Stella was the only one in the building with a dry eye when she came to the Aiken County Animal Shelter in South Carolina as a stray on June 2nd. The story of the lovable Lab who could not go to the adoption floor tugged at everyone’s heartstrings. Stella has KCS – keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye) due to a tear duct problem and needed daily eye treatments. A four-year-old Labrador Retriever mix, Stella was not only a dog with very poor chances at being adopted (black dog, special needs, overcrowded shelter) but she was heartworm positive. County regulations kept her from being adopted to the public.

Mary Lou Seymour of The Heart Beat Goes On program has no problem producing tears. When a rescue gets a call from Mary Lou, they had better have a box of tissues nearby. Mary Lou began networking Stella on June 14th. On June 18th Dog Star Rescue in Connecticut wanted to pull Stella but needed help with the expensive cost of heartworm treatment. Mary Lou asked RADAR for assistance on June 19th and we agreed. Stella was safe with Dog Star Rescue on June 22nd! She had her heartworm treatment on July 1st.

Stella gets daily eye drops that are effective in treating her condition. Her foster dad says that she enjoys the daily washing and drops. Perhaps she never had much attention in her lifetime. But, she walks nicely by his side on the leash, and sits by his leg when requested. She is house trained and is a nice gentle dog. She doesn’t like thunderstorms, but doesn’t shed tears over them either! To see more photos of Stella, click here.

RADAR paid all $287 of Stella’s heartworm treatment costs.

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

UPDATE! Stella has been adopted!

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 Stella:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Black Dog Fund; Cindy Hagan; Linda Siegert & Ernie Lenton / Collars of Hope Creations

Added on August 2, 2015.

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