Merlin came to Animal Ark from a rescue located in South Carolina. This beautiful dog was discovered to have heartworm, a debilitating and often-fatal malady. The other shelter couldn’t provide the care Merlin needed, so they contacted Animal Ark.
Heartworm isn’t just a serious illness. It’s also an expensive one. Treatment can cost anywhere from $500 to over $1,000, depending on severity. Merlin’s case was quite severe. Thankfully, Animal Ark’s Special Need Fund was available and Merlin got the help he needed. His heartworm is well on the way to being resolved, at which point he’ll be available for adoption.
Merlin is a very reserved dog, avoiding eye contact when meeting strangers. Which is a shame, because as you can see he has beautiful eyes. Our staff and volunteers report, however, that once Merlin gets to know you, he can be an affectionate, playful pup. He’ll need a home full of patience and kindness, and Animal Ark will continue to care for him until just the right environment is found where he’ll thrive.