Pluto trivia time! Which came first, Pluto the Disney dog character or Pluto formerly known as a planet? The 11-year-old British school girl who suggested the name for the Disney dog in 1930 denied that it had anything to do with the newly-named planet just a few months earlier. Meanwhile, we have our own Pluto! This three-year-old Bully Breed mix was found as a stray on November 5th and taken to the Aiken County Animal Shelter in South Carolina. Not only was he heartworm positive, but the shelter overflowing with so many intakes that dogs were being tripled up in their kennels.

Shelter Animals Advocates (SAA) in South Carolina and its Heart Beat Goes On program worked diligently to help get some of the dogs safely out of the overcrowded shelter. Dog Star Rescue in Connecticut agreed to take Pluto and five other dogs if all of their heartworm treatment expenses could be covered, so the only thing still needed was the money! Mary Lou Seymour with SAA knew just what to do: ask RADAR, which she did on December 6th. We agreed, and all six dogs were safe! Pluto received his heartworm treatments on December 12th and 13th.

“At 77 pounds, Pluto is a big guy!” we were told by December Clark, also with SAA. “He walks you! He was great in a playgroup. Pluto is sweet and friendly, and very much still like a puppy!” To see more photos of Pluto, click here.

RADAR paid all $357 of the heartworm treatment costs for Pluto.

UPDATE! All funds for Pluto 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! Pluto has been adopted!

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

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Bully Breed Dog Fund ($50); Brian Mertz; Lena Khais; Ken Siegert & Rick Thompson; The Morgan Family; Elizabeth Lavoie

Added on December 31, 2018.

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