In the Hollywood version, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, but in this case, Mr. Smith Goes to Rescue! This eight-year-old Flat-Coated Retriever mix ended up at the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina. Smith was taken there way back on April 30th after being picked up by animal control. Despite being super sweet and gentle, this poor guy faced tough odds of getting out of the shelter alive. He was an older dog, a larger dog, a black dog and a heartworm positive dog.
On May 21st, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue, Susan Blakeney, contacted us to see if we could help save Smith. One Life to Live Rescue and Adoption in Pennsylvania was interested in taking him, but needed help with his heartworm treatment costs. We agreed and Smith was safe!
But then began the long, drawn-out process of getting Smith’s heartworm treatment done. Several times when he was scheduled, he wasn’t feeling well enough. He finally got his first treatment on September 2nd. Because of his health, he required a follow-up treatment, which was done on November 18th. The extra treatment added significantly to his cost. Fortunately, Lorraine and Patrick Smith, who are RADAR supporters, One Life to Live fosters and Darlington adopters, donated generously to complete their namesake’s funding.
Susan had met Smith at the shelter last May, and told us this: “Smith might be older and have many miles under his paws, but he still has lots of love and fire in him! He’s a happy, tail-wagging fellow, and is ready to experience more life. He’s not yet ready to simply curl up on the couch and watch soap operas all day; he’d prefer a walk in the park and being involved in your daily activities! He’s very unflappable. Rest assured, this “old dog” still has lots of tricks up his sleeve and he can’t wait to share them with you!” Click here to view more photos of Smith.
RADAR paid all of Smith’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $500.
UPDATE! All funds for Smith have been raised! Thank you!
UPDATE! Smith has been adopted!
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Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Smith:
Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Chloe’s SOS Fund; Black Dog Fund; Heather Himlin; Sandy Fofi; Lorraine & Patrick Smith, from their Darlington alumnus dog Rusty Smith; Lorraine & Patrick Smith, in honor of the love their dear dog Athena gave them all her life
Added on November 26, 2014.