When Russell, a St. Bernard mix, passes by, there would be more than a rustle! Russell and his sibling Keebler, both three years old, were surrendered on June 26th to the Chesterfield County Animal Services shelter in South Carolina. Their owner had to move due to a foreclosure, so the dogs ended up in the shelter. Despite the shelter staff falling in love with both dogs, Russell and Keebler presented quite a challenge: They were both heartworm positive, shy and very large.

The shelter’s rescue coordinator, Rebecca Davis, thought she had the perfect rescue for Russell and Keebler: Dog4U in South Carolina. However, the rescue was not accepting any more heartworm positive dogs at the time because they already had far too many dogs in the process of getting heartworm treatment treatment, and could not afford any more. Rebecca had a potential solution: RADAR. She reached out to us on July 8th, and we agreed to help with funding for both dogs, and Dog4U agreed to take them both! Russell had his heartworm treatment done on July 27th.

“Russell is very shy boy who didn’t understand why his owner abandoned him and his brother at the shelter,” said Kristina Zieba from Dog4U. “He and Keebler did not adjust well to the shelter environment, but were shelter favorites. Their heartworm status and size were determining factors in the total lack of rescue interest. When we found out that RADAR had offered partial sponsorship, we agreed to take these boys.” Click here to view more photos of Russell.

RADAR paid $250 towards the heartworm treatment costs for Russell.

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

UPDATE! Russell has been adopted!

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 Russell:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Ken Siegert & Rick Thompson; Keturah Johnson; Jennifer Siegert

Added on August 30, 2015.

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