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Giving dogs with heartworm another chance at life

Rhino is one of the success stories out of the Heartworm Heroes program, in Grants Pass, Oregon, on Monday, March 13th, 2017 (KTVL/Ariana Rakhshani).

GRANTS PASS, Ore.-- Southern Oregon has some of the highest numbers of dogs with heartworm. That is according to the Josephine County Animal Shelter.

The Josephine County Animal Shelter said in the past, it would have to euthanize the dogs. Now, there is a new program that is giving these dogs a second chance at life.

The shelter teamed up with the non-profit Shelter Friends to create Heartworm Heroes. This program helps raise money and pay for the costly treatments. It also helps find foster families to take care of the dogs while they undergo treatment.

"This program offers an option where there previously were none," Laura Milnes with the shelter said. "This is helping save lives of these animals who are healthy and have the potential to live a healthy life again."

The disease is easily preventable. For more information on heartworm, click here.

To help the Heartworm Heroes program, you can donate online, or also find out more information on ways you can donate by clicking here.


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