Smudge, a one-year-old Labrador Retriever-Collie mix, needed a nudge or two of kindness to become less shy when he arrived at the Blount County Animal Center shelter in Tennessee. Smudge was a stray brought in on January 21st. He warmed up to the shelter staff the longer he was at the shelter. As scared as Smudge was, his heartworm positive status scared off adopters and rescues even more. The cost of treating heartworms is high.

On February 10th, Stephanie Garrett, RADAR’s liaison with the Blount County Animal Center shelter, reached out to RADAR. She asked if we could fund Smudge’s heartworm treatment costs. We committed to Smudge, and he had his heartworm treatments on February 19th and March 25th.

Folks have commented on how handsome Smudge is with his bright caramel-colored eyes and sleek black coat. Stephanie says that Smudge enjoys being petted and just hanging out. She also told us Smudge is a self-entertaining dog, especially if you give him a squeaky toy! Be sure to view more photos in Smudge’s gallery.

RADAR paid all $377 of the heartworm treatment costs for Smudge.

UPDATE! All funds for Smudge 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 Smudge:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Black Dog Fund ($50); Sunday Wright Fund; Amy Bell; Connie Hardin; Roxanne Stevens; Susan Pasquini; Janice Hallmark; Josie Nelson

If you are interested in adopting Smudge, or represent a rescue interested in pulling Smudge, please contact Stephanie Garrett at the Blount County Animal Center.

Added on April 5, 2020.

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