If Skipper wasn’t all that chipper, it’s understandable. It was as obvious that this eight-year-old German Shepherd was an outside dog for at least a good portion of his life. His ears were so flea-bitten that they are completely rounded, with the tips gone. He arrived as a stray at the Kershaw County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina on August 8th.  Although he must have been ignored and neglected, he was sweet and got along with other dogs at the shelter. Not surprisingly, he had heartworms.

On August 14th, Garden State German Shepherd Rescue (GSGSR) in New Jersey reached out to RADAR for assistance with Skipper’s heartworm treatment costs. “Skipper may be a senior, but he has good years ahead of him,” the rescue said. “GSGSR has adopters that seek out the older dog, and they often are older themselves and do not want a puppy, but they crave the companionship of a dog.” We agreed to help and he was pulled on August 18th.

We were told that Skipper had the good fortune to find a foster home as the only pet to keep his excitement level low during his extended treatment plan. He has learned to go up and down steps and live inside a home, possibly for the first time in his life. His foster is a retired gentleman who lost his own German Shepherd recently, and was looking to fill the void in his life and home. Fostering was not initially his choice, but when he met Skipper he wanted to help him, and they seem quite compatible. Skipper has multiple dog beds and lots of toys, again, probably for the very first time, and he is somewhat confused about what to do with them! He received his first heartworm treatment on November 5th. To see more photos of Skipper, click here.

RADAR paid $300 towards the heartworm treatment costs for Skipper.

UPDATE! All funds for Skipper 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 Skipper:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Chloe’s SOS Fund ($100); Brian Mertz; Rusty & Maisey; Tracey Kniess; Anonymous

If you are interested in adopting Skipper, please contact Garden State German Shepherd Rescue.

Added on December 9, 2018.

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