Rhea is an ancient name, and has various meanings including the pre-Greek or Minoan word for ‘Earth,’ and as a daughter of the earth goddess Gaia. Rhea felt as far away from a goddess as she could be when she was abandoned by her owners. Rhea, a four-year-old Bully Breed mix, was left by her owners at a local veterinarian’s office. The vet kept her for three months before calling animal control. Rhea arrived at the Lee County Animal Shelter in South Carolina on December 3rd. Not only is Rhea completely blind, but she tested heartworm positive. With all these issues complicating her access to adoption or rescue, would Rhea be saved?

Helping Hearts & Healing Tails Animal Rescue in Pennsylvania heard of Rhea’s traumatic story, and wished to help her. They asked RADAR for help covering her heartworm treatments on December 15th. We committed to help Rhea overcome her deadly heartworms. She had her back-to-back heartworm injections on December 19th and 20th.

Rhea gets around very well despite being completely blind. The vet did an eye exam and determined that her retinas were damaged, and that she was totally blind. Her retinas are so badly damaged that there wouldn’t be anything to do for her. “Rhea has tested well walking with other nice and calm dogs,” the shelter said. “She has not been reactive to cats. Rhea is the sweetest girl and we can’t wait to see her in a foster home!” Be sure to view more photos in Rhea’s gallery.

RADAR paid all $466 of the heartworm treatment costs for Rhea.

UPDATE! All funds for Rhea 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 Rhea:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Bully Breed Dog Fund ($50); Sunday Wright Fund; Fulton Fund; Rebecca Kuga; Judith, Mark & Mandy Chien; Mary Haak; Barb & Marty Myers; Beth Edwards; Melissa Bitting

If you are interested in adopting Rhea, please contact Helping Hearts & Healing Tails Animal Rescue.

Added on January 12, 2020.

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