The Beaufort County Animal Shelter will treat 18 dogs for heartworms disease with a $6,000 grant from the Animal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The dogs began a two-day treatment Friday and will go to Camp Green Dog and Evergreen Pet Lodge for recovery. They will go to the Hilton Head Humane Association to be adopted.
The ASPCA awarded the grant to the shelter because of animal shelter administrative tech Lindsey Edward's "Hearts on the Go" campaign, which sought to raise awareness that once a dog is treated for heartworms, the animal cannot be transported for six weeks. The animal must be kept in a quiet and calm area with very little exercise during this period.
"Unfortunately, 80 percent of the dogs over the age of two we receive at the shelter are heartworm positive, with the average cost of treatment being $350," county animal shelter director Tallulah Trice said. "This grant and teamwork between organizations really allow these dogs to have a future and be adopted into a new family."