Despite being a shelter favorite, Teddy was facing his last day of life when RADAR received the urgent request for help. Teddy, a six-year-old Labrador Retriever mix, arrived at the Duplin County Animal Shelter in North Carolina on April 24th. He was dumped by his owner at this always-overcrowded shelter. Not surprisingly for a North Carolina dog, with its combination of heat, humidity and lack of responsible pet ownership, Teddy tested positive for heartworms. Treating his heartworms would be costly as Teddy is a big dog. Teddy had no rescue or adoption interest, despite his being great with dogs of all sizes and loving people. Would this fantastic dog die without having experienced a responsible inside home?
On Teddy’s scheduled euthanization date of April 30th, Diamond Dogs Rescue in New Jersey sought RADAR’s help. The request was urgent: Could we assist in paying for Teddy’s heartworm treatment so that he could be rescued? We agreed to help right away and Teddy was safe! He was pulled from the shelter and put into emergency boarding until a foster home could be found. RADAR paid for his first heartworm treatment injection on July 26th and contributed towards his second injection on August 21st.
Teddy was soon moved to a caring foster home, where he had to be house-trained, probably due to his being an outside dog his whole life. He has made great progress in learning to live inside. “Teddy loves all his new dog and people friends,” his foster says, “and craves affection and attention. He has a great personality and adores being close to his people. He easily crates up at night and looks forward to his bedtime treat for doing so. He is laid-back, does well with children and will make a great family pet.” To see more photos of Teddy, click here.
RADAR paid $250 towards the heartworm treatment costs for Teddy.
UPDATE! All funds for Teddy 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 Teddy:
Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($50); Janice Layell; Nancy Warner; Gretchen Kozen; Wendi LeConey
If you are interested in adopting Teddy, please contact Diamond Dogs Rescue.
Added on September 15, 2019.