A Letter to the Tallahassee Animal Shelter Foundation

(Note: The Tallahassee ASF sponsors a program to help heartworm-positive dogs find homes. The foundation pays the cost of the Immiticide injection, which kills the adult heartworms but is very expensive.)

Dear Tallahassee ASF:

Let me tell you about my dog Lucius.

Lucius is a 4.5-year-old chocolate lab. He was picked up by Animal Control on May 11, 2013. He weighed 43 pounds, was un-neutered, covered in ticks, and was tapeworm and heartworm positive. A later x-ray revealed that he has shotgun pellets embedded in his side. He was a mess.

My husband, son, and I visited the animal shelter on May 18 and immediately fell in love with the dog. When we took him out to a “meet and greet” area, he walked over and put his head in my lap right away. After some discussion with the staff about heartworm treatment and costs, we decided to adopt him. Good thing we did – while we were standing at the counter, four other families called to inquire about Lucius!

Lucius went for an evaluation on May 21, 2013 at Northampton Animal Health, and we started him on their heartworm protocol. I’m happy to report that as of July 16, Lucius is heartworm free! He’s also tapeworm free, tick free, and weighs a healthy 68 lbs. He’s made himself right at home in our family – we have three children, a blind Boston Terrier, and a talkative orange cat (both of whom also came from the shelter).

Lucius is such a sweet dog, and we are grateful to have him. Thank you so much for your Heartworm Voucher program. It was a big incentive for us to proceed with adopting him.

Thanks again,
Windy Taylor



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