With Valerie’s valiant valor, we could change her name to Valorie! This three-year-old German Shepherd mix was brought to the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina by animal control on October 2nd. Although Valerie tested heartworm positive and was a black dog, she was very lucky to have rescue interest prior to being placed on the shelter’s Put To Sleep list. But that was just the beginning of Valerie’s long journey to rescue.

On October 15th, Home at Last Dog Rescue in Pennsylvania offered to take Valerie if her heartworm treatment costs could be covered. RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue, Susan Blakeney, wasted no time in seeking our help. Having just committed to several other Darlington dogs and knowing that Valerie’s treatment would be more costly, we made an urgent plea for donations to help Valerie. Within a few hours all of the funds were raised and Valerie was safe!

Then on October 31st, and totally unexpected by anyone, Valerie gave birth to four puppies! Her heartworm treatment was put on hold until her three surviving puppies were weaned. Then a shortage of the heartworm medication delayed her treatment until early January. But there was yet another delay when the vet wanted her spayed prior to treatment. Finally, on February 11th, she received her heartworm treatment!

Susan shared this with us about Valerie: “She is calm and dignified. She walks beautifully on a leash, and is very responsive. She is unfazed by cats. Valerie is very cool and calm around other dogs. She shared a kennel with another dog while at the shelter. Valerie is a beautiful, elegant dog!” Click here to view more photos of Valerie.

RADAR paid for all of Valerie’s heartworm treatment costs, totaling $391.

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

UPDATE! Valerie 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 Valerie:

Helping Hands for Hearts FundBlack Dog FundAmy Clauss Moorby; Dawn & Paul Zimmermann; Valerie Lindsay-Haislip; Elizabeth Lavoie; Keturah Johnson; Kay Poston; Melissa Feeney

Added on February 16, 2014.

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