We don’t know if the Queen of Sheba was shy, but this Sheba sure was shy. And she almost lost her life as a result. This one-year-old brindled Spaniel-Boxer mix arrived as a stray on June 10th at the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina. Because Sheba was so shy, potential adopters and rescues passed her by. In mid-June, with the shelter overflowing with dogs, shy Sheba ended up the shelter’s “Put To Sleep” list.

Home At Last Dog Rescue in Pennsylvania was interested in taking Sheba! However, they had no foster homes immediately available. Fortunately, Barbara Tilton offered to provide Sheba with a temporary foster home, until the rescue could find a foster. Shortly after Sheba’s June 28th arrival at Barbara’s house, she noticed Sheba was limping and took her to the vet. Sheba was diagnosed as having a luxating patella in her rear left leg, which causes her knee to pop in and out of alignment. Not only is this quite painful, but without surgery she would have increasing pain and limited use of her leg.

The cost of the surgery would be $1,400. In order to ensure that the rescue could fulfill its commitment to take Sheba, a collaborative effort was launched. The rescue would cover half, and the other half would be in the form of RADAR providing a $350 matching challenge to the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue donors. In just one day the challenge was met! Sheba had her successful surgery done on July 16th.

Barbara provided us with the following information about Sheba: “She was definitely a fearful little girl, but she is slowly learning how to trust me. She loves other dogs! My dogs being around her definitely helps her to relax. She has also learned that “crate-crate” means to go into her crate. She does it happily and seems to think that it’s a fun game! It’s one of the few times during the day when she happily wags her little tail. I can’t wait to see sweet Sheba wagging her tail more often!” Click here to view more photos of Sheba.

RADAR paid $350 towards the cost of Sheba’s knee surgery.

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

UPDATE! Sheba has been adopted!

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

Black Dog Fund; Melissa Feeney; Judith Apy; Lorraine & Patrick Smith, in honor of Susan Blakeney’s birthday; Dianne Roda; Dorothy Terry; Jennifer & Doug Gibson; iGive

Added on July 23, 2014.

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