Heartworm disease in dogs is a very serious problem and a huge challenge for shelters. Since our opening, CCAS has saved the lives of 86 dogs that were Heartworm Positive. Some were diagnosed when they arrived, others we knowingly pulled from municipal shelters or other rescues who do not have the resources to treat it.
Most of those dogs would have been euthanized or suffered a slow, painful death if the disease went untreated. CCAS pays the entire cost of treatment for heartworm, even after the dog has been adopted.
Saving heartworm positive dogs is quite a financial burden to shelters, particularly for a brand-new shelter like ours. CCAS treats this deadly disease according to the American Heartworm Society Guidelines, which is extremely safe and effective but very expensive. To date, we have spent over $25,000 for the drugs to treat the 86 dogs whose lives we saved.