Thomas, an Australian Cattle Dog-Border Collie Mix, has quite a story to tell. A very shy four- to five-year-old, he could not be convinced he needed help! Thomas, originally named Roman, first arrived at the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in May 2018. The folks at the shelter found a foster home for him, in hopes that he would come out of his shell. Instead, Thomas ended up escaping from his foster’s yard. Thomas was on the run until January 31st, 2019, when he was caught by animal control. This shy boy hid in his shelter igloo for two months, not realizing he had a hidden danger inside himself: Thomas was heartworm positive and needed treatment to save his life.

On March 20th, Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society, requested our help. One Life to Live Rescue in Pennsylvania wanted to give Thomas a chance, but needed assistance with the costs of his heartworm treatment. We agreed to assist, and Thomas completed his heartworm treatment on March 26th.

“Thomas is still very shy,” we were told, “but he perks up when he passes other dogs. He is okay being carried but still needs leash work. He is friendly but timid. He could benefit from a friend.” He is on the small size for his breed mix, weighing about 36 pounds. Click here to view more photos of Thomas.

RADAR paid all of the heartworm treatment costs for Thomas, which totaled $224.

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

UPDATE! Thomas 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 Thomas:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Frank Sabina; MoJo (aka Maurice); Leilani Campbell; Tina Muncy; Anonymous

Added on April 7, 2019.

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