Monty, a four-year-old Chow Chow-Labrador Retriever mix, needed someone to take a jaunt and save him from his abysmal living conditions. That is just what Ruthie Rish, with the Mary Ann Morris Animal Society (MAMAS) shelter in Bamberg County South Carolina, did. A concerned citizen had reported Monty living on a heavy chain, with no real shelter. The only place Monty had was the top part of a too-small plastic dog house with a large hole in it. Even if the house had been habitable, Monty was too big for it, especially with his size and his Chow Chow fur coat. Heavy rain in the area had made Monty’s living conditions even worse, so Ruthie asked the owner to surrender Monty to the shelter in the hopes of finding him a better home and getting him out of the poor living conditions he was enduring. A few days later, on March 3rd, the owner called the shelter and said they could take Monty. Ruthie drove right over and brought Monty to MAMAS. Not surprisingly, with his outside life in a hot and humid climate, Monty tested positive for heartworms.

At 66 pounds, the cost of eradicating Monty’s heartworms would be expensive. Ruthie reached out to RADAR on March 16th to see if we could help Monty with his heartworm treatment costs. A MAMAS foster home was found for Monty in Virginia, and a transport spot was available at the end of the week. We were deeply touched with Monty’s story and agreed to help him. Monty completed his heartworm treatment on March 17th.

“Monty is amazing!” Ruthie told us. “Despite living his life chained, he is great with other dogs. Even before Monty was neutered he was friendly with other intact dogs. He played with another dog, doing everything the other dog did. He loves other dogs! Monty was nervous at first when he arrived at the shelter but has done well there, including having a much-needed bath. I know he will be a great family dog!” From his foster mom, “he loves EVERYONE – people, kids, dogs, cats… he didn’t even flinch when a rabbit ran by him on a walk. He is very laid back and wants to be with his humans. Big snuggler too!” Be sure to view more photos in Monty’s gallery.

RADAR paid all of Monty’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $315.

UPDATE! Monty has lots of great adoption applications!

UPDATE! All funds for Monty 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 Monty:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Sunday Wright Fund; Brian Mertz; Gail O’Connor

Added on March 29, 2020.

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