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Shelter Launches New and Creative Kennel Area to Help With Heartworm Treatment

Updated on March 7, 2017
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New Creative Kennel Area for Heartworm Residents

The Manatee County Animal Services shelter in Palmetto, Florida is excited to launch its new kennel area at the shelter to help with 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, has 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 currently has 9 residents that are 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

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Creative kennel area for treating dogs with heartwormsPriscilla is one of the beneficiaries of heartworm treatment and a resident of the Heartworm HotelCurrent residents of new Heartworm Hotel
Creative kennel area for treating dogs with heartworms
Creative kennel area for treating dogs with heartworms | Source
Priscilla is one of the beneficiaries of heartworm treatment and a resident of the Heartworm Hotel
Priscilla is one of the beneficiaries of heartworm treatment and a resident of the Heartworm Hotel | Source
Current residents of new Heartworm Hotel
Current residents of new Heartworm Hotel | Source

New Volunteer Group Partners With Shelter to Provide Heartworm Treatment

A new volunteer group, Friends of Manatee County Animal Services, now partners with the shelter to provide funds and other medical services for treating heartworms. This volunteer group was formed in December of 2016 and replaces 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. The group's FaceBook page also provides valuable information about supplies that are needed for the shelter residents. Animal lovers may visit the social media page at FOMCAS (Friends of Manatee County Animal Services) to find information about donations and volunteer opportunities. Potential pet parents are also encouraged to visit and "Like" the page to help with this new group. 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

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"Heal My Heart" program Volunteers are welcome
"Heal My Heart" program
"Heal My Heart" program | Source
Volunteers are welcome
Volunteers are welcome

Nobody's Pets are Everybody's Pets. Please Donate, Volunteer, and Adopt

The new 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. 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 at https://wwwmymanatee.org/home/government/departments/public-safety/animal-services/volunteer.html. A comprehensive list of volunteer opportunities is featured on this link.

Donations are also appreciated and the shelter has a Wish List on Amazon that is very convenient for use by animal lovers who wish to donate. Friends and Florida snowbird residents are welcome to spread the word for using this convenient method of donating. You can use the items on this wish list to guide you in your donations.

Shelter in Palmetto, Florida is On the Move with Creative Programs

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Volunteer, Donate, Adopt
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Dedicated to 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 in 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
The dog that continues to provide me with hope for all dogs at MCAS | Source

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      Cindy Hewitt 5 months ago from Sarasota

      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.

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      Cindy Hewitt 5 months ago from Sarasota

      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.