Melting hearts with loads of Southern Charm is just one of Merle’s many talents!  A five-year-old Australian Shepherd-Labrador Retriever mix, Merle was found as a stray and taken to the Lee County Animal Shelter in South Carolina on February 23rd. Month after month passed with this big guy languishing at the shelter. With Merle being such a sweet guy the expectation was that he would find a home right away, but unfortunately he tested heartworm positive. Finding an adopter or rescue for a heartworm positive dog is never an easy task, which meant that getting Merle safely out of the shelter would prove to be challenging.

On May 2nd, Brandi Sowell, RADAR’s liaison with the Lee County Animal Shelter, asked for our help with Merle. Home At Last Dog Rescue in Pennsylvania stepped up to take him. The only catch was his costly heartworm treatment. We agreed to assist to help seal Merle’s rescue deal! Merle received his heartworm treatment on May 17th.

A shelter volunteer told us that “Merle enjoys the finer things in life like lounging in the sunshine or a belly rub from a friend. Merle doesn’t seem to be in a hurry about anything, and loves spending time with people. Merle likes dogs that share his interest of lounging and loving on people too. He’s a friend of the felines and loves their idea of taking ‘cat naps’. Merle also loves kids, since they are just more hands to pet him!” To see more photos of Merle, click here.

RADAR paid all $354 of the heartworm treatment costs for Merle.

UPDATE! All funds for Merle 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! Merle has been adopted!

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

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Black Dog Fund ($50); Sunday Wright Fund; Cheryl Owen; Judith Apy, in memory of Ken Siegert’s & Rick Thompson’s dog, Grace

Added on June 11, 2017.

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