Serena was anything but serene when she got picked up as a stray and taken to the Aiken County Animal Shelter in South Carolina on November 11th. Just one year old, the Labrador Retriever mix learned quickly that life was not all play. Serena was ignored in her small run, as are most black dogs in shelters. Then, after testing heartworm positive, Serena was moved off the adoption floor to “death row,” where she would be euthanized unless a rescue opted to take her and treat her.

Mary Lou Seymour of The Heart Beat Goes On program began networking Serena on November 17th. Mary Lou issued an urgent plea on November 25th, “Time is running out!” Serena’s “put to sleep” date was December 1st. On November 29th, Dog Star Rescue in Connecticut said they would take Serena but needed assistance with the cost of treating the heartworms. Mary Lou asked RADAR for help and we agreed. Serena was safe on November 30th! She had her heartworm treatment on December 3rd.

Serena is a happy-go-lucky dog with a nice temperament. And just like Serena Williams, this Serena is just as happy to serve as to return, to volley as to lob, as long as the tennis balls keep coming! Click here to view more photos of Serena.

RADAR paid $300 towards Serena’s heartworm treatment costs.

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

UPDATE! Serena has been adopted!

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 Serena:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Black Dog Fund; Kathy O’Connor; Roseann Collingwood; Diana Berkstresser

Added on December 27, 2015.

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