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This is Luther, the Blue Tick Coonhound who was recently adopted from Lapeer County Animal Shelter, Lapeer, MI (USA). He became the best friend of Joe, his adopter. He went everywhere with his master; riding in his truck to work with him each day.

During his wellness check up at the veterinarian, they discovered Luther was Heartworm positive. Apparently the previous owner of this stray did not use any preventive against this killer worm. The estimate for the procedure to eradicate the worms growing in Luther’s heart, exceeded $700.

Joe unable to afford such treatment had to make the disheartening decision to return his buddy back to the shelter in hopes someone else can take the financial responsibility of Luther’s treatment. This unselfish act by Joe was the only chance Luther would have had for a cure.

Joe was wrong.

When he called the shelter to inquire about the return of his beloved pet, immediately the shelter notified the volunteer of the Facebook page (Wendy) that supports this shelter and animals in the Lapeer County. Wendy informed Joe that she will let the community know of the vet bill and see if they can get donations to cover the cost of the treatments. She created a Chip-In and posted the Veterinarian information. In less than 1 day Joe had all the funds for Luther’s treatment!

Luther started his journey to healing. He will be able to complete it in the home where he is loved the most, and beside his loving master, Joe.

Berlin, MI

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