Rosemary, with her sad, puppy-like eyes, arrived at the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina way back on December 28th, 2018. She came in as a stray, picked up with two other wandering dog partners. A two- to three-year-old Border Collie mix, she tested heartworm positive. Her despairing, beautiful eyes begged for another chance, but being heartworm positive in a crowded shelter diminished her chances of adoption or rescue considerably.

On January 7th, Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue, requested RADAR’s help. Every Dog’s Dream Rescue in New York would rescue Rosemary but needed her heartworms to be treated first. We agreed to help, but then the story got complicated. Rosemary was discovered to be pregnant on January 25th and, in fact, was due in a couple of weeks or sooner! This would delay her heartworm treatment. She delivered seven puppies in foster care in early February. Rosemary gained much-needed weight after her puppies were weaned but then developed skin issues, including a skin infection. It took a few months and various medications to clear her skin up, but throughout the treatments, Rosemary remained affectionate and friendly. She was finally cleared for her spay surgery and after a two-week wait, was able to get her heartworm treatment. Rosemary had her split heartworm treatments on July 30th and August 27th.

What a long ordeal to reach good health for sweet Rosemary! “She is very friendly and lives to hug!” her foster says. “She could spend a good ten minutes on her hind legs hugging you or sitting on your lap. Rosemary is mild-manned and does not ask for very much and will quietly sit right by your side as she longingly gazes up at you. A lovely, skilled leash walker, Rosemary is a great choice for a family with other dogs and kids. Volunteers called her ‘precious’ and you will as well!” Oh, and all of her pups went to the same rescue! Click here to view more photos of Rosemary.

RADAR paid all of Rosemary’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $336.

UPDATE! All funds for Rosemary 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 Rosemary:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Black Dog Fund ($50); Sunday Wright Fund; Trish Wescott; Denise Matis; Jody Hoffmann; Kathy O

If you are interested in adopting Rosemary, please contact Every Dog’s Dream Rescue.

Added on September 15, 2019.

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