Nina is the 500th dog RADAR has assisted! And, her story is an especially poignant one, exemplifying RADAR’s role in helping at-risk dogs. On the morning of March 8th, when the staff at the Lee County Animal Shelter in Bishopville, South Carolina, arrived for work they could not believe their eyes. Nina, an eight to nine-year-old Labrador Retriever mix, had been dumped in the dirt outside the shelter. Even more astonishingly, Nina was in labor and struggling to give birth.

In an urgent effort to save Nina and her impending pups, she was rushed to the vet, where she had emergency cesarian section surgery. The vet delivered seven puppies, including one stuck in her birth canal, but only four were alive (and one of those subsequently died). Nina, who was in critical condition with her life in jeopardy, was unable to care for her surviving puppies, so a surrogate mother was used at the shelter. Tragically, that dog died suddenly. The three surviving puppies were moved to a foster home where they were bottle fed. Meanwhile, Nina slowly recovered, but was unable to stand or walk for several days. She was finally well enough to leave the vet on March 20th and stay at the shelter manager’s home.

The discounted cost of Nina’s emergency care and extended hospitalization totaled $703. The shelter had no way to cover any of the bill. B.A.R.K. (Bishopville Animal Rescue Krew), a volunteer advocacy group that assists cats and dogs at the shelter, immediately stepped up to help. RADAR supporter and B.A.R.K. volunteer, Margaret Ellis, requested our assistance shortly after Nina was hospitalized. With the extra help of one of our donors, Melissa Feeney, we provided a matching challenge offer to B.A.R.K. They raised $325, and we paid the remaining $378.

The next goal was to find a rescue for Nina. RADAR contacted several of our rescue partners on March 28th. Deb Stezar of One Life to Live Rescue and Adoption responded to us within minutes; she was very interested in taking Nina! RADAR contacted our Darlington County Humane Society Rescue liaison, Susan Blakeney, to see if Nina could hitch a ride on one of their transports. Susan said “yes!” and transport details were underway! Then, on April 2nd, we received word that Nina was adopted locally! To see more photos of Nina, click here.

RADAR paid $378 towards Nina’s veterinary treatment, cesarean section, spaying & hospitalization costs.

UPDATE! Nina has been adopted!

UPDATE! All funds for Nina 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 Nina:

Chloe’s SOS Fund (Saving Our Seniors); Melissa Feeney; Connie Lowery; Mike & Trish Armstrong; Renate Sachse; Jennifer Carreiro; Margaret & Irving Ellis

Added on April 5, 2014.

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