The meaning of the name Ziva is “radiance, brilliance, light and brightness.” But Ziva’s situation was very bleak when she arrived at the Sampson County Animal Shelter in North Carolina way back on October 5th. The two to three-year-old German Shepherd had recently been hit by a car and had a broken pelvis. Although the shelter was able to locate Ziva’s owner and he said he would come to get her, he never did. The shelter provided Ziva with pain medication, but needed to find her a rescue to get her the care she needed. Testing heartworm positive only made matters all the worse for Ziva.
On November 3rd, Sampson County Friends For Animals in North Carolina reached out to RADAR for assistance with Ziva (known as Likka at the shelter). German Shepherd Rescue and Adoptions (GSRA) in North Carolina was interested in helping Ziva, but needed financial assistance for her heartworm treatment. We agreed to assist. Ziva was safely out of the shelter and placed in a foster home on November 6th.
Our contact with GSRA and Ziva’s foster, Veronica Vesligaj, reported to us that Ziva was evaluated by an orthopedic specialist on December 10th. Ziva’s pelvis had been broken in three different places, but it had already healed to a considerable degree. It was determined that it would be better to leave it alone rather than risk additional complications by re-breaking and attempting to reset it. While she has an awkward gait as a result of the injury, Ziva uses the injured leg, and has no problems running and jumping.
Ziva received her heartworm treatment on February 29th. “Ziva is a great girl,” her foster mom said, “who will flourish as an only dog with an active family, or in a home with an appropriate doggie companion. Ziva likes to play with other dogs. She is a bit of a “rough” player, and likes the chase game as well as the wrestling style of play. She will not do well with dominant dogs, and will probably be too overbearing for small dogs. Ziva enjoys walks, and is very well-mannered on leash.” Click here to view more photos of Ziva.
RADAR paid all of Ziva’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $315.
UPDATE! All funds for Ziva have been raised! Thank you!
UPDATE! Ziva has been adopted!
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Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Ziva:
Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Melissa Feeney; Rebecca Kuga; Dee Dee Clark; Karolay Aldave; Anonymous; Diana Berkstresser
Added on March 14, 2016.