Keena and her canine companion Maisie had spent their entire lives together, chained outside. Both dogs are one to two-year-old Shepherd mixes. It’s possible that they are either siblings or perhaps even mother and daughter. They arrived at the Duplin County Animal Shelter in North Carolina on June 2nd. Both dogs were frightened at the shelter and closely bonded with each other. At this overcrowded kill shelter, time was not on their side. Making matters worse, both Keena and Maisie tested heartworm positive.

On June 7th, Gretchen Kozen, Duplin animal advocate and RADAR liaison for the shelter, requested our help for Keena and Maisie. We provided an offer to assist with their heartworm treatment costs to encourage a rescue to take them. The very next day, the East Coast Canine Alliance in Virginia pulled Keena and Maisie! Initially they had to be boarded and treated for worms and skin issues. After a securing a foster home in early August where Keena and Maisie could be together, they could proceed with their heartworm treatment, which took place on September 27th.

The rescue had this to share with us about Keena: “She is very attached to Maisie and counts on her to feel safe. They are making great strides in becoming less afraid. They are amazingly sweet, forgiving and loving dogs. They love each other and other dogs so much and get along great. They will find a family that will make them family members and always be cherished and cared for properly. We can’t change their past, but have now changed their lives forever.” To see more photos of Keena, click here.

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

UPDATE! All funds for Keena 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 Keena:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Claudia Gorby; Chris & Bruce Leone; Lori Lane

If you are interested in adopting Keena, please contact East Coast Canine Alliance.

Added on November 13, 2016.

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