A father goes to a small, crowded rural orphanage, where it is known that some children don’t make it our alive, and surrenders his young son, saying, “I don’t want to keep or care for the boy anymore, and my wife doesn’t like the child!” Replace the orphanage with a shelter, and the child with a dog, and you have the story of Sampson. This two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix was surrendered on May 30th to the Chesterfield County Animal Services shelter in South Carolina. It was going to be a long summer for Sampson at the shelter. This heartworm positive black dog faced tough odds in getting any adopter or rescue interest.

We received a request to help Sampson (known as Buddy at the shelter) on August 17th. We immediately provided an offer to assist with his heartworm treatment costs as an incentive for a rescue to take him. On August 19th, the Greater Charlotte SPCA in North Carolina agreed to take Sampson! He left the shelter for his foster home on August 20th. Sampson received his heartworm treatment of September 15th and 16th.

“He is an amazing dog!” Sampson’s foster mom Roberta Sá Griner told us. “He is a very sweet dog, who loves people and dogs. He learned how to play fetch in one day! He has perfect leash manners, is almost housebroken, is good in his crate and is quickly learning basic commands. If it weren’t for RADAR, he might have been put down because the shelter was full and he was a long-term guest who had no interest by rescues because he was heartworm positive. With RADAR’s offer to help with his heartworm treatment, he secured a rescue within two days!” To view more photos of Sampson (taken by Roberta), click here.

RADAR paid all of Sampson’s heartworm treatment costs, totaling $310.

UPDATE! Sampson has been adopted!

UPDATE! All funds for Sampson 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 Sampson:

Helping Hands for Hearts FundBlack Dog Fund; Amy Clauss Moorby; Jennifer & Doug Gibson; Mary Wood; Lauralee Sawyer; Melissa Cassidy; Jennifer Wallin; Diana Berkstresser

Added on September 18, 2014.

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