I have created a new career for myself in retirement as an animal advocate. I
write articles to create awareness of shelter pets.

Treating heartworm can be complicated. But it's
possible!

Treating heartworm can be complicated. But it’s possible!

Rodion Kutsaev

New Creative Kennel Area for Heartworm Residents

The Manatee County Animal Services shelter in Palmetto, Florida, launched a
new kennel area at the shelter to help dogs that are heartworm positive.
Heartworm treatment is stressful for dogs, and it is not always possible to
treat dogs that are residents of a noisy shelter.

The shelter management, along with dedicated volunteers, created a new kennel
area to house dogs that are receiving treatment. This area is separated from
the general population and is somewhat more peaceful for these dogs while they
are receiving treatment and waiting for their forever homes.

The Heartworm Hotel was opened on February 17, 2017, and at the time of its
opening, had 9 residents that were receiving treatment and waiting to be
fostered or adopted. Volunteers have a separate area to walk these dogs.
Potential pet parents are encouraged to visit these residents at the shelter’s
Heartworm Hotel to find a loving dog to foster or adopt.

Heartworm Hotel Offers a Quiet Area for Treatment at the
Shelter.

Heartworm Hotel Offers a Quiet Area for Treatment at the
Shelter.

Priscilla is one of the beneficiaries of heartworm treatment and a resident
of the Heartworm Hotel

Current residents of new Heartworm Hotel

Heartworm Hotel Offers a Quiet Area for Treatment at the Shelter.

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New Volunteer Group Partners With Shelter to Provide Heartworm Treatment

A new volunteer group, Friends of Manatee County Animal Services, partnered
with the shelter to provide funds and other medical services for treating
heartworms. This volunteer group was formed in December of 2016 and replaced
The Animal Network, Inc. group as the primary source of funding for heartworm
treatment.

The group’s program is called “Heal My Heart” and has been successful in
raising funds for this important work to continue. Potential pet parents who
adopt a dog that is heartworm positive are not required to pay for the
treatment. Treatment is paid for by Friends of Manatee County Animal Services.
Dogs may also be fostered during treatment and all supplies are provided. All
that a loving home needs to provide is a quiet crate and love.

Life-Saving Work for Shelter Dogs via the "Heal My Heart" program.

Life-Saving Work for Shelter Dogs via the "Heal My Heart" program.

Volunteers are welcome

Life-Saving Work for Shelter Dogs via the “Heal My Heart” program.

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Nobody’s Pets Are Everybody’s Pets: Please Donate, Volunteer, and Adopt

The Heartworm Hotel for dogs at the Manatee County Animal Services shelter is
just one of the innovative programs that are being developed by the dream team
management and volunteer groups that partner with the shelter. There are
numerous opportunities for the Bradenton area communities to volunteer at the
shelter.

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Dog walkers are needed and extra walkers for Saturdays are greatly needed. The
shelter periodically holds orientations for interested persons. Interested
animal lovers who wish to make a difference for these animals may sign up with
the included link at the bottom of the article.

Shelter in Palmetto, Florida, is on the move with creative
programs.

Shelter in Palmetto, Florida, is on the move with creative
programs.

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Shelter in Palmetto, Florida, is on the move with creative programs.

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A Dog That Taught Me the Meaning of Animal Activism

I learned about this shelter almost four years ago. I encountered the eyes of
this dog one day on the FaceBook page of Manatee County Animal Services
shelter. Volunteers were having difficulty finding a home for this dog. The
eyes of a dog are very powerful. I decided to help and put together a team to
make a video of a new evaluation for this particular dog. This extra effort
was successful and an awesome family stepped up at the 11th hour to give this
dog an awesome home. The family recently lost their beloved dog to problems
that came with age, but they gave him two years of life that were very
special.

This dog will forever provide me with power to help this shelter in any way
that I can.

Dedicated to Konig: The dog that continues to provide me with hope for all
dogs at MCAS.

Dedicated to Konig: The dog that continues to provide me with hope for all
dogs at MCAS.

Photo shared from family

© 2017 Cindy Hewitt

Comments

Cindy Hewitt (author) from Sarasota on March 06, 2017:

Another update: If anyone is interested in fostering, please visit the Face
Book page Furry Friends of MCAS and send a message. Messages are closely
monitored and responded to promptly. Fostering saves lives. All that a foster
pet parent needs to supply is lot of love and a quiet kennel. Treats and toys
would be appreciated also.

Cindy Hewitt (author) from Sarasota on March 06, 2017:

Happy update from the shelter: all 10 of the first dogs to be placed in the
new Heartworm Hotel have received their first treatment. The doggie
Gingerbread has been adopted with great pet parents. Approximately 1/3 of the
dogs at the shelter have heartworms and there is much work to be done.