Little Grandpa was in big trouble. This small eight to nine-year-old Beagle mix arrived at the Duplin County Animal Shelter in North Carolina on March 19th. While Little Grandpa tested heartworm positive, and had a cough, it was not known at the time just how serious his heartworm situation was.
On March 20th, Marlianne Midyette with Love Mutts Rescue in North Carolina reached out to RADAR for assistance with Little Grandpa. If we could help with his heartworm treatment costs, the rescue would be able to pull him from the shelter. We agreed, and Little Grandpa was safely with the rescue the next day. After a vet evaluation on March 24th, it was determined that Little Grandpa had a very heavy infestation of heartworms that were putting his life at grave risk. He would not be able to survive the usual “fast-kill” heartworm treatment, and probably did not have the time to survive the alternative “slow-kill” treatment. The only option was surgery to try to remove the heartworms from his heart.
On March 28th, Little Grandpa had his heartworm surgery. After 15 attempts, the vet was unable to dislodge and remove any of the heartworms from the mass they had formed in his heart. The only hope now is to use the “slow-kill”method to try to save his life. The kind vet performed the surgery at no cost, charging only for the surgery-related expenses.
Marlianne told us this about Little Grandpa: “He is active, curious, fun and loving. This little guy is the sweetest and most loving little one. Not much more than an arm full of cuteness who’s looking to shower you with love and kisses for the rest of his life.” The vet said that Little Grandpa has “the will to live.” To see more photos of Little Grandpa, click here.
RADAR paid all $481 of the heartworm surgery costs for Little Grandpa.
UPDATE! Little Grandpa has been adopted… by his foster family! They just fell in love with this little guy and are determined to give him the best life possible, for however long he has left.
UPDATE! All funds for Little Grandpa have been raised! Thank you!
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Added on April 10, 2018.