Help Heal My Heart

Heartworm disease is serious. It is caused by a parasitic worm whose larvae is spread through an infected mosquito. It’s called heartworm because the host lives in the heart, lungs, and blood vessels and resembles worms. It can lead to lung disease, heart failure, damage to other organs, and death. Heartworm disease is most common in canines. It can affect felines, but their systems do not host the parasite well so it is less common.

Heartworm disease is not contagious and is only spread through the bite of a mosquito. It’s detectable through blood tests, is treatable, and preventable.

• Two FDA approved injections administered into the back muscles
• 28-day broad spectrum antibiotic to help prep the body for
safe elimination of the heartworms
• Continued 30-day post injection treatment
• If untreated for a prolonged time, surgery is often the only answer

In 2022, over 1300 rescued canines were brought into ADL, 7.9% of which were heartworm positive. Of those, 7.3% received treatment in our care. That’s 103 canines! The average cost for a single treatment and follow-up medical care is $500. That translates to $51,500 per year.

The average cost for a single treatment is $500 but any contribution made can make the biggest difference.

Will you join us in the fight against Heartworms?

Now more than ever, ADL needs your support. Join the fight to save these precious lives by making a donation below.