Hi! I’m Rusty, a three-year-old Cattle Dog mix in search of two things: a home and a family that is as loyal to me as I am to them! I was never sure why, but my first owners gave me away, and then my last owners just let me go as a stray. All I could do then was roam around, looking for somewhere to call home. Eventually I ended up at the Blount County Animal Center in Tennessee on August 14th. When I got there, I found out that I was heartworm positive, which I heard can make it a lot harder to be rescued or adopted.

On August 24th, Kristin Baksa, the shelter’s rescue coordinator, reached out to an organization called RADAR and asked if they could help with the cost of my heartworm treatment. They agreed to assist, which brought me one big step closer to finding my future home! I got my treatment on November 8th, a little later than originally planned, because I had a problem with one of my liver enzymes that needed to be taken care of first.

Kristin shared this about me with RADAR: “Most of the Cattle Dogs we get at the shelter exhibit classic heeler behavior – they are energetic, smart (often smarter than their owners!) and need to have a job. And many of them are returned because of that behavior. But this guy is an exception – he is calm and easy to handle, so not sure why he was turned loose.” Click here to view more photos of me!

RADAR paid all of Rusty’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $328.

UPDATE! Rusty has been adopted by his foster!

UPDATE! All funds for Rusty 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 Rusty:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Sunday Wright Fund; Roxanne Stevens; PayPal Giving Fund; Barb & Marty Myers; Mary Jane Johnson; Gretchen Kozen; Barb , Marty & Matt Myers

Added on November 24, 2019.

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