While not yet quite as adept as the famous skateboarding dogs Tillman, El Biuf or Otto, Joy loves to shred the neighborhood. As a stray brought to the Darlington County Animal Shelter in South Carolina on May 4th, this six-year-old, 60-lb. Black Mouth Cur mix had several hurdles to leap before she could discover her love for skateboarding. Although initially shy and very scared, likely due to some poor treatment from humans in her past, Joy relaxed and quickly charmed the shelter staff. She was named for her love and zest for life. Unfortunately, Joy was a bit older and tested positive for heartworms, making her less attractive to adopters and rescues.

On June 23rd, Long Trail Canine Rescue in Vermont approached RADAR for help with Joy’s heartworm treatment so that they could take her. We were happy to help with the costs of her heartworm treatment and she got a ticket to ride on the next transport north. Joy arrived in Vermont on July 9th and had to have some emergency dental work done to remove a stick lodged in her mouth and several molars the stick damaged. Finally, on August 23rd, Joy received her heartworm treatment and continues to demonstrate her resilience as she recovers.

In her foster home in Vermont, Joy has been working on being brave out in the neighborhood and having positive reactions to new people and dogs. Life as a stray has made her a bit nervous outside of her home. When she is on her skateboard shredding the neighborhood she is more confident and focused. She enjoys puzzle toys in her crate during the day, string cheese as training rewards, and snuggling on the couch with her person at night. Joy is looking for a calm, lower-traffic home that will work to increase her comfort outside the house, and she would be thrilled to continue skateboarding! To see more photos of Joy, click here.

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

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

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 Joy:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Norma Larner; Rita Lewis; Jessica Marie; Elaine Stevens

If you are interested in adopting Joy, please contact Long Trail Canine Rescue.

Added on September 28, 2017.

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