Hi, it’s me, Tessa! I arrived at the Columbus County Animal Shelter in North Carolina on January 12th as a stray. I couldn’t say my name and so they called me Jesse. For how I ended up as Tessa, read on and find out! I’m a petite Labrador Retriever mix and about one year old. I wasn’t having the best luck, as they found out at the shelter that I was heartworm positive. Who would want to adopt or rescue me since the treatment for heartworms is so expensive?

Fortunately for me, Karen Steers of Peak Lab Rescue in North Carolina was interested in rescuing me. She asked a group called RADAR for help with my heartworm treatment costs on the heart-filled holiday of Valentine’s Day, February 14th. And RADAR said they would help me! On March 27th I finished my heartworm treatment. Thank goodness that’s done!

When I came into the rescue, there was already another dog named Jesse, so I became Tessa. My new name suits me just fine. I don’t want to brag, but I am a pretty wonderful dog. My foster mom had this to say about me: “This girl checks a lot of boxes in the search for a perfect dog. Cute as a puppy? Check. But already housebroken (no accidents in her foster home) and sleeps through the night? Double check. Doesn’t need to be crated (but doesn’t mind it either), hardly sheds and rarely barks. Check, check and check. She gets along well with other dogs, cats and humans. Seriously, what’s not to love?” Click here to view more photos of me!

RADAR paid all $282 of the heartworm treatment costs for Tessa.

UPDATE! Tessa has been adopted!

UPDATE! All funds for Tessa 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 Tessa:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Sunday Wright Fund; Shannon Reeves; Brian Mertz; Jacquie Robinson; Carole Duzich; Linda Siegert / Collars of Hope Creations

Added on April 14, 2019.

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