What does "Heal a Heart" mean?
REDCOLLAR RESCUE primarily rescues dogs who are on "Death Row" at shelters. City-run shelters do not have the resources to provide medical care to sick or injured animals. One reason that a dog may be put down at a shelter is that the dog may test positive for heartworms.
Heartworms are parasites similar to intestinal worms except they reside in the heart. Heartworms are spread between animals through mosquito bites and so there is risk of infection year-round in the South. Treatment of a
heartworm infection is complicated and more expensive, however today's treatment methods are also very effective and so thankfully a heartworm infection is by no means a death sentence!
REDCOLLAR RESCUE utilizes two courses of treatment - often called "fast kill" and "slow kill" methods - under the direction of our veterinarians.
Proceeds from our February Heal a Heart campaign will go towards medication and shelter for our adoptable dogs who are currently undergoing heartworm treatment. Slow kill treatments range from $150-300 per pet and fast kill treatments start about $500 and can exceed $1000 in some cases.