The Heart Beat Goes On campaign is designed to find rescue for heartworm positive dogs on death row in Aiken county South Carolina and to raise funds for their heartworm treatment.
Shelter Animal Advocates Aiken Foster network is a program under (PAWS)Palmetto Animal Welfare Services, a 501c3 non profit . PAWS devotes its energy to passionately networking Aiken dogs and cats who are dumped at their local shelter. Their purpose is unwanted animal prevention and well-homed animal retention. More can be learned by clicking here.
Heart worm positive dogs are on ‘death row’ in Aiken County. When a space opens on the adoption floor, the dogs ‘in back’ are evaluated for temperament and general health to see if they can be moved to the adoption floor. Unfortunately, most heartworm positive dogs are put on the euthanasia list, with their only hope being a qualified 501c3 rescue stepping up to save them. Only 501c3’s are allowed to rescue, as per Aiken County Animal Shelter policy.
Aiken Shelter Animal Advocates provides short term fosters or boarding for rescues wishing to pull dogs from the high kill Aiken County shelter. For heartworm positive dogs on death row who are not allowed on the adoption floor (some light heartworm positive are allowed adoption as to policy change in June 2014), The Heart Beats On work to find rescues and raise funds for treatment.
The treatment funds go directly to the rescue which pulls the dog. The choice of heartworm treatment protocol (slow kill, fast kill, 2 shots, 3 shots) is left up to the rescue as it is dependent on the individual dog, the protocol the rescue’s vet uses, and other considerations. The HBGO doesn’t take part in the treatment.
The HBGO doesn’t have the ability to treat dogs in Aiken, nor provide long term fostering. What they do is to arrange treatment and boarding at Sandy Crest Kennels in Chesterfield. The cost is normally around $600. The receiving rescue would be responsible for paying the kennels directly and for transporting the dog once heartworm treatment has ended. Or, if the rescue already has facilities to treat the dogs, HBGO can foster for 2-3 weeks until transport through their foster network program at minimal cost for food and medication.
The Heart Beat Goes On program has been accepted as one of the programs under the ‘umbrella’ of Palmetto Animal Welfare Services (PAWS), a new 501c3 organization dedicated to assisting any and all animal welfare efforts in and around Aiken County to end the unnecessary killing of shelter animals.
Any funds donated above the needs for any specific animal will be used for other heart worm positive dogs in need. You can also donate to their HeartBeat ‘general fund,’ which they use to cover local foster expenses and transport as needed. Donors wishing a tax credit will receive their tax credit letter through PAWS.
You can donate to this very much needed cause by clicking on the heart here.
If you wish to send a paper check, you may mail it to PAWS PO Box 392 Aiken South Carolina 29802. Please make check Payable to PAWS and put ‘HeartBeat’ in the subject line.
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