There’s Richard the Lionheart, but in this canine’s case, it’s more like Richard the Heartworm! Two years old and a Shepherd mix, Richard arrived at the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina on June 10th. He was brought to the shelter by animal control. It was going to be a long, hot summer for Richard. Since he was heartworm positive, he garnered no adopter or rescue interest, and his time was rapidly running out.

On July 24th, Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue, reached out to us to help Richard. As an incentive for a rescue to take Richard, we provided an offer to cover his heartworm treatment costs. On July 30th, Puppy Paws Rescue in Maryland spoke up for Richard! He received his heartworm treatment on September 30th.

“Richard is so handsome and a very gentle soul,” Susan told us. “He had been stealthily hanging out in the back recesses of his kennel hoping that no one would dare to ask him to go for a walk. Well, his nightmare came true when I went to walk him! But it turned into a wonderful experience for both of us. Slowly relaxing as we headed towards the open fields, you could just sense the tension and uncertainty oozing out of Richard’s pores. Within a short time, he was smiling and even gave me a kiss! Richard interacted really well with his kennel mate, and would likely benefit in going to a home with another dog to help him ease in. He is a very dear dog and will make a terrific pet!” To see more photos of Richard, click here.

RADAR paid all of Richard’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $275.

UPDATE! All funds for Richard have been raised! Thank you!

UPDATE! Richard has been adopted!

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 Richard:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Karen Lanzetta; Susan Blakeney; Sloane Bailey; Karen Dymond

Added on October 12, 2014.

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