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  • 1.  How do you handle heartworm treatment for dogs that go to foster?

    Posted 02-24-2022 08:01 AM
    Hi all- so we have NOT been starting heartworm treatment (except for a proheart shot) before HW positive dogs go to foster because we were finding that dogs were getting adopted during the  30-day doxy administration and the foster wouldn't bring the remaining meds back or we didn't know how much was given etc. But for dogs that stay in foster for longer, we really want to get that treatment going.

    We are thinking of saying after the dog has been in foster a month, we are going to revisit why adoption hasn't happened, and then start doxy at that time to get the ball rolling.

    How do other organizations handle HW treatment in foster homes? Do you have SOPs you can share?

    Alexis Pugh
    Director, Memphis Animal Services

    Organizational Management
    & Pet Support Services Specialist

  • 2.  RE: How do you handle heartworm treatment for dogs that go to foster?

    Posted 03-11-2022 12:47 PM
    Hi Alexis I have attached the heartworm treatment protocol we utilize for our dogs going through heartworm treatment, and when our foster team speaks with the foster we go into detail as to the requirements from the foster needed to complete the heartworm treatment process and what information to pass along to the adopters. Our adoptions team also relays the details or stage of treatment the pet is in to the adopter to ensure the adopter understands as well.  The second document is a form we use when placing all of our animals on medications we send a copy with the foster and keep the original so that our teams can keep a general track of when the medication should be finished. We are able to treat in house for heartworms so we also pre schedule their heartworm injections based on the estimated time the pet should be finished with meds. I hope this information is helpful.

    Auriana Brown
    Placement Manager
    LifeLine Animal Project
    Atlanta, GA

    Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice and
    Pet Support Services Specialist