Tanya was living the nomadic life in Aiken County, South Carolina. As winter approached, the Palmetto state, which might feel like a “banya” (Russian steam bath) in the summer, started to feel like Siberia. December 1st was a good time for Tanya to be picked up by Animal Control and brought inside at the Aiken County Animal Shelter. But no time is a good time for a heartworm positive dog. Tanya did not get placed on the adoption floor. Only two years old, Tanya was put on the “death row” wing where only a rescue could get her released.

Mary Lou Seymour with The Heart Beat Goes On program thought this Pit Bull mix was a little matryoshka (Russian doll). She began to network Tanya on December 2nd, hoping for rescue before the holidays. On December 11th, Mary Lou asked RADAR if we could help Tanya. She had been assigned a “put to sleep” date of December 16th, and could be euthanized any time after that date. We agreed to assist with the heartworm treatment cost, and on December 15th the local Shelter Animals Advocates got Tanya out of the gulag with only one day to spare!

Tanya had her heartworm treatment on December 21st and 22nd. Tanya is shy and careful, but loves being petted. She has nice leash manners. But her best quality is her ever-present smile, just like the ones you see on the Russian nesting dolls! Now all she needs is the nest! To see more photos of Tanya, click here.

RADAR paid $300 towards the heartworm treatment costs for Tanya.

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

UPDATE! Tanya has been adopted!

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Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Tanya:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Bully Breed Dog Fund ($50); Karin McCool; Melissa Farr & Jim Groff; Diana Berkstresser

Added on January 16, 2016.

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