When Laker was abandoned at a house, he didn’t know if he would sink or swim. He is just a small fry, two years old and 27 pounds. Fortunately, he was caught in the net of the Aiken County Animal Shelter in South Carolina and brought to their big tank on June 14th. Then the bad news surfaced. Laker, a Labrador Retriever mix, is a black dog. These dogs have the least chance of any shelter dogs of being adopted. Laker was then found to be full of whipworms, and he tested positive for heartworms. If a rescue didn’t pull Laker, he would not leave the shelter alive.

Small fry are supposed to be released when caught, and Mary Lou Seymour of The Heart Beat Goes On program wanted to see Laker make it out of the shelter. She began networking him on June 30th. Operation Paws for Homes in Virginia responded on July 3rd that they could take Laker but only IF funds were available for his heartworm treatment. Mary Lou asked RADAR if we could assist and we agreed. Laker was safe on July 8th. He had his heartworm treatment on July 17th.

December Clark, volunteer with The Heart Beat Goes On program, says that Laker is “a cool guy.” He has a lovely temperament, is dog-friendly, house and crate-trained, and walks nicely on a leash. He will get along in life swimmingly! To view more photos of Laker, click here.

RADAR paid all of Laker’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $256.

UPDATE! Laker has been adopted!

UPDATE! All funds for Laker 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 Laker:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Black Dog Fund; Michael & Lissa Murphy, who adopted Laker

Added on August 19, 2015.

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