People who ask why Johnny can’t read, don’t know much about dogs. Johnny, a sweet and gentle five-year-old Hound mix, might have read the writing on the wall when he showed up at the Aiken County Animal Shelter in South Carolina on September 29th. He was a stray, and heartworm positive. Had Johnny marched home instead, he might never have received the expensive medical care required to treat the heartworms. But Johnny’s heartworm status meant that he could not be adopted to the public. He went to the wing reserved for unadoptable dogs, each of whom has a “put to sleep” date. The only way Johnny would leave the shelter alive would be if a rescue pulled him.

Dogs spend most of their free time reading and writing (or at least, sniffing and posting). But Johnny needed help translating his message to human-speak. Enter Mary Lou Seymour of The Heart Beat Goes On program. On October 2nd, Mary Lou began to broadcast Johnny’s plight. On October 13th, Mary Lou asked for RADAR’s assistance with the cost of his medical treatment in order to make it possible for Dog Star Rescue in Connecticut to take Johnny. We agreed, and on October 14th Johnny had something new to write on the walls!

Johnny had his heartworm treatment done on October 21st. We’ve been told that Johnny is a bit shy at first, but darling with people, and has good doggy social skills. He looks forward to finding something good to read at his foster home. Perhaps a good cookbook? Click here to view more photos of Johnny.

RADAR paid $300 towards Johnny’s heartworm treatment costs.

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

UPDATE! Johnny 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 Johnny:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Hound Dog Fund; Keturah Johnson; Laura Jones; Kathryn Dotson; Susan Linkous

Added on November 23, 2015.

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