Turning Jake into the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina on May 25th made his elderly owner’s heartbreak, but his owner could no longer care for this one- to two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix. However, it may have turned out for the best for Jake, as he had been kept outside on a tie-out in a backyard. And being outside led to a health issue that could not be ignored: heartworms. This otherwise highly adoptable dog had a bad break, as treating heartworms is a prohibitively expensive cost for both would-be adopters and rescues.
New England Lab Rescue in Maine told Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society, that they wanted to rescue Jake if his heartworms were treated. Susan contacted RADAR to ask for help on July 9th. We agreed to cover Jake’s heartworm treatment costs, which was completed on August 6th.
Jake is ready to bring an adopter the full pet package. Jake has come a far way from his life tied out in the backyard. He has become a skilled leash walker and is very open to training and learning dog tricks. He nicely meets other dogs and is very well-adjusted. Jake is a happy, joyous dog who is interactive and playful and ready to get to work in his new full-time pet position! A family with kids and other dogs would be a dream job to him that would only be enhanced if he had inside privileges which would include a comfy bed for him to snuggle up in. Jake loves being with his person and is smart as they come. To see more photos of Jake, click here.
RADAR paid all of $284 of the heartworm treatment costs for Jake.
UPDATE! All funds for Jake have been raised! Thank you!
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 Jake:
Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Sunday Wright Fund; Charisse Messina; Beth Higgins; 2020 RADAR Calendar proceeds
If you are interested in adopting Jake, please contact New England Lab Rescue.
Added on August 18, 2019.