November, more than any other month, is a time known for inspiring feelings of gratitude and thanks. Here at Pet Community Center, there is so much to be grateful for. Since 2014, we’ve served over 20,000 animals in our spay/neuter clinic, wellness programs, and community cat program. We truly believe that pets are family and helping these animals stay safe, healthy, and happy is of the greatest importance to us. For Giving Tuesday(link) we’re highlighting dogs that have received treatment for heartworm disease at pet Community Center. Heartworm is a risk that dogs face year round. Fortunately we offer low-cost preventative and treatment to give dogs a second chance at a long and happy life.
Heartworm disease is a seriously damaging and sometimes fatal disease that affects both dogs and cats, but primarily shows up in dogs. According to the American Heartworm Society, the disease is caused by “foot-long worms (heartworms) that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets, causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body.” Because we know how painful and destructive this disease can be, PCC makes it a priority to offer low-cost heartworm prevention, testing, and treatment to any animal in need.
Here is one story we are highlighting for Giving Tuesday! Lisa and her husband adopted Chief, a heartworm positive dog in September 2015.
Chief was about an hour south in Rockvale, TN. He was found wandering the streets by a crane operator who had 9 dogs himself. The man who found Chief, knew he needed a lot of attention, behaviorally and medically, and made a listing for him in the free section of Craigslist. Chief was matted to his skin, dirty, and underweight. Lisa and her husband saw the listing and their hearts broke for this dog. They didn’t have plans to adopt him, but contacted the crane operator and said they would take the dog off his hands and help find him a good home. Once they picked Chief up, they contacted a local rescue to transport him to. They were scheduled to drop him off at the rescue on the following Monday, but over the weekend he won their hearts and they knew they couldn’t give him up.
Soon after, they brought Chief to Pet Community Center to be neutered, vaccinated, and tested for heartworm disease. Chief’s test came back positive, but treatment was available through our low-cost program. Today, Chief is heartworm free and loving life!
Lisa says, “If it weren’t for Pet Community Center, we wouldn’t have been able to keep Chief. Thank you for saving Chief’s life and giving me the best dog I could ever ask for.” We are so happy we could help this family and that Chief has a second chance at a long and happy life!
Tennessee is ranked 8th among the states with the highest rates of heartworm positive pets. It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito. And it can be difficult to treat a dog with heartworm disease. Costs can soar to thousands of dollars, and dogs must remain on strict cage rest for at least six weeks after treatment. It’s an arduous and expensive process.
That’s why prevention is so important and why we are making this a priority during #GivingTuesday. Our pet wellness program provides critical preventive care, like heartworm treatment and prevention, for pets that might not otherwise receive it.
Pet Community Center also offers heartworm testing. The test requires just one drop of blood and takes only 10 minutes to process. We offer this test for just $15 at our Friday and Saturday clinics. And for those animals that do test positive, low-cost heartworm treatment at Pet Community Center is offered. We treat pet dogs as well as dogs that are currently in a rescue waiting to be adopted. Receiving treatment before adoption greatly increases their chances of finding a forever home.
Gifts of $15 will help provide a life saving vaccine, $20 will provide two microchips, a gift of any amount is greatly appreciated and will help a pet in need receive preventive wellness care.
Plus all donations during #GivingTuesday will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $5,000!