Lizzie just couldn’t seem to catch a break. First she lost her puppies, then she almost lost her life. This Golden Retriever-Labrador mix arrived at the Dillon County Animal Shelter in South Carolina on August 23rd. She was about a year old and pregnant when an animal control officer picked her up as a stray and took her to the shelter. Even though she was an instant favorite with the shelter staff, her future was bleak because she tested heartworm positive.

With no adoption, rescue or foster options for Lizzie, she was spayed on September 9th, terminating her pregnancy. This is a common practice considered necessary by many shelters to control the dog population and because fosters for newborn puppies are almost nonexistent. Despite the best efforts of the shelter staff to save Lizzie, by mid-November her time was running out.

On November 13th, Kristina Zieba of the rescue organization Dog4U in South Carolina contacted RADAR to see if we could assist with Lizzie’s heartworm treatment costs. If so, Dog4U would take Lizzie. We agreed to assist, and on November 15th Lizzie was safely out of the shelter. Kristina told us that RADAR’s offer to assist was truly a life-saving opportunity for Lizzie and “literally made me jump for joy!”

Lizzie began her heartworm treatment on November 15th, and completed it on January 4th. Kristina shared this with us about Lizzie: “She is great with other dogs, children and adults, and will make a fantastic addition to any family. Lizzie has gone from being a pregnant and neglected stray who was never claimed to being a happy and balanced dog with a new lease on life with a bright future!” To view more photos of Lizzie, click here.

RADAR paid $250 towards Lizzie’s heartworm treatment costs.

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

UPDATE! Lizzie has been transferred to Dog4U’s rescue partner, Survivor Tails Animal Rescue in Massachusetts!

UPDATE! Lizzie has been adopted! From her forever Mom, “I can’t say enough about Lizzie. We love her so much. My friends have threatened a dog napping so they can take her home… she hit the jackpot and so did we!”

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 Lizzie:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Jennifer Siegert; Elizabeth Lavoie, in memory of her dogs, Montana & Dakota

Added on January 5, 2014.

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