The shelter currently has 15 heartworm positive dogs in their care. There are 5 dogs finishing up treatment, and 10 more wating on the necessary medication. Heartworm disease is very common in our area, as it is spread by mosquitoes. Fortunately, it is completely preventable with regular medication. Treating this disease in the shelter environment is difficult because it requires frequent treatment, and can take dogs two to three months to recover. Infected dogs require almost complete bed rest during treatment and recovery, so they rely on foster homes to care for these dogs during that time.
On average, heartworm disease costs $150 to treat through our shelter, without consideration of food and other supplies during that time. Treating a dog through a private veterinarian could cost several hundred to a thousand dollars. We are asking for donations of $200 per dog to cover the cost of medication and care during the three month treatment process. Currently, most of these dogs are in need of a foster home, but can also be fostered-to-adopt.
Our goal is to raise $2,000 for the 10 dogs still needing treatment, but each dollar raised above this amount will go toward future medical needs. For donations of a specific amount or above $200, please donate a cash or check in person or by mail at 4451 Pine Forest Road in Milton.
We would like to say thank you in advance for your generosity from all shelter staff and pets. You are so a-purr-eciated!