When Ruthie met Oakley, she knew she had to help her.  Ruthie Rish is the shelter director at the Mary Ann Morris Animal Society (MAMAS) in Bamberg County in South Carolina. Oakley is a two- to three-year-old Lab who arrived as a stray on October 19th at the Orangeburg County Animal Control shelter in South Carolina. Ruthie was at the Orangeburg shelter to pull four at-risk dogs for MAMAS. But then Ruthie noticed Oakley. She was so scared to be at the shelter, all alone in her cold concrete kennel. When Ruthie went into her kennel, Oakley wagged her tail and came right up to Ruthie.

While Ruthie wanted to take Oakley, unlike the four other dogs, she was heartworm positive. Ruthie immediately turned to RADAR for help. If we could cover her heartworm treatment costs, Ruthie would pull her. We agreed to assist and Oakley was safe! She received her heartworm treatment on November 27th.

“Oakley has acted like my best friend from the very first day,” Ruthie told us. “She’s learning to sit when asked, but it’s hard for her because when I visit she just wants love! Despite not being very old, we’re guessing she has had back-to-back large litters of puppies.” To see more photos of Oakley, click here.

RADAR paid all $270 of the heartworm treatment costs for Oakley.

UPDATE! All funds for Oakley 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 Oakley:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Freya Hill; Pam Walker Eigo; Leilani Campbell; Sherry McCammon; Amy Coburn; Brian Mertz; Cameron Steese; Kathy O

If you are interested in adopting Oakley, please contact Debbie with the Mary Ann Morris Animal Society (MAMAS).

Added on December 23, 2018.

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