Unlike Zeus, the Ancient Greek god of sky and thunder, Zeus the dog attracted very little attention at the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina. This two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix arrived as an owner surrender on May 6th. So why did this happy, friendly and affectionate fellow attract so little interest from potential adopters or rescues? Zeus had tested positive for heartworms, and the cost of treatment for heartworms tends to deter adopters and rescues.

New England Lab Rescue in Maine expressed interest in saving Zeus if his heartworm treatment costs could be funded. Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society, asked RADAR on July 8th if we could pay for the treatment. We agreed, and Zeus had his back-to-back heartworm injections on July 22nd and 23rd.

“Zeus is a classic Lab in his looks and also in his outlook on life,” we were told. “He was excited to be taken out of his kennel cell at the shelter to see a glorious field waiting for him to explore. A good, steady walker, he nicely chilled out and in no time was in search of cool, shady spots to provide him with some relief from the very hot sun. Zeus equally enjoys the company of dogs and humans. A busy home that appreciates the goofiness and activeness of a big ol’ Lab will suit his pet style and make for a match made in heaven!” Click here to view more photos of Zeus.

RADAR paid all of the heartworm treatment costs for Zeus, which totaled $383.

UPDATE! All funds for Zeus 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 Zeus:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Black Dog Fund ($50); Sunday Wright Fund; Beth Higgins; Karen Dymond; Anonymous

If you are interested in adopting Zeus, please contact New England Lab Rescue.

Added on August 11, 2019.

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