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Suncoast Humane Society: Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The funds from this grant were used to treat heartworm disease in several dogs surrendered to Suncoast Humane Society’s animal care center as heartworm-positive.

This grant helped the Society save dogs who would have otherwise been too unhealthy to adopt out. Through the use of these grant funds, we are able to continue our mission to “reduce the number of homeless pets and improve the quality of life.”

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant provided treatment for five dogs with heartworm disease.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Awa, a 5-year-old basset hound mix, came to Suncoast Humane Society’s animal care center in September 2015 after being with her latest owner for just three months. Her previous owner’s son turned out to be allergic to Awa. Upon careful examination by trained Suncoast Humane Society staff, Awa tested positive for heartworm and began her treatment regimen to beat the life-threatening disease. Within four days after becoming adoptable, she met the human who would become her forever family. She went home to live with her new family on Nov. 17, 2015.

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