It was as clear as Coca-Cola Clear that Lola, a stray who arrived at the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina on July 19th, needed some help. This two-year-old Hound-Labrador Retriever mix had a belly full of puppies ready to be born. She also was missing part of her rear leg and was missing all but two large teeth on each side of her lower mouth. Someone suggested that she might have had to gnaw her way out of a trap given her missing leg or perhaps had been a bait dog. One thing she wasn’t missing were heartworms, as Lola tested heartworm positive. Lola’s life had already been very tough, and now with her heartworm positive status, she was finding it just as tough to get safely out of the crowded shelter.
Lola gave birth shortly after she arrived at the shelter. A wonderful foster took Lola and her babies in and the puppies found rescue commitment as Lola raised her pups lovingly and waited for a rescue for herself. On October 10th, Long Trail Canine Rescue all the way north in Vermont queried RADAR about this southern gal. Could we assist with Lola’s heartworm treatment so that she could be transported up north to the rescue? We agreed to help, and Lola had her back-to-back heartworm treatment on January 14th and 15th.
Lola was fitted with a prosthesis and began to learn how to walk with it, although she really doesn’t know she only has three legs. She quickly wore out her prosthesis, and will soon be fitted with a new one! Her foster mom found her to be sweet and loving, and she got along well with her foster fur siblings. Lola craves attention and affection. “Lola is the most deserving dog I’ve ever fostered,” her foster said, “because of all she has gone through and still persevered. She is humble and affectionate. She was so happy the other day that she ran around in little circles!” All who have come in contact with Lola deeply desire for her to find that loving, forever home that dogs dream of. Be sure to view more photos in Lola’s gallery.
RADAR paid all $250 of the heartworm treatment costs for Lola.
UPDATE! All funds for Lola have been raised! Thank you!
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Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Lola:
Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Calvin Young; Jessie Van Nostrand; Gail O’Connor
If you are interested in adopting Lola, please contact Long Trail Canine Rescue.
Added on January 26, 2020.