Matti, a two- to three-year-old Bully Breed-Hound mix, did not arrive alone at the Lee County Animal Shelter in South Carolina. On December 24th, she was brought to the shelter along with her 11 puppies she was nursing. She and her puppies had been abandoned on Christmas Eve. This sweet, laid-back very good mother captured the shelter workers’ hearts, but unfortunately Matti, then named Evelyn, had a heart full of heartworms. Would the holiday season and year to come bring better things for Matti and her pups? A shelter is no place for little puppies with their immature immune systems and Matti would need extra help as treating heartworms is expensive.

Pitts and Giggles Rescue in North Carolina contacted RADAR on January 8th. The rescue specializes in the rescue of Bully Breed mothers and their families. They asked for our help with Matti’s heartworm treatment costs and we agreed to help. Matti’s heartworm treatments started on March 9th, as she needed to nurse her puppies before treatment could begin.

The rescue calls Matti and her pups Mama Matti Rhule & her “Little Line-Up.” Matti is named after the Carolina Panthers head coach, Matt Rhule! The group was the star at the rescue’s Puppy Bowl. Matti is described as a “snuggly little Hound-Beagle-Bully Breed mix. She loves other dogs, cats, birds, people and kids, but what she loves the most are belly rubs! Matti is happy to putter around at your side or nap by the fireplace for hours on end.” Be sure to view more photos in Matti’s gallery.

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

UPDATE! All funds for Matti 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 Matti:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Bully Breed Dog Fund ($50); Brian Mertz; Judith Apy

If you are interested in adopting Matti, please contact Pits and Giggles Rescue.

Added on March 29, 2020.

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