HeartwormHelpNeeded

A new year- 2 more heartworm positive dogs. Charlie is a 12-13 year old Yellow Labrador that was found as a stray south of Springfield Illinois the end of March. When I saw his plea for help, I knew I had to do my best and get him into our program. He was so defeated and sickly when he came into my care on Easter Sunday. Every day he is getting stronger and stronger as he had terrible anemia and he does have a heart murmur. He is learning how to do stairs and is also learning the joys of being a house dog. I do hope to find him a foster to adopt home in the future. Here is Charlies Recovery Page.

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Sally Sweetie Pie a tri-color and while Beagle that came into our program on Earth Day, April 22nd. She was found as a stray in Southern Illinois and is doing great in foster care. Besides fighting heartworms she is also fighting 2 tick borne diseases- Ehrlichia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Like Charlie- she has already started our Heartworm Slow Kill program and doing great and feeling so much better. We hope to find her the best foster to adopt home in the future.

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We always need extra donations to help these special dogs.



2020

11-2020: In the last 2 months we have brought in 5 new heartworm positive dogs and all are also suffering from tick borne disease. Beaumont, Gerett and Patsy came from the Memphis, Tennessee area and Ewan and Harvey came in from southern Illinois. Jill came to us from the Memphis area last April. Some were strays pulled from shelters in the nick of time and some were owner surrenders that suffered terrible neglect. All are now safe in foster or foster to adopt but have a long road to recovery.

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We support a Slow- Kill treatment regimen for the heartworms and tick borne disease instead of the fast kill method that uses a cyanide based poison and requires the dogs with little or no activity. Slow- kill is easier on the dogs while we build them up and kill one worm at a time. We do blood work on each and every dog too. This plan takes longer but we have an excellent success rate. 

The cost to fully vet one of these dogs can cost $1,000 a piece  if there aren't any additional health concerns and procedures like dental work. We appreciate any help we can get and hope we can get more donations to help with their care.
  • Leslie Flanagan 
    • $50 
    • 2 mos
  • Karen Roberts 
    • $50 
    • 2 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 2 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 8 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $15 
    • 9 mos
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Organizer

Lisa Spakowski 
Organizer
Wood Dale, IL
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