Willow was within 15 minutes of being euthanized when the life of this visually-impaired dog was saved. Estimated to be six years old, Willow was a stray Hound who was bothering someone’s cat. Animal control was called and trapped Willow on April 11th. She was taken to the Duplin County Animal Shelter in North Carolina. Covered in ticks, very thin, entropion in her right eye and blind in her left eye, Willow cowered in her kennel the entire time she was at the shelter. Willow, known as Hazel at the shelter, had until noon on April 18th to get rescued or be euthanized.

As soon as she learned of Willow’s plight on April 11th, Gretchen Kozen, Duplin animal advocate and RADAR liaison for the shelter, requested our help. We immediately provided an offer to assist with Willow’s vetting costs to encourage a rescue to take her. But the days passed without any takers. Then, at 11:15 on the morning of April 18th, Rainbow Animal Rescue in Virginia agreed to take Willow!

While Willow had all of her vetting done, including getting spayed and entropion surgery for her right eye, her left eye required an evaluation by an ophthalmologist. Willow had her eye exam on June 14th. The doctor’s report included the following: “Willow has permanent vision loss in her left eye, however the eye is comfortable. The exact cause in her case is not known, however I suspect previous trauma. No medications are required, and it is unlikely to be an issue for her in the future.” Click here to view more photos of Willow.

RADAR paid all of Willow’s ophthalmologist exam costs, which totaled $120.

UPDATE! Willow has been adopted!

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

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 Willow:

Freya Hill; Laura Jones; Mary Haak; Dorian Edwin / Creations for Castaway Canines

Added on June 25, 2016.

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