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PhilRuffin and Gabby-smPhil Snyder, Executive Director

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englewood sun logoBy Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

Published in the Englewood Sun on February 2, 2017

Would you like to make a homeless animal your valentine this year? If the answer is yes, we have a fun and easy way to do it!

Donate $5 or more to Suncoast Humane Society’s “HAVE A HEART” Valentine Campaign and help homeless animals like Olivia, who arrived at our shelter recently and has tested heartworm positive. With treatment and plenty of rest, Olivia will return to good health and be on the road to her new permanent home within a few months.

When you designate a contribution towards this campaign, your name will be written on a heart and displayed in Suncoast Humane Society’s customer service area. This heart will be a symbol that you are helping to fight this deadly disease that attacks a dog’s heart.

Olivia was found wondering the streets alone. This 25 pound Cur type pooch is approximately three years old and is as sweet and loving as can be. Following her treatment, which could take several weeks, she will be looking for a special family. If a nice quiet permanent home should come along before the treatment is complete, it may be possible for her to be adopted even sooner. She is currently in a foster home awaiting the start of her treatments.

There has been a lot of needed information shared regarding heartworm disease in dogs and much of it can be found through your local humane society and the American Heartworm Society or your pet’s veterinarian. We do know that if left untreated, it can be deadly. For this reason, most animal shelters test all incoming dogs for heartworms. Animal care personnel know that many dogs surrendered to a shelter will test positive for this serious disease. This is especially true if they have not been on heartworm prevention medication and have spent any length of time outdoors. The disease is transmitted by mosquitos, of which we have a few in Southwest Florida.

Thanks to generous donors, Suncoast Humane Society features a life-saving program titled, “Shelter Angel” Medical Fund. This special fund allows for the diagnosis and extended treatment of heartworm disease and other needed medical procedures. These are all medical issues that if left untreated, would prevent the adoption of these animals.
Last Year, (2016), twenty nine pets suffering from heartworm disease and/or other serious medical problems were treated through the “Shelter Angel” Medical Fund. Thankfully, these pets were given a 2nd chance at life.

If you decide to Buy A Heart to Save A Heart, your heart will feel the rewards of making a four-legged friend become your special valentine. What could be better?

(Remember, heartworm disease is a year around problem in Florida. Have Fido checked and make sure he is on preventative medication).