The topic of heartworms and treatment has come to the forefront for dogs in the Manatee County Animal Services shelter. There are currently 9 dogs in need of this treatment and the shelter is calling on all in the community to step up with adoptions, fostering, and donations to pay for this needed treatment. Heartworms should not be a death sentence for these dogs. There have been many families in the community who have successfully adopted dogs with heartworms from MCAS, and the dogs are now living happy and healthy lives in their forever homes. The good news is that there is NO COST for the treatment to pet parents who adopt from the shelter. The treatment is paid for by Animal Network, Inc. that partners with the shelter to pay for treatment. This important organization has recently received the status of being a Preferred Charity for the county. This status greatly increases its value in raising funds to pay for heartworm treatment for the shelter dogs. However, the organization is now reaching out for people in the community to increase donations so that payment can continue for the dogs. You may donate to this important fund by sending your donations to Sue Kolze, 610 Ixora Avenue in Ellenton, FL 34222.
The shelter has no space for designated dogs that need to be quarantined in order to receive treatment. A noisy shelter is no place for a dog that is receiving treatment. Dogs that are receiving treatment must be kept quiet for a period of six months. Adoptive pet parents are needed immediately for these 9 dogs that are waiting to begin treatment. A comfy crate is needed while the dogs are receiving treatment.
You may also serve as a foster pet parent if full adoption is not possible. Please call the shelter at 941-742-5933, ext. 8346 if you are able to foster one of the dogs that is now in immediate need to begin treatment.
Community involvement is high on the list of the no kill equation for a shelter to reach this status. MCAS is well on its way to achieving this status, and the shelter is asking the community to participate in this urgent need to adopt or foster one of these 9 dogs so that they can begin treatment for heartworms.
The SOSA (Save Our Shelter Animals) Facebook page has a number of positive testimonies from families who have successfully adopted dogs from MCAS and have used the FREE treatment for heartworms received from Animal Network, Inc. Take some time to read and see fun photos for the dogs that are now in their forever homes and having been successfully treated.
Have a Heart for these 9 dogs during this last week of February, the Heart Healthy Month. Adopt or foster a dog that is in need of this life-saving treatment to get on the way to a healthy life in a forever home.