As for this dog’s name, we can’t “Blame It on Rio!” He was found wandering as a stray on a street named Rio. So when the folks who found this handsome dog took him to the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina on February 2nd, he got the name Rio. Unfortunately, the one to two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix was heartworm positive. Being a black dog and heartworm positive is never a good combination for a shelter dog.

On March 5th, Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue, asked us for help with Rio. He was finally getting some rescue interest, but the cost of heartworm treatment was a major hurdle. We provided an offer to pay for the cost of Rio’s heartworm treatment as an incentive for a rescue to take him. The very next day One Life to Live Pet Rescue and Adoption in Pennsylvania committed to take Rio! He had his heartworm treatment on March 29th.

When a group of high school students visited with Rio on February 22nd, Rio was a big hit! He spent a very long time sitting with them and just enjoying their company. They put him through his paces as well as gave him lots of love. The students had this to say about Rio: “He makes people happy. He knows basic commands. He comes when you whistle. He loves giving kisses and just hanging out. He would love to drape himself over your lap! He has random energy spurts and likes other dogs. He loves getting attention!” Click here to view more photos of Rio.

RADAR paid all of Rio’s heartworm treatment costs, totaling $317.

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

UPDATE! Rio 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 Rio:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Black Dog Fund ($50); Ken Siegert & Rick Thompson; PayPal Giving Fund; Kay Poston; Leeann Lindrose; Shelly Demerle; Jennifer Tondera; Janet Allen

Added on April 14, 2016.

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