What is golden and sweet? Opal is! With golden eyes and a sweet nature, if Opal were an apple she would be a Golden Delicious. Opal came to the Aiken County Animal Shelter in South Carolina on February 8th as a stray. She is 18 months old and weighs 40 pounds. While anyone’s first instinct would be to embrace this young Pit Bull mix and give her nothing but love, Opal was not actually adoptable. She had tested positive for heartworms and, like a bad apple, was barred from the adoption floor. She could only be released to a rescue.

Mary Lou Seymour of The Heart Beat Goes On program keeps her eyes peeled for heartworm positive dogs at risk at the Aiken shelter. Mary Lou began networking Opal on February 17th. On February 21st, Shelter Animals Advocates in South Carolina expressed interest in rescuing Opal, but needed help with the cost of the heartworm treatment. Mary Lou asked RADAR if we could help and we agreed to assist with Opal’s heartworm treatment expenses. Opal was safe on March 1st. How’s them apples!

Opal had her heartworm treatment on March 15th and 16th. December Clark is another volunteer with The Heart Beat Goes On program. She says, “There’s the Big Apple and then there’s the Big Gem: Opal!” Sounds like a hunk of love to us! To view more photos of Opal, click here.

RADAR paid all of Opal’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $350.

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

UPDATE! Opal has been transferred to Operation Paws for Homes!

UPDATE! Opal has been adopted!

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

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Bully Breed Dog Fund ($50); Melissa Feeney; Karen Dymond; Linda Siegert; Tamara Talbot; Charlene Yablonsky; Linda Siegert & Ernie Lenton / Collars of Hope Creations

Added on March 29, 2016.

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