days all of her puppies died. Iris had a systemic infection and was severely dehydrated. After fully recovering, Iris was able to get her heartworm treatment done on August 10th and September 9th.

The rescue shared this with us about Iris: She has an incredibly sweet temperament, especially for a dog who’s been so mistreated. She loves all people, is calm, very timid in new situations, but with not a hint of aggression. She is a cuddlebug! She will make a great companion for a calm person who wants a friend to keep company, watch movies, and go for leisurely strolls. This poor dog has been through so much, but she continues to be sweet and loving in spite of her sadness and pain. We love her and hope she will have many happy years ahead of her.” Click here to view more photos of Iris.

RADAR paid $250 towards the heartworm treatment costs for Iris.

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

UPDATE! Iris 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 Iris:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Bully Breed Dog Fund; Karen Dymond; Celeste Grant; Laura Jones

Added on October 4, 2015.

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