We’ve got a canine version of Free Willy: Free Philly! This two-year-old Pit Bull mix arrived as a stray at the Chester County Animal Care & Control shelter in South Carolina way back on January 22nd. Even with endless networking for Philly, he lingered on at the shelter. The combination of being a Pit Bull mix and heartworm positive made his rescue far less likely. With the shelter overflowing, Philly faced a “put to sleep” date of April 21st.
In an effort to help save Philly, RADAR provided an offer to assist with his heartworm treatment costs as an incentive for a rescue to take him. Even though no rescue took Philly by April 21st, enough other dogs were rescued to free up space to spare Philly’s life. But by early June, Philly’s shelter confinement was taking its toll on him. He began to exhibit aggression towards other dogs. Once more Philly’s life was on the line.
On June 16th, Janine Guido and her Speranza Animal Rescue in Pennsylvania, which specializes in rehabilitating dogs, agreed to take Philly! He received his heartworm treatment on July 23rd. While Philly is fine with people and cats, the rescue will work with him to overcome his shelter-acquired aggression with other dogs. Click here to see more photos of Philly.
RADAR paid all $310 of Philly’s heartworm treatment costs.
UPDATE! All funds for Philly 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! Philly has been adopted!
Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Philly:
Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Ken Siegert & Rick Thompson; Karen Dymond
Added on August 10, 2014.