With our mission comes a heart. A heart that beats and a heart that breaks for every innocent animal that finds itself in peril at our local Jefferson Parish Animal Shelters. With each precious life saved, that same heart rejoices. A dog's eyes are the windows to his heart and soul. They somehow communicate what cannot be spoken. All too often, a shelter dog’s eyes portray tales of previous betrayal, hardship, and solitude. Unfortunately, these misfortunes also equate to a lack of awareness and care in the form of the preventable heartworm disease. A view into the soulful eyes of a shelter dog with heartworms often captivates and reveals a perfectly tempered companion, undeservingly failed by mankind, yet still fortified by the virtue of hope. But the Jefferson SPCA feels that heartworm status does not make a dog less deserving of a second chance at a promising future. We have vowed to treat every heartworm positive dog adopted through the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter at no cost to the adoptive family. It is the gift of health and therefore, the gift of life.
This is Tilly, a sweet Rat Terrier about 9 years old, completely devoted to her family, human and furry alike. Tilly was one of those dogs who found herself at the Jefferson Parish West Bank shelter through no fault of her own. It seems her human passed away and no one was willing to keep Tilly and her other 3 furry companions so they were surrendered to the shelter. The other three were adopted quickly but being heartworm positive and a little older, Tilly's chances for adoption were limited. One of the animal care technicians asked me to foster Tilly through treatment with the intention of adopting her to some lucky person to share a lifetime of happiness with. Tilly apparently had other ideas pretty quickly upon entering our lives. After some adjusting, she fit right in with our 2 beagles, Murphy and Freckles (who is a tripawed), both rescues and seniors. Now, almost 2 years later, we can't remember what life was like before she came along. Without the JSPCA heartworm treatment program, we would have never been able to foster and adopt Tilly and her life would have been cut short. So please donate to our fundraiser to help more dogs like Tilly go on to caring families for long happy lives.
Please support what keeps the heart of the Jefferson SPCA beating and consider joining our team to walk with us or creating your own for the cause of heartworm awareness. Your generosity will aid in our ability to continue to treat heartworm positive dogs adopted from the shelters in Jefferson Parish. Together, united as one, we can successfully achieve our mission of saving lives.