We pull many heartworm positive dogs from BARC. It’s an easily curable illness, but costly and stigmatized. These dogs have less time at the shelter, and fewer foster and rescue opportunities once they are pulled. Luckily, we have friends like 4 Paws 4 Life! 4P4L has a wonderful program called Heart to Heart (http://4p4l.org/heart-heart-program-2/) that specifically targets and prevents these dogs from falling through the cracks.
Nelson (formerly Channing) started heartworm treatment as soon as he was pulled from BARC and was accepted into the Heart to Heart program in Colorado. He was quickly adopted by Alicia, who is completing Nelson’s treatments with 4P4L’s help. From Alicia:
Channing (now Nelson) is doing great. When I adopted him he was heartworm positive, but he’s just wrapping up his treatment this week and is getting spunkier and healthier every day. We’ve mastered sit, down and his favorite: “sit like people.” He’s definitely a momma’s boy; loves cuddling, sitting on my lap and being brushed. We get stopped on the street all the time with people wanting to pet him and asking what he is…I’m still trying to figure that one out!
It’s great to hear that Nelson is recovering and happily settling into his new home. We’re so lucky to have such amazing partners up north that help us give scruffies like Nelson another chance at life!