Samantha’s saga is one of heartbreak, heartworms and hope. Two days before Christmas two-year-old Samantha, a Labrador Retriever, arrived as a stray at the Allendale County Animal Shelter in South Carolina. She had what appeared to be an old injury on her right front leg. However, shrapnel was found in the leg, indicating that she had been shot. The leg had to be amputated. While the surgery went well and Samantha recovered nicely, she tested heartworm positive, which put her life in limbo at this small rural shelter.

Mary Lou Seymour with Shelter Animals Advocates and its Heart Beat Goes On program was determined to save Samantha, and began networking her to rescues on February 11th. The next day Dog Star Rescue in Connecticut offered to take her. But there was still one obstacle: money to cover her heartworm treatment costs. Mary Lou knew just what to do: get RADAR’s help, and we agreed to cover the costs.

On February 23rd, Samantha had her heartworm treatment done. December Clark, also with Shelter Animals Advocates and The Heart Beat Goes On, told us this about Samantha: “She has been in foster care. She enjoys play time and just hanging out. She is a bit shy, but once she warms up, Samantha is the absolute sweetest. She’s very loyal and loving to her person.” Click here to view more photos of Samantha.

RADAR paid all of Samantha’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $293.

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

UPDATE! Samantha has been adopted! Her new name is Piper!

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 Samantha:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Black Dog Fund ($50); Liam Paskvan; Tamara Talbot; Mary Haak; Fred Huehnergarth

Added on March 5, 2017.

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  • April 30, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Writing as an update – my husband and I adopted Samantha a few weeks ago from DogStar Rescue in CT, and have been in touch with the rescue agency ever since but wanted to update as many people involved in her care and rescuing as possible. We had two dogs already, and adopted this sweet girl as our third, completing our pack up here in CT. Samantha is doing remarkably well, adjusting quickly and thankfully moving forward and away from her rough beginnings. We love her so much and are so grateful for everyone and anyone’s contribution to her rescue and recovery. Thank you all so much for what you do. She is a beautiful dog and a beautiful soul, and we feel so blessed to call her part of our family and finally give her the home she deserves! <3


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