Big Hearts Needed for Big Dogs
As an open admissions shelter, we accept all pets surrendered to us from our service area, regardless of health, size, breed, or temperament. Because of this, some of the pets we take in need special care in order to become available for adoption. We receive a number of large, heartworm disease positive dogs whose treatment requires medication and supervised rest in a foster home. Treatment in a foster home is essential for the heartworm positive dog as the stress of being in a kennel increases the rate at which heartworms cause damage in the heart and lungs. According to Dr. Laurie Putnam, DVM, our Director of Medical Services, the soon-coming warmer temperatures also affect the well being of these dogs battling heartworm disease: “The extreme increase in temperature during the summer months can cause more severe clinical symptoms, such as depression, coughing, labored breathing, decreased appetite and weight loss. When undergoing treatment, dogs must be kept on a leash and their exercise is restricted, with no outlet from the stress of the kennel. Providing a foster home for a heartworm positive dog would ease the pain and stress of treatment and allow for a healthier recovery.” If you are interested in becoming a foster parent to help homeless pets become healthy enough to find forever homes, please contact Jacqueline Elliott, our Events and Volunteer Manager, by phone at 941-474-7884 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate all your help!