Things were certainly not okey-dokey for Okie. On June 10th, this seven-year-old German Shepherd and eight other dogs were removed by animal control from their home, which had become a crime scene. Okie’s owner was arrested and charged with murdering her mother, who had been missing for a month. The neighbors of Okie’s owner noticed an odd odor and contacted the police, who discovered the burned remains of the body on the daughter’s property.

Okie and the other eight dogs were taken to the Blount County Animal Center shelter in Tennessee. All of the dogs appeared to have been well-cared for, even spayed and neutered, with only Okie testing heartworm positive. On June 18th, Kristin Baksa, the shelter’s rescue coordinator, sought our help with his heartworm treatment costs so that he could more readily be rescued or adopted. We agreed to assist, and on June 29th Okie received his heartworm treatment.

“Okie is a big, calm and friendly senior fellow!” Kristin shared with us. “He is such a sweetheart. He walks great on the leash and enjoys getting brushed. Okie doesn’t demand anything, and is happy with any attention he can get. He is looking for a retirement home where he can chill, hang out and be your BFF!” And that’s exactly what happened on July 19th, when Okie found his forever home! Click here to view more photos of Okie.

RADAR paid all of Okie’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $419.

UPDATE! Okie has been adopted!

UPDATE! All funds for Okie 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 Okie:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Chloe’s SOS Fund ($100); Sunday Wright Fund; Tina Enloe; Roxanne Stevens; Lee & Tracey Meyers; Renate Sachse; Elizabeth Lavoie; Ken Siegert & Rick Thompson, in honor of their dog from Blount County, Finn

Added on July 30, 2017.

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