The Issue: Damaging Effects of Canine Heartworm
The Southeast has some of the highest incidents of heartworm infection—up to 45%—due to a large mosquito population that carries the disease, according to data from the American Heartworm Society. If left untreated, the disease can block the flow of blood to the brain, damage the liver, and eventually cause death. However, with treatment, dogs can make a full recovery in time.
The Campaign: Providing Heartworm Treatment for a Dog
If 50 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then Labrador Friends of the South can provide heartworm treatment for one rescued dog suffering from heartworms. Each additional $10 raised will go toward treatments for other dogs. The dogs Labrador Friends of the South works are often rescued from high-kill shelters, where they were not on preventative treatment. Once the organization's volunteers haves helped a dog heal from this painful condition, they can focus on finding a permanent adoptive family that will give it a happy, healthy home.
Labrador Friends of the South
The volunteers at Labrador Friends of the South take homeless labradors under their wing, often fostering them in their own homes until they can find loving, adoptive families for them. Battling myths that abandoned dogs have health or behavioral problems, the volunteers carefully screen prospective parents and educate them about each dog's personality and medical history to ensure a good fit. Before the dogs are adopted out, they ensure each one is vaccinated, treated for any major health condition, and spayed or neutered to prevent pet overpopulation. The volunteers ensure each dog receives permanent care; if labs cannot remain in their homes due to unforeseen circumstances, they can return to the program to find another placement for as long as they live.
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