It doesn’t have to be Halloween to offer this dog a treat and exclaim, “Trigger treat!” In early July Trigger, a one to two-year-old Catahoula mix, arrived as a stray at the Duplin County Animal Shelter in North Carolina. He was terrified to be in the shelter. While he would wag his tail when someone spoke kindly to him, he would only stay in the far corner of his kennel. Adding to Trigger’s woes: he was heartworm positive. By mid-July his time was up, which meant he could be euthanized at any time at this small rural kill shelter.

On July 14h, Duplin animal advocate and RADAR liaison for the shelter, Gretchen Kozen, reached out to us for help with Trigger. We provided an offer to assist with his heartworm treatment costs to encourage a rescue to take him. On July 24th, Second Chance Habitat Rescue in Virginia agreed to pull the Trigger–so to speak! He had his heartworm treatment done on August 24th.

Trigger’s initial temporary foster mom told us that his personality really came out, and that he was a happy boy whose tail never stopped wagging! The rescue had this to say about Trigger: “He is a delightful companion who loves everyone! He is one of those rare dogs who gets along with other dogs, cats, chickens, goats and especially children! He’s very gentle and calm in the house but enjoys playing with his canine buddies in the yard. He also walks perfectly on a leash and makes a grand passenger if you want to go for a ride. In the world of “dogdom,” he’s darned near perfect!” To see more photos of Trigger, click here.

RADAR paid all $255 of Trigger’s heartworm treatment costs.

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

UPDATE! Trigger 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 Trigger:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Ellen Murnane; Robert Cameron; Lorraine & Patrick Smith; Paula Ballard; Betsy Greenwood; Leeann Lindrose; Diana Berkstresser

Added on September 20, 2015.

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