Oliver has a nickname, and it’s Big Red. Weighing in at 75 pounds, this two-year-old Shepherd-Mastiff mix is a big boy indeed! He arrived as a stray on July 3rd at the Aiken County Animal Shelter in South Carolina. As is usually the case, no one ever showed up to claim him. Because Oliver tested heartworm positive, he was not eligible for adoption at this shelter. Only a rescue commitment could save his life.

On July 25th, Mary Lou Seymour of Shelter Animals Advocates and its HeartBeat Goes On program managed to find a rescue willing to take Oliver. Dog Star Rescue in Connecticut would take “Big Red” if funding could be found for his costly heartworm treatment. Mary Lou asked RADAR for help, and we agreed!

Oliver received his heartworm treatment on July 27th. December Clark, Mary Lou’s partner with Shelter Animals Advocates and The HeartBeat Goes On program, described Oliver this way: “He really is a beautiful Big Red boy! He’s nice and calm, and loves to be hugged! Upon first introductions, Oliver can be a bit shy but with some gentle patting and encouraging words, Oliver will shed the shyness and his confidence will emerge.” Click here to view more photos of Oliver.

RADAR paid all of Oliver’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $387.

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

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UPDATE! Oliver has been adopted!

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

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Sunday Wright Fund, in honor of Mary Lou Seymour; Rebecca Kuga; Ken Siegert & Rick Thompson; Mandy Musser-Taccino; Susan Stephens

Added on August 23, 2017.

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