Rudy isn’t moody at all; in fact, he is a cheerful Bully Breed mix of around two years of age. He is cheerful despite the fact that he was dumped in the Blount County Animal Center parking lot in Tennessee on June 26th. His happy mood might have been dispelled if he had understood what being heartworm positive means. His heartworm status meant he did not attract rescues or adopters, as heartworm treatment is costly.

Kristin Baksa, the shelter’s rescue coordinator, hoped she could give Rudy the happy dog a happy future. She asked RADAR on August 24th to cover Rudy’s heartworm treatment. We said we would help. Rudy had his heartworm treatment on September 17th and 18th.

Rudy is described as “delightful, handsome and friendly.” This big and strong guy was able to jump the playtime pen fence and caught the eye of a shelter visitor who was mourning the recent loss of her dog. Rudy came right back to the pen and then jumped the fence again! The visitor wasn’t deterred as her house has a six-foot privacy fence, and was so taken with Rudy that she took him home to foster. The shelter figures his antics paid off! Click here to view more photos of Rudy.

RADAR paid all of Rudy’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $388.

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

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UPDATE! Rudy has been adopted!

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

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Bully Breed Dog Fund ($50); Sunday Wright Fund; Bill Hatfield; Judy Gehrig; Melodie & Michael Knight, in honor of Amy & Russ Bell; Roxanne Stevens; Connie Hardin; Susan Penney; Tamara Talbot; Linda Siegert

Added on October 6, 2019.

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