The sky was not the limit for Sky, but her heartworms sure were. Sadly for Sky, the rainbow in the sky turned out to be the Rainbow Bridge for her. A two-year-old Shepherd mix, Sky was found as a stray and taken to the Blount County Animal Center shelter in Tennessee on January 17th. She was severely matted and required some trimming. Although she was a bit hesitant, she sat still for the vetting team to trim her and administer vaccines. With all of her signs of neglect, it was no surprise that she was heartworm positive.

On January 22nd, Stephanie Garrett, RADAR’s liaison with the Blount County Animal Center shelter, reached out to us to see if we could help with the cost of Sky’s heartworm treatment. “She is a little shy, but enjoys attention,” Stephanie told us. We agreed to assist, and she received her treatment on February 5th.

Then on February 10th, Stephanie had shared this with us: “Sky has been on steroids and oxygen for the last couple days. We think she got a blood clot. She was a very high heartworm positive. The vet has stayed with her the last two nights.” Around 8pm on February 11th, Sky crossed the Rainbow Bridge. “She fought hard but didn’t make it,”  Stephanie said. “The vet stayed with her, giving fluids, steroids and syringe feeding. She had stopped eating, and then drinking. We think the clot moved to her heart eventually. The vet did about 30 minutes of CPR before calling it.” You can view more photos in Sky’s gallery.

RADAR paid all of Sky’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $220.

UPDATE Sky crossed the Rainbow Bridge on February 11th, 2020. Rest in Peace, Sky.

If you would like to help us cover our costs of trying to help Sky, please donate to her Fund in her memory.

UPDATE All funds for Sky 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 for Sky in her memory:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Karen League; Linda Siegert / Collars of Hope Creations

Added on February 16, 2020.

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