On the Tenth Day of Christmas (January 3rd), little Katie received something even better than ten Lords-a-Leaping: she was rescued!

Katie came to the Columbia County Animal Shelter in Georgia as a stray just before Christmas. She was matted, dirty and in sad shape. Her eyes were so dry that her matted hair stuck to her eyes. Being small, friendly and probably a purebred Shih Tzu, Katie should have been quickly adopted. Although the shelter staff tried to clean her up, all the Christmas adopters passed Katie up for puppies or better-looking dogs. It didn’t help that Katie is an older dog, estimated to be between seven and ten years old.

On January 3rd, the shelter sent an urgent email to rescues. Katie needed out immediately. Within minutes, Angels Among Us Animal Sanctuary in Pennsylvania, a rescue that specializes in senior dogs and a RADAR rescue partner, agreed to take Katie! Just minutes after agreeing to take Katie, Angels Among Us requested our assistance with Katie’s vet bills, and a few minutes later we agreed! And within a few more minutes, Shannon, Katie’s new foster mom in Georgia, had Katie safely out of the shelter! Shannon is also fostering RADAR-assisted Carter for Angels Among Us Animal Sanctuary.

That same day, Katie received her initial vet care and immediate treatment for her dry eyes. While she may never have good vision, she is not blind. She’s also heartworm negative. Katie was then groomed, and had all of her terrible mats shaved off. Her spay and dental treatment are scheduled for January 10th. To see more photos of Katie, click here.

RADAR paid all of Katie’s initial vetting, spaying and dental treatment costs of $269.

UPDATE! Katie was transported from Georgia to her new foster home in Maryland. She is now named Cookie!

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

UPDATE! Katie is now in permanent foster care!

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 Katie:

Darlene D’Amico; JoAnn Lundin; Britney Aldridge / Critter Captions; Anne Killeen; Daniel & Debbie Gates; Diana Berkstresser; Jennifer Siegert; Loretta Stadler

Added on January 6, 2013.

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