We get over 100 telephone calls, e-mails and Facebook posts PER DAY asking us to take dogs. Of course, we can't take in even a small percentage of those dogs. Our focus now is on dogs in the Louisiana state, which is also a state with the HIGHEST rate of heartworm infection anywhere in the country.
Along with the over 450 dogs currently in our care (which has required setting up additional satellite locations), we have also stepped in to assist a small country shelter in Assumption Parish. This facility has no resources, and the dogs who end up here need all the help they can get. Without exception, almost every dog we take in has tested positive for heartworms. If they are lucky, they are young and the infection is in early stages which is easier, although no less expensive, to treat. Whatever stage they are in, the diagnosis means they will have to be treated and remain quiet. This means no walks for them, no outside yard time, and for a younger dog, that's a huge burden.
From the cost of the heartworm test, up through the treatments, and providing the monthly maintenance preventative, heartworms is truly an unending expense. We are grateful to have the support from our fans.
Attached is a picture of Norman, who just recently completed his heartworm treatment and can now enjoy outside kennel time and walks. This wouldn't be possible without support - thank you!
Until next time...Jamie