Leo isn’t a lion but he is a cute black and white Labrador Retriever mix. This five-year-old arrived at the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina on November 19th, along with his three dog housemates, Esther, Brody and Mabel. His owner could no longer care for the dogs due to health issues. Leo was by far the most timid of the dogs and it took him some time to warm up to the patient shelter staff. He was frozen in place during his photo shoot and didn’t even complain when the volunteers put antlers on his head! If Leo had only known that he had something even scarier growing right inside of him: he was heartworm positive. This deadly disease was a huge barrier to adoption or rescue.

Brody and Mabel found rescue, while Leo and Esther waited a bit longer for any rescue interest. So on March 25th, when One Life to Live Rescue and Adoption in Pennsylvania expressed interest in taking Leo if his heartworm costs could be covered, Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue, wasted no time in seeking our help. We agreed to help the very same day. Leo finished his heartworm treatment on April 16th.

Leo is much more confident now. He is medium-sized at thirty-five pounds and low-key and mellow. “He’s a very handsome guy,” Susan says, “and has met other dogs both male and female and been friendly with all. All Leo needs is a family or person of his own to show him love, could you be the one who shows Leo family life once again?” To see more photos of Leo, click here.

RADAR paid all $203 of the heartworm treatment costs for Leo.

UPDATE! All funds for Leo 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 Leo:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Leilani Campbell; RADAR T-Shirt Fundraiser

If you are interested in adopting Leo, please contact One Life to Live Rescue and Adoption.

Added on April 28, 2019.

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