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Jacksonville, FL 32204

April is Heartworm Awareness Month!


April is Heartworm Awareness Month!

Amy Samson

Each year, FOJA likes to remind everyone that April is Heartworm Awareness Month and of the importance of heartworm prevention.  Throughout April, we will be posting information regarding heartworm disease, treatment, and, more importantly, how to PREVENT heartworm disease.  A large part of your donations to FOJA goes toward purchasing Immiticide which is used in the treatment of heartworm-positive dogs that enter the shelter system. These dogs are treated through either in-house treatment at the shelter or through an adopter assistance program with seven participating veterinary practices throughout the Jacksonville area. To date, FOJA has helped to treat over 2,100 dogs thanks to your generous donations!  FOJA’s mission is and will always be to do anything we can to get these infected dogs treated so they can move on to a healthy and happy life.  With wonderful supporters like you, we are able accomplish this.  As always, thank you to all our very generous donors for being a part of Team FOJA!

Did you know …
A single dog can be infected with as many as 250 heartworms
A heartworm can live up to seven years inside a dog
A heartworm can live up to three years inside a cat

Approximately 30% of the dogs that come through Jacksonville's Animal Care and Protective Services each year are heartworm positive. Your donations allow us to provide treatment opportunities to shelter dogs making them healthy and more adoptable. Please help us continue our mission of treating heartworm positive shelter dogs and educating the public on this deadly, but preventable disease. Your donation saves lives!