Have-A-Heart Fund: Heartworm Prevention & Treatment
By: Jorge Ortega
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Two Hundred and Forty-Seven is the number of heartworm positive dogs cared for by Guilford County Animal Services in 2019.
Fifty-Two is the number of heartworm positive dogs that are waiting to be adopted.
Seventy-One is the number of heartworm positive dogs that are currently in foster-to-adopt homes waiting for their heartworm treatment.
Fifty-Nine is the number of dogs treated for heartworms in 2019 and are living happy healthy lives with their new humans.
The Have-A-Heart Fund gives these dogs an opportunity to enjoy a second chance of a happy and loving life. This fund helps offset the cost of treating our heartworm positive dogs. Heartworm treatment is expensive and can easily drain limited resources available to GCAS. In 2019, The Have-A-Heart Fund prevented these dogs from being overlooked due to limited funding and an illness that is no fault of their own!
Heartworm disease is 100% preventable, yet experts estimate one million dogs in the U.S. are infected with the parasite. The challenge of prevention and treatment is grave for GCAS, which receives dogs when they are already heartworm-positive and face challenges finding resources to treat them. The average cost to treat one heartworm positive dog ranges from $250 - $500. Even with this high cost per dog, GCAS is committed to saving these treatable dogs and finding them a loving home.
Please help GCAS save more lives! Consider making an online donation today, go to the donate button and donate now!