The Issue: Damaging Effects of Canine Heartworm Disease
While more than 30 species of animal can become infected with heartworms, dogs are considered the definitive hosts. Dogs typically become infected when a mosquito carrying heartworm larvae bites a dog and transmits the infection, causing as many as 250 worms to develop and live within the dog’s heart. These worms can grow to as long as 12 inches, and cause numerous medical problems including heart, lung, liver and kidney dysfunction, according to facts supplied by the American Heartworm Society. Treatment leads to full recovery in all except the most advanced cases. However, the City of Sacramento’s budget does not cover this life-saving treatment.
The Campaign: Treating Rescued Dogs Infected with Canine Heartworms
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by the Front Street Animal Shelter, City of Sacramento to treat canine heartworm disease. For every $1,000 raised, the organization can perform heartworm treatment on one rescued dog. Front Street Animal Shelter opts to treat each dog slowly, a method that can cost more, but is ultimately safer for the dog. Once treated, each animal is eligible for adoption.
Front Street Animal Shelter, City of Sacramento
The dogs, cats, pigs, and even horses living at the City of Sacramento’s Front Street Animal Center depend on the tireless efforts of its Animal Care Technicians and volunteers. Every day, these committed individuals tend to the health and well being of each animal that comes through the door – happily performing duties such as feeding, administering medication, sanitizing bedding, and walking– all in the hopes that each animal will be matched with a loving adoptive family. Oftentimes, these animals arrive as strays or are rescued from abusive and negligent conditions, so they are in dire need of the basic socializing and medical attention that healthy domesticated animals enjoy. Furthermore, the center strives to educate pet owners on the importance of proper care, including disease prevention and spaying and neutering.
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