Jessica just needed a lucky break. Her combination of being a black dog, a larger dog and a heartworm positive dog put her at greater risk of not finding an adopter or rescue. Estimated to be four years old, Jessica is a Labrador Retriever mix. She arrived as a stray at the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina on February 6th. No one ever came looking for Jessica.

The lucky break came for Jessica on February 28th, when Long Trail Canine Rescue in Vermont offered to take her! However, the cost of Jessica’s heartworm treatment needed to be covered. We received a request to assist from Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue. We agreed, and Jessica was safe! She was able to await her treatment in a temporary foster home. She had her heartworm treatment done on April 29th.

Susan shared this with us from an earlier meeting she had with Jessica at the shelter: “She is very gentle and responsive. When we walked past the kennels of barking dogs, she remained cool and calm. We went into the building housing cats, and she was friendly towards them, even as they hissed! When two little girls met Jessica, she lowered her head and presented herself for petting, almost rolling over. Other dogs were nearby and she welcomed their company, greeting nose to nose. Jessica is a sweet lady who has a prefect temperament for kids and other dogs, and is ready for her full-time family pet position!” Click here to see more photos of Jessica.

RADAR paid all $333 of Jessica’s heartworm treatment costs.

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

UPDATE! Jessica has been adopted!

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Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Jessica:

Helping Hands for Hearts FundBlack Dog Fund; Judith Apy; Leslie Schleiger; Diane Mason; Diana Berkstresser; Laura Poole; Tanya Graves-Canaday; Mary Stompe; Patrick & Lorraine Smith; Melissa Feeney; Sherry Hutchison, in memory of Kylie, my Black Lab mix angel; Karen Dymond

Added on May 4, 2014.

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