Sampson is the second largest county in North Carolina by area, named after an early European settler, John Sampson. Sampson the dog is a seven-year-old Lab from Lenoir County, a nearby county to the northeast. His owner brought him to the shelter but they did not have room for him, so the family took him to a boarding facility. Sampson jumped the fence and made his way back home, only for his family to once again bring him to the Lenoir County SPCA shelter on November 6th. Sampson was in rough shape. He had missing hair on his back and tail due to flea dermatitis and he was underweight. Worst of all, he was heartworm positive.

Sampson was a sweet, friendly and loving boy but his chances of adoption were low with all of his health issues. On November 29th, Karen Steers with Peak Lab Rescue in North Carolina reached out to RADAR to ask for assistance with the heartworm treatment costs for Sampson. If we could help, the rescue would take him. We agreed at once, and he left the shelter the very next day. He had his heartworm treatments done on February 7th.

Sampson’s foster has a lot of wonderful things to say about him: “He’s a big gentle guy. He can be shy and a little bit hesitant, but he really loves attention. He’s learning every day that he can trust people. He loves belly rubs and leaning in on your legs while you pet him. If you stop, he will mosey over to his dog bed for a nap unless you call him back!“ To add to Sampson’s good qualities, he is very good on a leash and loves walks. He is house-trained and crate-trained, although he does not need a crate. He would do well in a home with other dogs and with children. He does love to chase the cats, so a feline-free home is preferred! To see more photos of Sampson, click here.

RADAR paid all $331 of the heartworm treatment costs for Sampson.

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 Fund ($100); Chloe’s SOS Fund ($50); Black Dog Fund ($50); Anonymous; Tina Muncy; MoJo (aka Maurice); Maggi Berwind-Dart

If you are interested in adopting Sampson, please contact Peak Lab Rescue.

Added on February 24, 2019.

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