In mourning Melissa, we’ll paraphrase Alfred Lord Tennyson: “’Tis better to have rescued and lost than never to have rescued at all.” Estimated to be ten years old and a blend of breeds, Melissa was a stray who arrived at the Surry County Animal Control shelter in North Carolina on July 21st. She was in dire need of vet care for fluid retention, but the shelter has no vet. She also needed dental care. The shelter was full and Melissa’s stray hold would be up on July 25th.

Mayberry 4 Paws in North Carolina, an organization that helps facilitate and find rescues for the at-risk dogs at this shelter, immediately reached out to RADAR for help with Melissa. We agreed at once. As soon as her stray was up, a kind volunteer with the shelter and Mayberrry 4 Paws, Paula Stanley, provided Melissa with a much-needed foster home and lots of TLC. To see more photos of Melissa, click here.

UPDATE When Melissa went for her vetting on July 27th, the vet determined that Melissa was in the last stages of renal failure. The vet felt Melissa was in pain and the most humane thing to do was to euthanize her so she would not have to suffer anymore. After spending a few more quality hours at her foster home with her foster mom, Melissa was taken to the vet to cross the Rainbow Bridge on the evening of July 27th, 2017. We were told this: “At least this poor baby got out of the shelter and had some love from her dear foster, Paula Stanley.” Thank you to all how showed Melissa kindness and love in her final days. Rest in Peace, Melissa.

RADAR paid all $284 of the vetting, testing, euthanasia and cremation costs for Melissa.

UPDATE All funds for Melissa have been raised. Thank you to all who gave in her memory.

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 for Melissa’s funding:

Chloe’s SOS Fund ($100); Jo Irvine; Ken Siegert & Rick Thompson, in loving memory of their Surry County dog, Alice (Jordanna); Karolay Aldave; Casey McSnout Fund

Added on August 19, 2017.

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