With Ritzy’s lavish tricolor fur coat, she’s always “Puttin’ on the Ritz!” On November 8th, this one-year-old Shepherd-Hound mix arrived at the Mercer County Animal Shelter in West Virginia. Despite her great looks and personality, Ritzy had no adopter or rescue interest. Under the shelter’s policy, starting on the 11th day after intake, a dog is subject to being euthanized at any time. As the weeks passed, Ritzy’s life was increasingly at risk.

Luckily, Ritzy caught the attention of Michelle Ziemba and her Sweet Vernon Rescue of Rhode Island. If the rescue could get some help with costs, Michelle would take not only Ritzy, but Jet and Little Man as well! In addition to vet costs, the dogs needed to be boarded during their quarantine period in West Virginia and then transported to Rhode Island. On December 14th, Michelle asked for our assistance, and we agreed to cover the quarantine boarding costs for all three dogs. While Jet and Little Man were safely out of the shelter on December 16th, Ritzy had to wait an extra day because the transporter did not have room for all the dogs.

Ritzy, Jet and Little Man arrived in Rhode Island on January 4th. This was shared with us about Ritzy: “She is a good girl, very friendly and calm. She never barked at the shelter. Ritzy is a very smart dog. She watched carefully out the car window on the ride from transport. She is a very sweet girl!” Michelle added this: “Ritzy is pretty vivacious. She has lovely markings and cute button ears that flop over!” Click here to see more photos of Ritzy.

RADAR paid $180 for Ritzy’s 17 days of boarding costs.

UPDATE! Ritzy has been adopted!

UPDATE! All funds for Ritzy 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 Ritzy:

Paul & Anna Nadler; Kerry Varr, in honor of Gladys “June” Miller; Anne Killeen; Tina Muncy; Amanda Shannon

Added on January 7, 2014.

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