Society management

Launch of the Help a Dog’s Heart program by the Coastal Humane Society and the Outer Banks Community Foundation

(from left to right):
Ginny Flowers, Vice President, Coastal Humane Society, Scout Schillings, Grants Manager, Outer Banks Community Foundation
Chris Sawin, Executive Director, Outer Banks Community Foundation, Patti Bourexis, President, Coastal Humane Society

The Coastal Humane Society is delighted to announce that a generous grant of $5,000 has been awarded by the Outer Banks Community Foundation to fund our new program. Help a dog’s heart. This program will provide free heartworm testing at our 2022-2023 vaccination clinics and offer assistance with heartworm prevention medication and treatment.

Heartworms are parasitic roundworms that are spread from host to host through mosquito bites. It is a potentially fatal disease. Heartworms that live inside the host animal, mature, mate and produce offspring. The longer the animal goes without treatment, the higher the number of heartworms and the more difficult and expensive it is to treat it. Heartworm can cause lasting damage to a dog’s heart, lungs and arteries, affecting their health and quality of life. Prevention is the best option, but if a dog is infected, early detection is essential to ensure a better outcome.

Help a dog’s heart launched on September 11e at our first fall vaccination clinic. Thirty-eight dogs received a free heartworm test. Fortunately, all of them tested negative! If your dog has not had a heartworm test in over a year, plan to attend our next vaccination clinics. Follow us on FaceBook for clinic details.

The Coastal Humane Society has helped over 10,000 OBX pets and their families since 1997 by providing low-cost pet vaccines, assisting owners with financial assistance for neutering and neutering, and medical care for pets. urgent or expensive. Visit our website for more information about our programs and services or to make a tax-deductible donation (obxcoastalhumanesociety.org).