It may be written in cipher somewhere why Piper, a Shepherd mix, has had such a rough time in her short one year and nine months of life. She arrived at the Blount County Animal Center in Tennessee on June 20th as an owner surrender. The owner said her daughter had found Piper in April and now her daughter had moved. It was no surprise the mother didn’t want to keep her as she had taken Piper to the vet and discovered this girl was heartworm positive. The shelter found a microchip but a phone call to the owner who had registered the chip led to another rejection for Piper. Her old family didn’t want her either because she kept escaping from the yard.
When Piper was spayed by the shelter, the veterinarian discovered her uterus had adhered to a section of her intestine which was also malformed. Even though she lost her uterus and a section of her intestine, Piper was up and rip-roaring ready to go the next day! And did we mention her injured right eye, which has now healed with no vision loss? Still, Piper’s heartworms remained an issue for any adopter or rescue.
Kristin Baksa, the shelter’s rescue coordinator, contacted us about Piper on July 4th. How could we resist Piper’s story? We agreed to cover her heartworm costs and she finished her heartworm treatment on July 24th.
Despite being let down by her humans, Piper is a great dog. She is very friendly and resilient. You can’t keep Piper down! A petite 42 pounds, she has a medium-length reddish coat. She is currently with a foster family that adores her. Could you be the person or family to turn Piper’s tale into a happily-ever-after? To see more photos of Piper, click here.
RADAR paid all $357 of the heartworm treatment costs for Piper.
UPDATE! All funds for Piper have been raised! Thank you!
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 Piper:
Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Sunday Wright Fund; Rebecca Kuga; Roxanne Stevens; Anonymous
If you are interested in adopting Piper, or represent a rescue interested in pulling Piper, please contact Kristin Baksa at the Blount County Animal Center.
Added on August 11, 2019.