All that we can do

Smurf, a gentle giant
Smurf, a gentle giant

Yesterday was a difficult day. First thing in the morning, I received a call from one of our SPCA fosters, her foster dog Smurf had died during the night. She was devastated. Smurf was a gentle giant who was heart worm positive. Later in the day, I found out that Windy died during a surgical procedure to amputate her fractured leg. Windy was a tiny little thing, also heart worm positive. Both dogs came to us at the shelter with a lot of issues. . . malnourished, underweight, broken, neglected. We tried to fix them, but they were both already too far gone. They are still success stories though. Each dog, the gentle giant and the tiny tot, spent time being loved and cherished before they died. They left their worlds of abandonment, neglect, and abuse and knew the kind touch of a gentle hand. They spent their last nights on soft beds with full tummies. Sometimes this is all that we can do, but it is enough.Windy
Over half the dogs who come to us are heart worm positive. It doesn’t have to be that way. Heart worms are easy and relatively inexpensive to prevent. However, they are difficult and expensive to treat, and fatal if not treated. Please make sure all of your own dogs are on year-round, monthly heart worm preventative. Then, educate your friends and family.
We have a lot of dogs at the shelter waiting for heart worm treatments. If the heart worm disease progresses while they wait for their treatments, they could become too advanced in their disease to be candidates for treatment. This means heart worm disease will kill them. . . it’s not a matter of if; it’s a matter of when. We only have three local veterinary hospitals who offer discounted heart worm treatments to our shelter pets: Freeport Veterinary Medical Center, Pecan Acres Pet Care, and VCA Lake Jackson Animal Hospital.
What can you do to help?
1. Donate. Heart worm treatments cost anywhere from $125 for a dog Windy’s size up to $500 for a dog Smurf’s size. Most of our shelter dogs who need treatment are in the $300-$400 range. You can sponsor all or a part of a heart worm treatment by mailing or dropping off a check to SPCA-BC at 141 Canna Lane, Lake Jackson, Texas 77566 or donate online at http://www.spcabc.org. Please note your donation for “heart worm treatments.”
2. Foster. We need our dogs out of the shelter while they are treated. Typically a heart worm treatment requires kennel rest for about a month. Your foster dog will need to live inside with your family while he/she recovers.
3. Adopt. All of our heart worm positive dogs are available for adoption. As soon as your new pet goes home, he/she can begin treatment.
4. Thank the veterinarians who offer the discounted treatments for us. This is significantly less than the “normal” price for heart worm treatments. They do this out of love to help us save lives, so please let them know that you appreciate what they do to help our shelter pets, who so desperately need homes.
5. Spread the word. Let your friends and family know that these amazing animals need help. Make sure people are aware of how important it is to keep your pets protected from heart worm disease.
Smurf and Windy, thank you for letting us love you for the very short time that you were here. Your lives mattered. Rest in peace, sweet angels.

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