A smart dog in a remote rural shelter knows that when appearances mean everything, it’s better to stay out of sight until the time is right. A smart dog stays in the igloo-shaped doghouse in her run and, when all eyes are finally on “The Girl In The Igloo,” prances down the runway. Jean, a two to three-year-old Labrador Retriever-Bully Breed mix, came out to meet dogs and humans with an obvious affection for the former, but cold feet around the latter. A stray who came to the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina on September 1st, Jean would not be an easy dog to place with an adopter or a rescue. She had tested positive for heartworms and the cost of treatment would be a barrier to leaving the shelter alive.
Jean was placed on the shelter’s “put to sleep” list for November 11th. She could be euthanized any time after that date. On November 8th, Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue, urgently asked us for help. Home At Last Dog Rescue in Pennsylvania was willing to take Jean IF the cost of heartworm treatment could be covered. We agreed, and Jean was safe! She had her heartworm treatment on November 17th.
Jean’s foster mom, Lea, reports that Jean is slowly learning to trust humans. She is playful and confident around dogs, but quiet and reserved with people. A big milestone for her was sitting in someone’s lap! After a few days in foster care, Jean came over to Lea on her own several times and touched her hand. She also wants to come when she is called; you can tell she is thinking about it, but she usually makes it a couple of feet away and gets scared. Jean is happy with lots of tail wags and is learning to trust. The “Girl In The Igloo” is gradually warming up to people, just like the planet! To see more photos of Jean, click here.
RADAR paid all of Jean’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $252.
UPDATE! All funds for Jean have been raised! Thank you!
UPDATE! Jean has been adopted!
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Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Jean:
Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Kathy O’Connor
Added on December 12, 2015.