Help Acadiana Animal Aid "Heal a Heart" for heartworm prevention

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Posted at 8:19 AM, Feb 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-10 09:19:21-05

Valentine's Day is nearly upon us, and Animal Aid is hoping Acadiana will share their love with a few four-legged friends this year.

As a part of their "Heal A Heart" fundraiser, Acadiana Animal Aid will be taking donations to help treat dogs with heartworm disease.

Director Heidi Paterson Joined GMA on Monday to share more about the fundraiser.

Paterson says that 70 to 75 percent of the adult dogs that are taken into the shelter are heartworm positive when they arrive.

And unlike other shelters, Animal Aid provides treatments for each dog. Paterson says that medication can run up to $200 dollars and that those funds don't include staff fees and testing.

A part of their focus is to make sure that pet owners help prevent heartworm disease in their own pets.

Whether they spend all their time outside or only occasionally leave the home, Animal Aid asks that dog owners ensure their pets are protected.

Without treatment, heartworm disease can lead to death.

For those interested in donating, head to The Animal Aid Facebook Page also has information on how to donate.