Maverick feels the need, the need for… belly rubs! While this one- to two-year-old German Shepherd mix probably hasn’t flown any fighter aircraft lately, he’s sure to impress you with his handsome looks and gentle manner. Maverick arrived at the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina on September 19th when he was brought in as a stray with two other dogs, Paisley and Colombo, most likely his siblings. They were a little timid while adapting to life in the shelter at first, but it didn’t take long for them to get into the routine of being petted by people and playing with other dogs. But Maverick and Paisley tested heartworm positive, which made the possibility of being rescued or adopted all the more difficult.

On December 3rd, Long Trail Canine Rescue in Vermont expressed interest in taking both Maverick and Colombo, if they could get funding for Maverick’s heartworm treatment. Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue, turned to us for help, and we agreed! Maverick’s heartworm treatment took place on January 2nd. By the way, another rescue stepped up for Paisley in November. We had also agreed to cover her heartworm treatment, but when she went for her treatment on November 27th, she tested heartworm negative, much to everyone’s relief.

The shelter had this to share with us: “These two timid boys (Maverick and Colombo) came in together, so we decided to take them out together to the play area to see if that would help them relax and feel more comfortable. They had a blast running and playing together. They are definitely more comfortable around dogs than people, but they were trying on their brave boots and soon they started coming in close and eventually came up to find out how nice getting petted feels. When I went back by their kennel later both were coming to the gate and greeting me!” To see more photos of Maverick, click here.

RADAR paid all $220 of the heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $220.

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

If you would like to help us have the ability to help other dogs, please visit our Donations page.

UPDATE! Maverick has been adopted!

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

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Leilani Campbell; Brian Mertz; Adams & Krissoff family, in memory of Jacquie Nielsen’s mother, Diane Hodgson; Wendi LeConey

Added on January 13, 2019.

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