For Ruby, it would take more than clicking her ruby-red heels together three times to make it back to a normal life. This four-year-old Catahoula-Hound mix, also known as Brit, ended up at the Blount County Animal Shelter in Tennessee on August 29th as a stray. Sadly, it was suspected that she had been in a hoarding situation, and she was very pregnant and heartworm positive.

Not too long after her arrival, folks at the shelter found a local foster for Ruby, courtesy of Homeward Bound Dog Rescue in New York. Several days later, she gave birth to nine healthy pups. Ruby took wonderful care of them, and after they were weaned, they made their way to the rescue in New York, where all of them were adopted. While that was great news, Ruby still needed help.

On December 12th, Kristin Baksa, the shelter’s rescue coordinator, requested RADAR’s help with Ruby’s heartworm treatment. Although Homeward Bound Dog Rescue also wanted to take Ruby, funds were needed to cover her costly treatment. We agreed to assist, securing her rescue, and Ruby had her treatment on December 18th.

Ruby has lived a rough life and is ready to find a forever home where she will be happy, healthy, and loved. “When Ruby arrived at the shelter her eyes were so sad,” Kristin told us. “Who knows how many litters of pups this girl has had? She’s a friendly girl who deserves a chance to find a family that will love and take care of her” To see more photos of Ruby, click here.

RADAR paid all $480 of the heartworm treatment costs for Ruby.

UPDATE! All funds for Ruby 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 Ruby:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Hound Dog Fund ($50); Rebecca Kuga; Ken Siegert & Rick Thompson; Gerald Huber; Karen Dymond

If you are interested in adopting Ruby, please contact Homeward Bound Dog Rescue.

Added on January 7, 2018.

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