In the card game of life, James was a discard. This very sweet gentle boy, a four-year-old Labrador Retriever-Chow Chow mix, was surrendered by his owner to the Aiken County Animal Shelter in South Carolina on November 10th. This facility is a high-kill shelter with annual intakes in the thousands. The deck was stacked against James even more when he tested heartworm positive. Aiken County regulations deem that heartworm positive dogs cannot be adopted. James had two choices: euthanasia or get pulled by a rescue.

Mary Lou Seymour, of Shelter Animal Advocates for the ACAS, had to shuffle fast. James was a candidate for their “Heart Beat Goes On” program, but when a dog is heartworm positive Mary Lou has only two to three days to find a rescue and raise funds. In what can only be called a “good deal,” on November 20th, Lori Free with Purr-Fect Match Animal Rescue in Wisconsin offered to take James if RADAR could help with the heartworm treatment expense. RADAR immediately agreed, and James was back in the game!

James’s heartworm treatment was done on December 5th. In early January, James will be transported to Wisconsin where he can start life with a winning hand, and doing his favorite things: running, playing with other dogs, chewing those hard-knotted things and eating! James loves jam, and how fitting since he had been in a real jam at the shelter! To see more photos of James, click here.

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

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

UPDATE! James 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 James:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; James Lundsted; Amy Clauss Moorby

Added on December 15, 2014.

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