Like so many shelter dogs, little is known about Mateo’s past. A four-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix, he arrived at the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina on April 4th as a stray. Despite his obvious affectionate nature and handsome red-speckled coat, he languished at the shelter due to his heartworm positive status. Poor Mateo ended up on the urgent list, with no adopter or rescue interest. When would there be good news for Mateo?

Finally, on July 17th, Mateo received his one and only inquiry. Home At Last Dog Rescue in Pennsylvania was interested in rescuing him if his heartworms could be treated. Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society, contacted RADAR right away. Could we cover the expense of Mateo’s heartworm treatment? We said we would help Mateo, and he completed his heartworm treatment on July 30th.

“Mateo is a very sweet boy,” we were told, “who bonds quickly with his human and easily gives affection and loyalty to a handler who helps him feel safe. He has shown no adverse behavior with any handler he has had. He is a nice size for a house dog and has excellent leash skills. Mateo needs a home with a calm, confident, non-threatening canine friend and a handler who can provide routines and a home with ‘no surprises’ to help Mateo to feel safe (no neighbors with loud dogs who rush to the fence, no trips to the dog park with numerous dogs he has not met). All Mateo needs to thrive and shine is a home with patience and understanding. A special boy like him is well worth the effort that will pay off with years of a loving, wonderful companion!” Click here to view more photos of Mateo.

RADAR paid all of Mateo’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $255.

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

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UPDATE! Mateo has been adopted!

Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Mateo:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Anonymous

Added on August 11, 2019.

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