Nica, a four-year-old Hound-Feist mix, has quite a compelling tale to tell. She has traveled to more places than many people. She was found tied to a pole in Dominica, an island in the Caribbean. Her face was injured and badly burned. A family took her in and nursed her back to health. When Hurricane Maria devastated the island in 2017, the family got Nica a passport and took her with them to France. Several months later the family brought her and their other dogs to Knoxville, Tennessee. While obtaining a health certificate for Nica, so she could make the trip to Barbados (the next stop for the family), it was discovered she was heartworm positive. She would have been euthanized upon arrival in Barbados due to her heartworm status, so the family sadly surrendered her to the Blount County Animal Center shelter on January 25th.

On February 1st, Kristin Baksa, the shelter’s rescue coordinator, reached out to RADAR to see if we could help Nica. We agreed to cover her heartworm treatment, and on February 4th and 5th she received her heartworm treatment.

Nica thrived in her former home with many children and other pets. She loves everyone: people, dogs and cats. Nica is a snuggler, couch potato and lap lover! She’s a pretty brown-eyed girl now looking for her forever home. Click here to view more photos of Nica.

RADAR paid all of Nica’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $356.

UPDATE! All funds for Nica 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! Nica has been adopted by her foster dad! Yay!

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

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Hound Dog Fund ($50); Sunday Wright Fund; Ginnie Freeburn, in memory of her dog, Andy; Tamara Talbot; Mary Haak; Ellen Lyon; Marsha Garrett; Brian Mertz; Bob O.

Added on March 3, 2019.

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