Do you recall Leona Helmsley? She bequeathed $12 million dollars to her little dog Trouble. Well, this Leona was in big trouble because she had no funds for her heartworm treatment. This 18-month-old Shepherd mix arrived as a stray at the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina way back on September 26th. With the weeks passing by and no adopter or rescue interest, Leona ended up on the shelter’s Put To Sleep list for November 20th.

In order to make an offer to cover Leona’s heartworm treatment as an incentive for a rescue to take her, we reached out to Melissa Feeney, one of our faithful supporters of Darlington dogs. Melissa eagerly agreed to help! We made our offer on November 19th. The next day, Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue, gave us the good news: Puppy Paws Rescue in Maryland agreed to take Leona!

Leona’s heartworm treatment was twice delayed. The first time it was because the vet wanted her to be spayed prior to treatment. The second time was due to a shortage of the heartworm treatment drug. On January 7th, Leona finally had her treatment done. Susan shared this with us about Leona: “She is a sweet and gentle girl who enjoys any opportunity to take a stroll in the fresh air and sunshine. She is comfortable with other dogs. Leona was a bit on the shy side when I met her, but her tail was steadily swishing as I told her how pretty she was!” To see more photos of Leona, click here.

RADAR paid all $218 for Leona’s heartworm treatment costs.

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

UPDATE! Leona has been adopted!

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 Leona:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Melissa Feeney

Added on January 11, 2014.

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