The stress of the shelter environment often takes its toll on a dog. For Robbie, it was a case of steadily being robbed of his vitality. This four to five year-old Labrador Retriever mix was brought to the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina as a stray by animal control on October 16th. Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue, first met Robbie in early November. She told us that, “magnificent Robbie, with his soft and soulful eyes, was very shy when I first walked him, but almost seemed to be smiling by the end of the walk.”
When Susan met Robbie again on December 3rd, she was dismayed by his downward spiral. Susan reported this: “Robbie is looking more and more like a broken dog. His stay at the shelter has robbed him of his smile. He’s defeated and in need of a miracle.” It’s almost as is Robbie realized his dire situation: a larger, older, black dog in a kill shelter who was also heartworm positive. When Robbie showed up on the shelter’s Put To Sleep list for December 4th, RADAR provided an offer to cover his heartworm treatment costs as an incentive for a rescue to take him.
Just in time, the Animal Rescue Foundation of Southeastern Pennsylvania agreed to take Robbie! Due to a shortage of the heartworm treatment drug, Robbie only received his treatment on January 7th. Susan also shared this with us about Robbie: “He is a mellow, quiet fellow. He’s totally fine with other dogs. Soft and cuddly, all that Robbie wants is a quiet, warm and safe place!” Click here to view more photos of Robbie.
RADAR paid for all of Robbie’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $273.
UPDATE! All funds for Robbie have been raised! Thank you!
UPDATE! Robbie has been adopted!
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Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Robbie:
Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Melissa Feeney; Amy Clauss Moorby; Lorraine & Patrick Smith, in memory of the abandoned black Lab Charlie, who was found starved and frozen to death in a crate in Wellsboro, PA; Linda Siegert / Collars of Hope Creations
Added on January 12, 2014.