Perhaps Stella, a two- to three-year-old Labrador Retriever mix, could dictate a novella about her life if she could talk. She was surrendered to A Second Chance Animal Shelter in Clarendon County, South Carolina, along with her four puppies on January 13th. Stella was not only a black dog (less likely to be noticed and adopted) but tested heartworm positive. Would Stella’s novella have an unhappy ending, as heartworm treatment is expensive?

Karen Steers of Peak Lab Rescue in North Carolina contacted RADAR about Stella on January 20th. Her rescue wanted to help Stella (and her pups) but would need assistance with the cost of Stella’s heartworm treatment. We agreed to help, and Stella had her heartworm treatment on March 3rd.

Stella is described by the rescue as “on the smaller side, sweet and shy, good with other dogs and with children.” We were told Stella was getting used to the good life inside and had no accidents despite probably living outside before she was rescued. In fact, Stella’s novella ends on a happy note, as she was adopted by her foster! Be sure to view more photos in Stella’s gallery.

RADAR paid all of Stella’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $248.

UPDATE! Stella has been adopted… by her foster!

UPDATE! All funds for Stella 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 Stella:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Black Dog Fund ($50); Ann Weatherhead; Maggi Berwind-Dart

Added on March 22, 2020.

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