It is with a heavy heart that we share Jasper’s story. A three-year-old Doberman-Shepherd mix, Jasper arrived as a stray at the Aiken County Animal Shelter in South Carolina on July 10th. He was very thin, but ever so nice. Like so many dogs at this rural shelter, Jasper tested heartworm positive. That meant that his only hope of getting out of the shelter would require a rescue commitment.
Mary Lou Seymour of The Heart Beat Goes On program began getting the word out about Jasper on July 23rd. By month’s end she had a rescue interested. Now all that she needed was funding. Mary Lou turned to RADAR and we agreed to cover Jasper’s heartworm treatment costs. On August 3rd Dog Star Rescue in Connecticut committed to take Japser. He received his heartworm treatment on August 14th.
December Clark, a volunteer with The Heart Beat Goes On, noticed on August 16th that Jasper’s respiration was fast, but he had no edema, was not coughing, and was eating. December planned to take him to the vet the next morning. Sadly, Jasper died in his sleep overnight. Mary Lou and December were devastated by his sudden passing. He was only the second dog they have lost during heartworm treatment.
“Jasper was a super nice and loving dog,” December told us. ” He seemed to enjoy toys that squeaked. He didn’t bark. He walked well on a leash. Jasper was just an all-around nice guy who would have been a great adoptable companion.” Click here to view more photos of Jasper.
RADAR paid all of Jasper’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $342.
UPDATE: All funds for Jasper have been provided.
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UPDATE: We have some very sad news to share with you: Although his heartworm treatment seemed to go well, a few days later Jasper passed away peacefully in his sleep, crossing the Rainbow Bridge on August 17, 2015. Mary Lou Seymour and December Clark, who run The Heart Beat Goes On program and work tirelessly to save the heartworm-positive dogs of Aiken County, were devastated by the unexpected and sudden loss of Jasper. Rest in peace, Jasper.
Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Jasper:
Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Anonymous; Ken Siegert & Rick Thompson
Added on August 18, 2015.