Thousands of homeless dogs enter the Montgomery County, Texas, shelter system every year, and up to 40% of them are heartworm positive. A heartworm positive dog is 75% less likely to be adopted than a heartworm negative dog. The Heartworm Foundation’s mission is to remove heartworms as a barrier to adoption for dogs from Montgomery County animal shelters by working with adopters and other nonprofit rescues to supply treatment. Since their inception, hundreds of dogs have been successfully treated for heartworms and went on to find loving, forever homes.
Currently dogs that are heartworm positive in Montgomery County, Texas, qualify for treatment through The Heartworm Foundation after they have been in the shelter for 30 days. The Grey Muzzle grant will allow The Heartworm Foundation to offer a seniors program that waives the 30-day wait period for dogs seven years and older. Their aim is to help heartworm-positive senior dogs get healthy and find happy, loving homes as quickly as possible.