Uhuru (pronounced “oo-hoo-roo”) is a Swahili word that means freedom and independence. And that’s exactly what Uhuru needed from the shelter where her life was on the line. A two-year-old Boxer-Bully Breed mix, Uhuru was picked up as a stray by animal control on June 25th. She was taken to the Aiken County Animal Shelter in South Carolina. Sadly, Uhuru tested positive for heartworms. They are a killer in two ways: a dog with heartworms often ends up on the shelter’s euthanasia list and heartworms cause life-threatening damage to the dog’s heart, lungs and arteries.

Mary Lou Seymour of The Heart Beat Goes On program wasn’t going to let heartworms stand in the way of Uhuru’s freedom. On July 5th, Mary Lou began her quest to find a rescue for Uhuru. Operation Paws for Homes in Virginia wanted to pull Uhuru but needed assistance with the cost of her heartworm treatment. Mary Lou asked RADAR for help on July 17th and we agreed. Uhuru was free at last! She had her heartworm treatment on July 27th.

According to December Clark, Mary Lou’s partner with The Heart Beat Goes On, told us this about Uhuru: “She’s an easygoing girl. She’s very friendly and loves to seek attention. She melts against you when petted!” Click here to view more photos of Uhuru.

RADAR paid all of Uhuru’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $350.

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

UPDATE! Uhuru has been adopted! Her new name is Stella!

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 Uhuru:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($150); Bully Breed Dog Fund ($50); Leslie Platt; Jennifer Siegert

Added on August 10, 2016.

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