BRADENTON, Fla. -- You and your family have made the decision to adopt a dog. You visit Bishop Animal Shelter and walk through the dog kennels. You meet a number of prospects, but you’re drawn to a handsome 7 year old Rottweiler mix named Tiny Tim who stands at attention and wags his tail when you stop by his kennel. You watch as Tiny Tim barks with excitement as the shelter employee opens his gate and puts a leash on him. You notice a goofy side of Tiny Tim as you play with him in the lobby and think to yourself “Wow! That’s a special dog!” There’s only one thing: Tiny Tim is heartworm positive (HWP). What does that mean for you, and most importantly, Tiny Tim?
Heartworm disease is caused by a parasitic worm that infects the heart and lungs of dogs. Heartworms are transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. If left untreated the disease can lead to heart failure and ultimately death. Tiny Tim and the other HWP dogs at Bishop Animal Shelter are undergoing heartworm treatment which consists of 30 days of antibiotics, a series of injections that kill the parasite and 60 days of cage rest. In addition to the $60 adoption fee, HWP dogs also have a $100 treatment fee which helps to cover the cost of heartworm treatment. Bishop Animal Shelter is offering a $14 adoption fee on all heartworm positive dogs February 1-14 ($114 total adoption fee). HWP dogs are made available for adoption before treatment is complete and the adopter signs a contract that they will take their dog to any remaining treatments at no cost to them.
Healthy HWP dogs, with proper treatment and care, can lead the same long, healthy lives as any other dog on the adoption floor. “These are wonderful dogs that would make a great addition to a family. People are often intimidated by heartworm positive dogs in fear that treatment is too costly and time consuming,” said Samantha Dominis, Public Relations Coordinator at Bishop. Bishop Animal Shelter makes adopting a HWP dog affordable and they even make the treatment appointments for you.
So go ahead. Fall in love with Tiny Tim or any other heartworm positive dog at Bishop Animal Shelter SPCA, located at 5718 21st Ave West, Bradenton. If you’re unable to adopt a heartworm positive dog but would like to sponsor their heartment treatment, call Bishop Animal Shelter at 941-792-2863. Visit their website at www.BishopSPCA.org to check out their adoptable animals.
Bishop Animal Shelter SPCA is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that receives no funding from tax dollars. The mission of Bishop Animal Shelter SPCA is to prevent cruelty to animals, help in the relief of suffering animals, help with the care and placement of homeless animals and encourage kindness towards animals.