While there’s always room for Jell-O, there wasn’t always room for poor Puddin’ at the shelter. This seven-year-old Terrier mix arrived as a stray at the Orange County Animal Shelter in North Carolina way back on August 12th. The shelter staff was smitten by super-sweet Puddin’, but knew that the combination of her bilateral cleft lip and heartworm positive status prevented her from even making it to the adoption floor.

On August 18th, Brittany Thadani of All Breed Animal Rescue of the Carolinas contacted us to see if RADAR could help if her rescue pulled Puddin’. We agreed, and Puddin’ was safely out of the shelter on August 21st! She received her first heartworm treatment on August 30th. With the heartworm drug in short supply, her second treatment had to be postponed. Meanwhile, late in September, Puddin’ developed pneumonia, and only recovered slowly. X-rays in early December indicated that she had alveolar lung disease. On March 17th, x-rays indicated that Puddin’ had recovered enough to resume her heartworm treatment, which was completed on March 18th.

Brittany had this to share about Puddin’: “She obviously had never been treated well. She is a little shy, but warms up pretty quickly. Puddin’ is learning that not all people are bad. She is very sweet, but is a more dominant dog. She would probably do best with a strong pack leader and submissive dogs. After she fully recovers from her heartworm treatment in two to three months, Puddin’ will need dental care. At that time we will explore whether her bilateral cleft lip should be addressed.” To view more photos of Puddin’, click here.

RADAR paid all of the $154 heartworm treatment costs and $158 for half of the x-ray costs for Puddin’.

UPDATE! All funds for Puddin’ have been raised! Thank you!

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UPDATE! Puddin’ has been adopted!

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

Helping Hands for Hearts FundChloe’s SOS Fund (Saving Our Seniors); Diana Berkstresser

Added on March 23, 2014.

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