BC2A HW+ Project
BC2A is focused on funding the treatment of heartworm positive (HW+) homeless dogs. Bc2A's HW+ Project offers sponsorship to cover the cost of heartworm treatment for homeless dogs in an effort to encourage rescue groups and adopters to save HW+ urgent dogs and to ease the financial strain of those who rescue the infected dogs.
Our goal is to give HW+ dogs a second chance at life. Our heartworm treatment sponsorship meets a huge need in the rescue community. Treating the disease can be expensive, therefore many Rescue Groups limit the number of heartworm positive (HW+) dogs they pull from animal control or refuse to pull HW+ dogs all together. HW+ dogs who end up at animal control are often placed on the euthanasia list because of the cost to treat the disease. The cost is based on the size of the dog and can range between $400 - $1200. With your help, we can give thousands of dogs a second chance to live healthy and happy lives. Donate today to help us fund the HW+ Project >
The Truth About Heartworm Disease
Heartworm disease is a serious disease that results in severe lung disease, heart failure, other organ damage, and death in pets, mainly dogs. The disease is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. One bite from an infected mosquito with the heartworm larvae will infect a dog with heartworm disease. The worms lodge in the heart, lungs, and surrounding blood vessels and begin reproducing. Adult worms can grow up to 12 inches in length, can live 5-7 years, and a dog can have as many as 250 worms in its system. There is no way to tell if a mosquito is infected, this is why prevention is so important.
In the United States, heartworm disease is most common along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts from the Gulf of Mexico to New Jersey and along the Mississippi River and its major tributaries, but it has been reported in dogs in all 50 states. Most recent studies show that Atlanta is the #1 city in the country for mosquito infestations. The state of Georgia is #8 in the US for heartworm incidence. The American Heartworm Society estimates that only 37% of dogs in the US are currently on a heartworm preventative, leaving over 27 million dogs at risk of contracting the disease.
BC2A's HW+ Project Initiative's goal is to fund the treatment of heartworm positive (HW+) homeless dogs and to give HW+ dogs a second chance at life. We also aim to ease the financial burden of Rescue Groups and Adopters who might not be able to afford the treatment. Please consider supporting our initiative by becoming a one time donor or a monthly donor.
Thea - HW+
Thea was found as a stray in North Georgia. Thea was heartworm. After she gained the necessary weight, she received the heartworm treatment.