Kirby and Sherman, two big boys out for a walk in the ‘hood, were picked up on Friday the 13th in February and taken to the Aiken County Animal Shelter in South Carolina. Kirby wasn’t in the derby but he was still in a race against time. Heartworm positive and three to four years old, it was anyone’s guess how long he had been ill. The fatal disease would gain on him. But how to get him treated? Handicaps were that he was a large dog; he was a mix of Labrador Retriever and Hound; he was black; and at 70 pounds, his heartworm treatment would be costly.

On February 23rd Mary Lou Seymour with The Heart Beat Goes On program began to search for a rescue who would take Kirby. Purr-Fect Match Animal Rescue in Wisconsin was interested but only if there was funding for the cost of his heartworm treatment. On March 4th Mary Lou asked RADAR for assistance and we agreed to help cover these costs. Purr-Fect Match committed to taking Kirby on March 5th, and he had his heartworm treatment done on March 10th.

Kirby is the very model of gentle giant-ness. He is shy and was at the shelter for well over a week before he wagged his tail, but it was a welcome-waggin’! To view more photos of Kirby, click here.

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

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

UPDATE! Kirby has been adopted, and his new name is Jack!

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 Kirby:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Black Dog Fund; Keturah Johnson; Barbara & Marc Myers; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Bake Sale; Gail O’Connor

Added on April 4, 2015.

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