Shy Marissa just wants a kiss, or maybe two. She is so grateful for any kindness, as it seemed to have been lacking in her life when this underweight three-year-old Labrador Retriever mix arrived at the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina on July 22nd. A stray, she also had a mangy coat and a terrible looking scabby neck. But inside she had even greater woes, as she was infested with heartworms.

She landed on the ‘urgent list’ at the shelter. Caring For Creatures thought they could bring this deserving dog to their rescue in Virginia if her heartworms could be treated first. Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue, asked RADAR on September 21st if we could join in saving Marissa by sponsoring her heartworm treatment. We paid for all of Marissa’s heartworm treatment costs, which was completed on October 22nd.

Marissa did a great job inside her foster home, taking to housebreaking and crate training immediately. She learned how to play with toys from the foster’s younger dog and did well with the cats too. Marissa is mid-sized and very humble. Curling up on a soft spot and enjoying all the fun and games is really more her speed. Simply getting her basic needs met makes her happy. She is quiet, polite and well-mannered, and gently meets folks and other dogs. She is a good leash walker. After spending some time with new human and doggy friends, Marissa has started to smile and relax. She’s happy to have folks come on by and pet her and love on her. Marissa is waiting for that promised loving home that every dog deserves. Click here to view more photos of Marissa.

RADAR paid all of Marissa’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $209.

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

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 Marissa:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Cheryl Pasquarello; Joe Patterson; Lori DeBusk; Jamie Hieber; Karen Fouts; David King

If you are interested in adopting Marissa, please contact Caring for Creatures.

Added on November 10, 2019.

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