Back in May, someone called animal control about a loose dog running alone along the highway. An animal control officer responded and found the dog, and took her to the Tucker County Animal Shelter in West Virginia, where she became the shelter’s sweet Petunia!

This young girl is a black Lab mix. Petunia is an energetic dog who gets along great with everyone. Shortly after her arrival at the shelter, a rescue wanted to take Petunia, so the shelter took her to the vet to get spayed, vaccinated for rabies and tested for heartworms.

Petunia got a clean bill of health, including no heartworms, and was all set for her rescue rendezvous. But then the rescue backed out, and for a good reason: they decided instead to take a dog whose life was on the line at high-kill shelter. Petunia’s loss was another dog’s only chance of surviving.

Click here for additional photos of Petunia.

The shelter incurred $132 in vet expenses for Petunia, but has no funds to cover the bill. Even worse, other than the rescue, there has not been a single inquiry about Petunia. Since black dogs are one of the at-risk dogs that RADAR assists, RADAR has committed to pay the entire $132 vet bill for Petunia.

UPDATE! We met our fundraising goal for Petunia! Thank you!

UPDATE! Petunia has been rescued!!

UPDATE! Petunia has been adopted!

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 Petunia:

Amy & Jim Riley; Kimberly Dickey; Elizabeth Lavoie; Susan Weiss Alexant

Added on June 24, 2012.

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