Small buzzing, flying, annoying little insects....Mosquitoes! To us humans, they are a nuisance. But to our dogs, they can be DEADLY.

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in pets in the United States, transmitted by the every day mosquito. The only way a dog can be infected is through the bite of a mosquito and there's no way to tell if a mosquito is infected.

One third of the dogs that come into our county animal shelter are infected with heartworms. Heartworm disease is frightening to potential adopters and can hinder future adoptions of homeless dogs. Open admission, government funded shelters never have enough staff or funds to care for every animal that comes through their doors. There is a very real need to raise funds, cultivate partnerships, and acquire donations to fund the necessities our shelter needs that currently cannot be met within their current budget.

As a newly formed non-profit, we are dedicated to treating all heartworm positive dogs that enter the shelter through our Heal My Heart program. Since our inception a year ago, we are proud to report we have successfully treated 72 dogs who are now heartworm free and have found loving furever homes.

We are excited to be part of #GivingTuesday this year and contributions will go toward treating the ongoing epidemic of heartworm infected dogs.

Friends of Manatee County Animal Services