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Jake's still in the game but needs help for heartworm treatment

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If Jake, formerly known as Stefan and then named Apollo, is a baseball fan, it must seem like it's the bottom of the ninth inning, and the count is 3-2 with two outs: at any moment the game could be over for him. Examiner writer Elisa Black-Taylor described Jake's situation in an article posted on the Examiner website on April 21.

As Black-Taylor explained, Jake hasn't had the best of luck so far, and Greenville animal advocates are hoping the animal lovers in Greenville will help give Jake another chance at life.

What's known about Jake's history isn't much. What we do know is that approximately a year and a half ago Jake and his littermate came into the Greenville Humane Society. Jake was then known as Stefan. His littermate, according to GHS records, was treated for Parvo. Stefan was carefully monitored but he was spared Parvo. He did, however, catch kennel cough, and was treated for it. Jake aka Stefan was wormed, given heartworm and flea prevention, vaccinated, neutered, and adopted to a family when he was around four months of age.

The story of Jake goes silent when he was adopted, until recently when he was found on the streets of Greenville, at high risk of being hit by a car. Good Samaritans took Jake in, and, since it's the right thing to do, they did their best to find Jake's family, reasoning that someone had to be missing such a wonderful dog and would want him back as soon as possible.

But when Jake's rescuers located the family, the family did not want him back.They were so disinterested that they hung up the phone when they were informed he was safe. They simply didn't care. Strike one.

Jake's new friends know more than a little about how pet adoption works, so they were able to trace the microchip back to the Greenville Humane Society. They contacted GHS because they knew that virtually all adoption contracts require the adopted pet to be returned to the rescue in the event the owners can't keep them for any reason. They assumed Greenville Humane Society would want him back.

They were wrong. GHS representatives instructed them to bring him in for a heartworm and temperament test before they could consider taking him back. Jake passed the temperament test with flying colors. He flunked the heartworm test; apparently his adoptive family didn't bother to give him the heartworm preventative that they were supposed to.

When Greenville Humane learned about the heartworm test results, they informed the woman who found Jake and brought him in to GHS that they could only consider taking him if they paid $800 for heartworm treatment. The informed her that once he was healthy, they could reconsider taking Jake back.

That was strike two for Jake.

The woman who found Jake was incredulous. This was not even her dog; it was a dog that she kept from being hit by a car, a dog that she traced back to his owners, and then traced back to the rescue that originally placed him. Now they wanted $800 to take back the dog that contractually should have been returned to them instead of being dumped in the street.

Fortunately for Jake, the animal loving community in Greenville is working hard to prove to Jake and the woman who found him that the saying "No good deed ever goes unpunished" does not apply in this case. They do not want Jake to strike out. He has many more games in front of him.

Right now, Jake needs to get those heartworms treated. A vet has been located who will treat the heartworms for considerably less that the Greenville Humane Society estimate, but funds are needed to start the treatment.

Jake is optimistic about his new life. He even has a new name, Apollo, to commemorate his fresh start. He just needs to survive this inning, and to find a new family of his own. Do you need a new team member for your family? Maybe Apollo would be perfect for you!

Can you help Jake, now known as Apollo, get out of this inning? The count is loaded. Please don't let him strike out. If you can donate any amount to help fund Jake's heartworm treatment, please contact Palmetto Animal Hospital, 10 Roberts Blvd, Williamston, SC 29697, or call (864) 847-7678 and let them know the funds are to be used for Apollo/Jake.

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