English philosopher and sociologist Herbert Spencer was once quoted as saying this: “The preservation of health is a duty.” For this one to two-year-old Lab-Terrier mix named Spencer, the preservation of health became an increasingly difficult task. After his owner became sick and said they were no longer able to care for him, Animal Control brought Spencer in to the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue shelter in South Carolina on March 15th with a number of health problems. He was rather thin, had an injured left leg, and had both hookworms and whipworms. To top it all off, he was heartworm positive, which greatly lowered his chances of being rescued or adopted.

Worthy Dog Rescue, which is based in the Washington, DC metro area, expressed interest in pulling Spencer from the shelter, but his heartworm treatment needed to be taken care of. On April 24th, Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue, reached out to RADAR to see if we could assist with the cost of Spencer’s heartworm treatment. We agreed, and he was safe! He received his treatment on May 8th.

Spencer was described to us as being super friendly, and despite all of the health issues he had to endure, his happy personality and sweet spirit never wavered. He enjoys spending time with people and does well with children of all ages. He’s also a skilled leash-walker, and he gets along great with other dogs. To see more photos of Spencer, click here.

RADAR paid all $247 of the heartworm treatment costs for Spencer.

CONGRATULATIONS TO SPENCER! He is our 500th RADAR-assisted Darlington dog! We started our journey with Darlington, SC way back in 2012 with Moses! Through it all, Susan Blakeney, our shelter liaison has been right there helping RADAR help Darlington dogs! And thank you to all of the shelter volunteers who help the dogs and cats every single day!

UPDATE! All funds for Spencer 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 Spencer:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Black Dog Fund ($50); Michael Nilsson; Karen Dymond

If you are interested in adopting Spencer, please contact Worthy Dog Rescue.

Added on May 27, 2018.

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