“Willow was so sad that it was all I could do to not break down and cry looking at this poor old girl,” a shelter worker said. The person who turned in Willow to the Duplin County Animal Shelter in North Carolina on March 17th claimed that Willow was a stray, but it seemed more like an owner surrender to some of the shelter staff. The mostly deaf and partially blind ten-year-old Willow was very scared in the shelter’s stressful environment. The staff had little hope of getting her a rescue, and Willow was breaking their hearts.

Fortunately, Willow had some guardian angels working to save her. Gretchen Kozen, Duplin animal advocate and RADAR liaison for the shelter, immediately requested our help. We agreed at once to provide an offer to assist with Willow’s vetting costs as an incentive for a rescue to take her. The very next day on March 18th, Destiny Shell, who runs Dogs of Destiny, the Virginia chapter of the Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue, agreed to take Willow!

Willow’s vetting took place on March 28th. She received medication for infected ears and eyes, and pain medication for her hips and back left leg. Blood tests were also taken. Willow had a number of pressure sores that indicate she had spent a lot of time on hard surfaces, which is why Willow loves her bed in her foster home with Destiny, and even discovered the comforts of Destiny’s sofa!

On March 29th. the lab results came back and did not provide the good news Destiny was hoping to receive. Kidney abnormalities were indicated. Adjustments had to be made for her medications and diet. The vet indicated that the remaining time for a dog with Willow’s kidney diagnosis would be about six months. “We don’t know how much time Willow has left for sure,” Destiny said, “but we are sure that every day of her life from here on out she will be loved, cared for, and cherished like she should have been her entire life.” To view more photos of Willow, click here.

RADAR paid all Willow’s March 28th vetting, tests and medicine costs, which totaled $379.

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

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UPDATE Willow crossed the Rainbow Bridge on April 6, 2017. She had many ailments, and her physical condition continued to deteriorate. Rest in Peace, Willow.

Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Willow:

Chloe’s SOS Fund ($100); Black Dog Fund ($50); Ken Siegert & Rick Thompson; Keturah Johnson; Sarina Lopez; The Men of 1789b, “honoring that ole gal Willow. Godspeed forever Willow. We are so pleased to know that your life is now filled with the love that should have always been yours.” 

Added on April 12, 2016.

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