‘Roxanne,’ a 1978 song by The Police, is considered one of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock & Roll. This Roxanne, a two-year-old German Shepherd, found herself between a rock and a hard place, but was able to roll with the punches. She was in very poor shape when she was spotted in one of Blount County, Tennessee’s well-known dumping grounds. She was crawling with ticks. A volunteer (named Roxanne!) saw her and brought her to the Blount County Animal Center on April 17th. It was no surprise to the shelter staff that Roxanne tested positive for both ehrlichiosis and heartworms. For a young dog, Roxanne had already suffered quite a bit, and now she had heartworms, a major health issue that would greatly reduce her chances of being adopted or rescued.
On April 23rd, Kristin Baksa, the shelter’s rescue coordinator, asked us to assist with Roxanne’s heartworm treatment expenses. We agreed to help the same day. Roxanne had to have the more costly split treatment due to her heavy heartworm infestation. Roxanne had her treatments on April 29th and June 5th. The strenuous treatment was tough and made Roxanne lethargic.
Roxanne has a gorgeous tan, yellow and fawn coat with accents of black. She is a big, gentle and sweet gal who loves everyone. “Roxanne is a beautiful, well-behaved young dog,” Kristin said. “When we tell her to sit for treats, she lies down, which must be how she was trained. She has a positive outlook and enjoys being with people. She is the best dog ever!” To see more photos of Roxanne, click here.
RADAR paid all of $729 of the heartworm treatment costs for Roxanne.
UPDATE! Roxanne was adopted by her foster on June 19, 2019!
UPDATE! All funds for Roxanne have been raised! Thank you!
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Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Roxanne:
Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Sunday Wright Fund; Andy’s Safe Haven Fund, in memory of Ginnie Freeburn’s dog, Andy; Rebecca Kuga; Ken Siegert & Rick Thompson; RADAR T-Shirt Fundraiser; Roxanne Stevens; Sherry Hutchison; Shannon/Kennedy Family; Marsha Garrett; Tina Muncy; Karen Dymond
Added on June 16, 2019.