Surely you’ll like me. And, yes, you can call me Shirley! I’m three years old and a Flat-Coated Retriever mix. My story starts on February 6th when I was found wandering around all alone. Some people from animal control convinced me to go with them. They took me to the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina. Well, that was terrible! I was so distraught and frightened that I refused to come out of my kennel. The staff had to carry me out to clean my kennel.

Despite my beautiful black fur coat and wonderful nature, no one seemed interested in me. Soon I started to realize why. I was larger, black and heartworm positive. Potential adopters and rescues would simply pass me by. Next thing you know, there was talk that I might not make it out of the shelter. I couldn’t figure out what I did to deserve such a fate.

But then on February 28th, just when I was about to give up, Puppy Paws Rescue in Maryland offered to take me! It seemed too good to be true. And, it almost was. I first had to get my heartworm treatment done. That costs lots of money, and I had none! That same day, a lady named Susan Blakeney with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue, went to work on my behalf. She asked the folks at RADAR if they would lend me a helping paw by covering my heartworm treatment costs, and they agreed at once!

On April 8th, I received my heartworm treatment. That sure was unpleasant. Everyone seems to like my wavy fur. I get along just swell with other dogs, and I have no interest in cats. I’ve heard people describe me as “beautiful” and “sweet!” To see more photos of me, click here.

RADAR paid all of Shirley’s heartworm treatment costs totaling $287.

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

UPDATE On Friday morning, May 16th, 2014, Shirley got out of her foster home. The day-long search for Shirley ended tragically Friday night when her foster family found her on the side of a road. She had been hit and killed by a vehicle. Shirley had gotten so very close to the end of her rescue rainbow (she had been scheduled for transport on May 17th) and the pot of gold awaiting for her in the form of a forever home; but instead, and all too soon, she crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Rest in peace, Shirley.

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 Shirley:

Helping Hands for Hearts FundBlack Dog Fund; Diana Cathcart; Anne Killeen; Jennifer Siegert

Added on April 20, 2014.

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