Meet marvelous Marla! A five-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix, Marla was found as a stray on February 11th and taken to the Blount County Animal Center shelter in Tennessee. Marla’s teeth were filed down indicating that she had been used as a bait dog. But her personality did not reflect her previous life. She was friendly, gentle and loving. She was good with the other dogs at the shelter. Unfortunately she tested heartworm positive.

On May 10th, Kristin Baksa from the shelter contacted RADAR. “With an abundance of abandoned Bully Breed mixes in our area,” Kristin told us, “It takes time to find good homes for them. And it is almost impossible to find a home for a heartworm positive Pit Bull. We want to have Marla treated so we that can find a forever family or rescue for this sweet girl.” We agreed to assist. Marla received her heartworm treatment on May 20th.

Kristin also shared this with us about Marla: “She is friendly with people and dogs. She loves to go for walks and is great on the leash. Marla always stops periodically to have her ears rubbed and give kisses! This girl deserves a loving family. She has been in the shelter way too long, primarily because of her breed. She will make a wonderful pet!” Click here to view more photos of Marla.

RADAR paid $250 towards the heartworm treatment costs for Marla.

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

UPDATE! Marla has been adopted by her foster Dad! Kristin told us that, “Marla is now the celebrity dog of downtown Knoxville, recognized on walks and at the park. She gets to go on weekly off leash walks at Ijams Nature Center, and gets to go to work with her Dad at the fire station. And… She plays with other dogs (a huge triumph, after a few failed meet & greets)! Marla now has a Dad who is committed to her for the remainder of her years, and he wants those years to be full of love and adventure.”

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 Marla:

Helping Hands for Hearts FundBlack Dog FundBully Breed Dog Fund; Jaeleen Sciandra; Lancaster Pride Event

Added on June 13, 2015.

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