Sadly, the heartbreak of heartworms and the toll it took on Opal turns this story into an elegy for Opal. Five years old and a Boxer blend, Opal arrived as a stray at the Allendale County Animal Shelter in South Carolina May 29th. It was bad enough for Opal to be in a small rural shelter, but all the worse for her rescue or adopter prospects when she tested positive for heartworms.

Mary Lou Seymour and the devoted folks with Shelter Animals Advocates and its HeartBeat Goes On program are all heart when it comes to helping dogs with heartworms, like Opal. Thanks to their efforts, Dog Star Rescue in Connecticut offered to take Opal if her heartworm treatment costs could be covered. Mary Lou turned to RADAR for help, and we agreed to assist.

Opal had her heartworm treatment on June 29th. December Clark, also with Shelter Animals Advocates and The HeartBeat Goes On, had this to share with us about Opal: “I love this dog! There is something special about Opal. She is gentle to the core.” Click here to view more photos of Opal.

RADAR paid all of Opal’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $323.

UPDATE Opal unexpectedly crossed the Rainbow Bridge on July 14th, 2017. Opal’s heartworm treatment seemed to go well. She was being boarded while recovering from her heartworm treatment and awaiting transport. But then, something went terribly wrong. “Opal passed away during the night,” December Clark told us. “When kennel staff came in this morning, they found that she had died. Last night she was fine, walking to the front of the kennel. However, sometime during the night this sweet girl apparently walked over to the corner of the kennel, vomited  blood, walked a few steps to her bedding, and died. I am floored. This was a wonderful dog.” Rest in Peace, Opal.

UPDATE All funds for Opal have been raised. Thank you to everyone who gave in her memory.

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 for Opal’s funding:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Bully Breed Dog Fund ($50); Dorian Edwin / Creations for Castaway Canines; Ken Siegert & Rick Thompson, in loving memory of their dog Grace

Added on August 6, 2017.

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