It’s not quite Thelma and Louise, but it is Leonardo and Louise! And it seems that fate was determined to keep these two bonded Boxer mixes together. Louise was estimated to be three years old, while Leonardo was at least nine years old. In early July, for no known reason, both dogs were surrendered by their family to the Aiken County Animal Shelter in South Carolina. With Louise and Leonardo being larger dogs and heartworm positive, they faced even greater odds of getting out of this high-kill rural shelter alive, let alone together. Leonardo was even more at risk because of his age.
A rescue agreed to take Louise, but not Leonardo. On July 5th, as an incentive for a rescue to take Leonardo, RADAR provided an offer to assist with his heartworm treatment costs. On July 8th, Paws Crossroads Animal Rescue in Pennsylvania stepped up to take Leonardo! However, when the vet determined that Louise was at least seven years old, her rescue was unable to take her. With RADAR agreeing to help with Louise’s heartworm treatment costs, Paws Crossroads Animal Rescue took her as well! The bond between Louise and Leonardo would not be broken after all. Both dogs received their heartworm treatment on July 16th.
“Despite their ages, Louise and Leonardo have spunk!” Paws Crossroads Animal Rescue told us. “They could just play for hours, yet are calm in the house, and especially calm with children. Louise is the leader, with Leonardo following her, even though we think Leonardo might be Louise’s father. They both love toys. Neither knows what to do without the other one, though that may be because they are still settling in. If I have one in a room away from the other, they spend their time looking for each other! Everything they do is together. We just want to see them in a forever home, together. Oh, and their nubs never stop wagging!” To see more photos of Louise, click here.
RADAR paid $250 towards the heartworm treatment costs for Louise.
UPDATE! All funds for Louise have been raised! Thank you!
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Added on August 26, 2014.