Hi, I’m Olaf! No, not the snowman from that one Disney movie, but we do have a couple of things in common. We’re both considered pretty cool, but in different senses of the word, since he’s made of snow and I’ve got a cool personality. We also both love being around our friends, and would do anything for them. I’m two years old and a Great Pyrenees. I ended up at the Mary Ann Morris Animal Society (MAMAS) shelter in Bamberg County in South Carolina on November 13th after they pulled me from another shelter, the Lancaster County Animal Shelter in South Carolina, where I’d first arrived sometime way back in July. It turns out that I was heartworm positive, and that made it a lot harder for me to be saved from the shelter.

While the good folks at MAMAS were determined to get me treated for my heartworms, because of my large size, it would be costly. Thankfully, Ruthie Rish with MAMAS had a possible solution. She contacted a group called RADAR that specializes in helping dogs like me, and they agreed to cover the costs! My heartworm treatment took place on December 18th. I’m sure glad that’s done.

Ruthie told RADAR this about me: “Olaf is a super incredibly sweet and beautiful boy, who gets along with everybody (except cats). He will make a great family member. He’s always happy, always mannerly, and always a big-old happy guy!” Click here to look at more photos of me!

RADAR paid all of Olaf’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $360.

UPDATE! All funds for Olaf 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! Olaf has been adopted! His new name is Sampson!

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

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Sunday Wright Fund; Margaret Alwine; Diana Shoaf; Vicki Boggs; Susan Penney; Rebecca Harris; Nichole Boudreau Tracy; Linda Perrigoue; Rick Sheets; Jim

Added on January 13, 2019.

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  • January 16, 2019 at 11:06 am

    Hi. Will Olaf continue to need medication for the rest of his life??

    • January 16, 2019 at 8:56 pm

      Hi Sue – thank you for your post! While Olaf has been treated for heartworms, he is now on a monthly preventative. This is necessary to make sure that he never gets heartworm again. So, yes, he will need preventative medication for the rest of his life.

      Heartworms cause severe damage over time to the dog’s heart and lungs, and if left untreated, a dog will die.


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