River is not named after a river, but rather the road on which he was found: River Road in Fluvanna County, Virginia. His finder first noticed the adorable two-and-a-half-year-old German Shepherd-Beagle mix in the rural area when on the way to do some errands. When she came by later and saw River sitting in the same spot, she opened her car door and he happily jumped right in. The family took River to their vet but when they found out he was heartworm positive, they realized they could not afford the cost of heartworm treatment and couldn’t manage the careful aftercare of a dog receiving the strenuous treatment. The family reached out to a local rescue, Caring for Creatures in the same county to ask for help.

Susan Blakeney, a long-time rescue associate of RADAR and a volunteer with Caring for Creatures, asked us if we could help with River’s heartworm treatment costs on May 16th. The rescue wanted to take River, but the price of heartworm treatment in the area is very expensive. We agreed to cover River’s costly three injection heartworm treatment protocol. When River arrived for his first injection, the vet quickly realized that they would need to add sedation to his list of costs, as River was very anxious and hyper at the vet.

“While we are still getting to know River,” Caring for Creatures told us, “he is a fairly high-energy guy who thoroughly enjoys being in the company of humans. During the time he was in our office he was busy smelling every square inch; however, when our office staff began touching and petting him, he calmed down immediately and closed his eyes with the look of sheer enjoyment. River will be a wonderful companion for an individual or a family and we feel he will be easy to guide and train. River sends RADAR lots of heart-felt, happy tail wags for assisting in providing him with the gift of health.” During a recently heatwave, River was lucky to find a temporary foster home. The foster had this to share, “River is visiting during the heatwave—such a good dog and he absolutely loves my wife! I think he is a lady’s man! He listens well, respectful of “stuff”, and is trying to figure out TVs and the hair dryer! All is well!” Be sure to view more photos in River’s gallery.

RADAR paid all of River’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $923.

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

While RADAR is no longer asking for donations for our nonprofit, we ask that you check out some of our rescue partners and make a donation to one or more of them.

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

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Sunday Wright Fund; Rebecca Kuga Fund; Fulton Fund; Ken Siegert & Rick Thompson; Kelley Doherty & Marcy Redick; Gladdy Young; Second Chances Fund

If you are interested in adopting River, please contact Caring for Creatures.

Added on July 19, 2020.

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