It would be Spot-on for Dick and Jane to say, “See Spot rescued!” This two-year-old Pit Bull (and perhaps Dalmatian) mix arrived as a stray in late May at the Chester County Animal Care & Control shelter in South Carolina. Despite his adorable looks and many folks networking for him, Spot had no adopter or rescue interest. It didn’t help that he was heartworm positive.

With the shelter getting full, dogs like Spot became increasingly urgent. In response, on June 8th RADAR provided an offer to assist with Spot’s heartworm treatment as an incentive for a rescue to take him. The weeks passed and June turned to July, and still Spot had no takers. The shelter had gone 11 months without euthanizing any dogs for space, but by late July the shelter was way beyond capacity. A list of dogs were given an “expiration date” of July 25th. Spot was one of them.

On July 23rd, Survivor Tails Animal Rescue in Massachusetts agreed to take DeeDee, Marlowe and Missy, but until the three dogs could be transported on August 2nd, they would take up critical kennel space at the shelter. So even though they were safe, they were putting three other dogs at risk of being euthanized. The rescue was under pressure to find the funds to board the dogs. That same day, RADAR asked “is there anything else RADAR can do to help Chester County dogs?” Turns out there was! Brandy, who works at the shelter, told us that if we could cover the temporary boarding costs for DeeDee, Marlowe and Missy, that would help to open some kennels. We immediately agreed, and as it turns out, Survivor Tails Animal Rescue decided to take Spot as well!

Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of so many, no dogs had to be euthanized on July 25th. Spot had his heartworm treatment done on August 22nd. Click here to see more photos of Spot.

RADAR paid all of Spot’s $250 heartworm treatment bill.

UPDATE! All funds for Spot have been raised! Thank you!

UPDATE! Due to changes to Massachusetts and New Hampshire regulations, Survivor Tails can no longer help heartworm positive dogs. They would need fosters outside of MA and NH, for at least 6 months before the dogs could be brought into either state. They are working on ways to continue helping heartworm positive dogs, but for now they aren’t able to help. Through some cooperation, Survivor Tails and Friends of Freddie swapped a few dogs. The swap included Spot, so he is now going to Friends of Freddie!

UPDATE! Spot has been adopted! He was with his rescue for about 3 years, but finally found the right home!

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 Spot:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Freya Hill; JoAnn Lundin; Diana Berkstresser

Added on August 25, 2013.

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