If Nicholas could give his brother and sister shelter dogs a Christmas gift, it would be “over the river and through the woods, to a forever home we go!” But the only place Nicholas went on December 6th was the “put to sleep” list at the Wythe County Dog Shelter in Virginia. An approximately five-year-old Labrador Retriever-Shepherd mix, Nicholas was picked up as a stray on November 29th. No one came to reclaim him by the time his stray hold was up. The shelter was full, and, as the Christmas story goes, there was no room at the inn.

RADAR was contacted by Kathryn Haddock, a Wythe County Dog Shelter advocate. Nicholas was doubly at risk, being a black dog and on the euthanasia list. On December 7th we made an offer to underwrite the costs of vetting if a rescue would pull Nicholas. The Wythe County Humane Society took Nicholas on December 8th. He was vetted the next day and neutered December 10th, the date he would have been euthanized. He is now current on his vaccinations and microchipped.

Nicholas is described by people who saw him at the shelter as “sweet” and “gorgeous.” His foster mom says Nicholas is gentle, gets along with other dogs and knows how to sit, shake with each paw, and walk on a leash. He is crate-trained and house-trained. Nicholas is named after a 2nd-century bishop who was sainted for his generous acts of caring for the sick and the needy. Saint Nicholas came to be known, over time, as first Sinter Klaas and then Santa Claus. What a wonderful pedigree for Nicholas! To view more photos of Nicholas, click here.

RADAR paid all $188 of the initial vetting and neutering costs for Nicholas.

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

UPDATE! Nicholas has been adopted!

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 Nicholas:

Black Dog Fund; James Hanagan, in memory of Belle Haddock; Michelle Gamblin; Freya Hill; Sherry Hutchison; Anonymous

Added on December 17, 2014.

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