Apparel - HAVE A HEART (fundrasing shirt for heartworm disease)
Heartworm disease and the treatment and prevention of it, is our biggest expense here at Villalobos Rescue Center. When taking in new dogs whether strays or owner give-ups, 99% of the dogs we take in have heartworm. The treatment is extremely costly and is quite a lengthy process before a dog can even be considered up for adoption. Once a dog comes through our gates and is under heartworm treatment, they cannot even be considered up for adoption for a minimum of 4-6 months.
Featured on this design is "Superman" who not only came to us heavy heartworm positive but ended up going into what is called "caval" which is an advanced stage of the disease and he went into heart failure. With only minutes to spare, he went into emergency surgery where 171 worms were extracted from his main artery in order for the blood to be able to pass through to his heart again.
The cost to deal with heartworm is crippling to us but we have no choice but to go to battle against it, in order to save these dogs and get them into forever homes. Purchasing one of these shirts will help offset the costs of battling this horrific yet preventable disease. If only dog owners would do the responsible thing and for mere dollars per month, they could've prevented so much pain and suffering for Man's Best Friend. Now it is up to us and with your support, to help the dogs who are suffering from this.