Orphan, the dog who was thrown-away, has overcome so much. Now he needs your help to beat heartworms and live to love another day.
Orphan was a throw-away dog. This sweet American Pit Bull Terrier was literally thrown away by his previous owners and came crying to a house where he was able to find shelter and love. When he first found his new mom, he was almost hairless and had an open cut on his back that required treatment. His ears had been notched, which may be an indication of a sad history involving dog-fighting. His owner has proudly “fattened him up” and just used her only savings to have him neutered. Unfortunately, he tested heartworm positive and now needs treatment to eradicate the heartworms.
We do not typically take heartworm cases because they are preventable and rarely get to the level where this type of treatment is needed. But, with Orphan’s unique history, it makes sense that this would sneak up on his adoptive mom. Orphan is lucky to be alive, and we couldn’t let him die of such a preventable problem.
Orphan’s treatment involves multiple phases of heartworm treatment followed by blood work to see how the treatment is progressing. Each treatment costs about $250, including an overnight stay at the hospital. We’re hopeful that Orphan will have a clean bill of health in a few month’s time.
Please donate toward Orphan's care today.
Unfortunately, we got the results back from the vet and the heart-worms are not completely gone yet. He's going back for another treatment next month. The vet is optimistic that this will be the last treatment. This poor dog really had them bad. He is generally doing worlds better in his new home. His ribs arent showing anymore and he is just a ball of love.
You can see how excellent he's doing here:
Orphan is home after two nights in the hospital. How lovely that sentence is: "Orphan is home." Orphan has a home where he is loved and well-fed. We'll find out soon if this last treatment eradicated the heart-worms.
For The Love of Alex Inc is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides emergency funding for urgent and lifesaving care of pets of low-income families.