Sam’s saga is one of a senior surrendered to a shelter, the heartbreak of heartworms, and RADAR’s role to seal the deal enabling him to find his forever home. On February 2nd, this eight-year-old Lab mix was surrendered to the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina. The reason? Sam had heartworms and his owner couldn’t afford the treatment. The shelter noted that this sweet older dog was very well-behaved and affectionate. Fortunately, he secured a  foster home placement through the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue.

On March 26th, Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue, sought our help with Sam for a somewhat unusual situation. “A woman in New Hampshire who has retired from working with a rescue that often took Darlington dogs, would like to adopt Sam, ” Susan said. “But Sam cannot even transport to New Hampshire if he is heartworm positive and untreated. Hoping you can help!” We agreed to assist.

Poor Sam didn’t respond well to his first two heartworm treatments on April 3rd and May 2nd. His labored breathing required additional medications, fluids, x-rays and treatments. He recovered well and was able to complete his heartworm treatment on May 30th.

“Sam is a pensive, tender-hearted boy,” his foster shared. “He loves to lie at your feet and follow you wherever you go. He’s quiet, devoted and ever so thankful to be by your side. If I sit or come near him, he approaches for a hug. He is very, very sweet and mild-mannered. He deserves a loving home for the rest of his life!” Click here to view more photos of Sam.

RADAR paid all of the costs for Sam’s x-rays and heartworm treatment, which totaled $648.

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

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UPDATE! Sam has been adopted… by his foster mom! We were told, “Sam is now officially adopted. Sam’s long-term South Carolina foster mom, Kim has adopted Sam. The original plan was for Sam to be adopted by a former rescue lab foster mom but in the end, with Sam’s increasing dependence on foster mom, slowing down physically and concern about his ability to transport up to New Hampshire, the decision became clear that Sam was already home!”

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

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Chloe’s SOS Fund ($100); Black Dog Fund ($50); Sunday Wright Fund; ; Andy’s Safe Haven Fund, in memory of Ginnie Freeburn’s dog, Andy; Melissa Feeney; Rebecca Kuga; Ken Siegert & Rick Thompson; Anonymous; Karen Dymond

Added on June 10, 2018.

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