This initiative is in honor of our favorite heartworm survivor, Mr. Big! Read below to find out more about how you can help Mr. Big's friends, waiting in the shelter for their forever home.
We rescued Mr. Big from a rural shelter in Virginia in December of 2019, and he quickly stole the hearts of our supporters with his calm, cool demeanor. Shortly after, at a vet appointment to have him neutered, we discovered he was heartworm positive. Veterinarians went on to tell us was indeed in heart failure and too far gone. They did not believe he would not survive the harsh treatment to rid his body of the worms. We simply could not accept this fate for this amazing dog. It took a couple of months, but we poured our hearts and souls into getting this boy healthy enough to begin treatment, and he did the rest. He powered through the treatment like only a bully dog could, and today he finds himself the lucky, adopted pup of a very loving family.
A heartworm positive diagnosis is one of the number one reasons shelter dogs are looked over by potential adopters!?! The treatment for this totally preventable disease is very expensive, and heartworm positive dogs are notoriously passed over in favor of dogs that do not require this costly treatment.
In years past, common practice dictated that stray dogs were euthanized after 7 days, regardless of the animals health. In today's rescue environment, many of our local shelters are working harder than ever and and keeping dogs longer in hopes of finding the perfect forever home for the animal. Shelter facilities do not have the funds in their budgets to provide heartworm preventative, and with that longer stay in the shelter comes the increased chance of contracting heartworm disease. We want to help ensure these deserving animals are protected by providing a desperately needed monthly heartworm preventative. One monthly pill will keep them from ever having to endure the harsh treatment that Mr. Big went through, and give them their best shot at adoption.
Commit to a small, $7 monthly donation, which will provide a heartworm pill to a shelter dog in need. This commitment from you will help us plan and budget accordingly, and give us a better idea of how many dogs we'll be able to help. If you're interested in providing above and beyond that small monthly commitment, consider covering the cost of heartworm preventative for a shelter dog for one full year or donate to help cover the cost of heartworm treatment for one lucky dog. The sky is the limit and if you're interested in helping shelter dogs, we'll put your money to good use!