Rose by any other name would still be a “knockout” thanks to her gentleness and friendly personality. This two-year-old Pit Bull mix came to the Aiken County Animal Shelter in South Carolina on March 29th as a stray. She would have been a very adoptable dog among many in this rural and overcrowded shelter where euthanasia is often the only option to make room for more dogs. But, she tested positive for heartworms. This was worse than a thorny situation. Sadly, her name went on the euthanasia list and the only way she would survive dying on the vine would be if a rescue pulled her before her “put to sleep” date.

Mary Lou Seymour with The Heart Beat Goes On program reached out to rescue contacts beginning April 9th. While waiting to see what her fate would be, Rose developed kennel cough. This was actually a good thing, because she had to be quarantined. This gained time for Rose, and saved her life. On April 15th Mary Lou reported no interest in Rose, but four days later Crepon Strays in Connecticut offered to pull Rose IF there were funds available for her heartworm treatment. Mary Lou asked RADAR for assistance and we agreed. Rose was safe on April 22nd.

Rose had her heartworm treatment done on April 29th and sang “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” all the way home! Mary Lou describes Rose as a “total lump of love.” When shelter staff asked her to sit for a treat, she immediately plopped down! Rose will make a wonderful companion now that her rambling days are done. To see more photos of Rose, including one of her kissing her driver on her freedom ride from the shelter, click here.

RADAR paid all $250 towards Rose’s heartworm treatment costs.

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

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UPDATE! Rose has been adopted!

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

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Bully Breed Dog Fund; Diana Berkstresser; Amanda Shannon

Added on June 13, 2015.

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