“Have a Heart”: New collaborative program launched to save dogs

heartwormdogimagePet Community Center and Metro Animal Care and Control (MACC) are partnering to help find loving homes for heartworm positive dogs.  Thanks to the generosity of Best Friends Animal Society – the Have a Heart program will help heartworm positive dogs currently in the MACC shelter find loving forever homes.  Heartworm positive dogs adopted from MACC will be eligible for free heartworm treatment at Pet Community Center.

What is Heartworm Disease?

  • Heartworms are parasites that commonly infect dogs.  They are transmitted by mosquito bites; heartworm infections are especially common in the Southeastern United States.
  • Heartworms live in the blood vessels of the heart and lungs and can cause serious disease.


Heartworm disease is treatable!  Dogs can live long healthy lives after treatment.

What to expect if you adopt a heartworm positive dog:

  • Your dog will need 4 to 6 weeks of strict cage rest after treatment.
  • After your dog has completed treatment, you’ll want to protect him or her with monthly doses of preventive heartworm medication.
  • All dogs over the age of 7 months should be tested for heartworm annually.

So head over to the MACC shelter and meet the amazing dogs that are available for adoption!  You’ll be saving a life.

Not ready to adopt?  You can help by spreading the word!  Check the MACC and PCC facebook pages for posts about heartworm positive dogs waiting for their forever homes, and share them to spread the word.


This program is made possible by the generosity of Best Friends Animal Society.  Pet Community Center is proud to be a Best Friends Network Partner.

Best Friends Partner Badge 2015