Heartworm *POSITIVE – read thoroughly
YouTube video link: https://youtu.be/L94UvcWxyWk (watch til end… LOL)
FOR ADOPTION! Note: Only those with a responsible dog ownership history and excellent vet reference need apply.
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INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLY:
PLEASE read profile thoroughly BEFORE applying:
DOG APPLICATION LINK: http://www.roadtorescuela.org/dog-application
Intake date: 11/30/2023
Approx 3 years old
Adoption fee: $200, which includes vetting, microchip
Good with other dogs: yes
Cats: unknown – we do not have cats to be able to test
Vetting and other: altered (spayed/neutered), up-to-date on age-appropriate vaccinations, heartworm *POSITIVE, fecal negative, 6 month Proheart injection (heartworm prevention), professional groom, on monthly flea/tick prevention, microchipped
Health issues: heartworm *POSITIVE
Temperament: very sweet, funny, playful, responsive
Energy level: medium
Groom needs: High; requires regular professional grooming, along with intermittent brushing to avoid matting
Biography: Hammy came to us via a rescue-friend. He was found in Blanchard in the woods off of 169, eight months ago (we got the impression he was found recently but upon intake, the person wrote on our release form that she’d had him for 8 months). A rescue-friend asked if we could help and we said “yes”. She took him to Caddo Parish Animal Services so he could be entered into their system as a stray. We posted him as well and shared but no one ever came forward. He was very matted and looked nothing like he looks in this photo. We had him groomed by our groomer, Misty… and then he made his way to the vet after stray hold. Sadly, he is heartworm positive meaning that whoever had him before did not keep him on preventive. We’ve already kick-started him getting rid of those nasty parasites (read heartworm positive paragraph below). The people that picked him up indicated that they’ve tried to groom him themselves, but he wasn’t having it…. But again, our groomer had no issues. Some of the things we learned about him from his finder is that he is friendly, social… but can be a little timid and submissive as well. At night and when the finder was gone, he stayed in the bathroom on a doggie bed. He travels well and walks ok on a leash. He hides during bad weather. He loves attention and a lap. Since coming to the rescue, we have found that he does great in a kennel if needed, walks well on a leash and is a such a joy! When we released him from quarantine, he spotted another Yorkie… a female… and he walked up to her like “oh… you’re cute!” She ignored him but he followed her around trying to engage her in play. It was so cute… but every time I’d get my phone out to video it… he’d stop. Isn’t that always the case? Anyway, he’s a cute little toot and he’s waiting for his furever home!
*Heartworm POSITIVE: Don’t let heartworms discourage you from adopting a heartworm positive dog! We have tons of examples of dogs adopted and then ultimately testing heartworm negative following our instructions! HAMMY is on (or has completed) twice a day Doxycycline for 30 days, and he/she has received a 6 month Proheart injection. The Proheart injection releases heartworm prevention into their system continuously for 6 months as opposed to the MONTHLY pill which releases prevention only when first administered. Coupled with Doxycycline, the gentle kill (or slow-kill) method is a safer alternative to the harsh immiticide (arsenic) treatment. The Doxycycline kills bacteria, which heartworms thrive on, thus weakening the heartworms and eventually they will die off, but it could take months and possibly up to two years before (s)he will be heartworm free. The 6 month Proheart injection kills any heartworm larvae and sterilizes the adult heartworms so they no longer reproduce. While the “gentle kill” or “slow kill” method does take longer than traditional harsh veterinary treatment, we prefer this method because there is less risk, it is not as harsh on the dog and the dog does not have to be confined for up to two months during the treatment. We recommend the dog receives another 30 day course of Doxycycline when s(he) receives their next Proheart injection (6 months from the first injection). After one year, we recommend the dog be retested for heartworms. If positive, continue the Doxycycline every 6 months along with the Proheart injection. If negative, continue with regular heartworm prevention (Proheart injection or monthly pill or topical) just like you would do for any heartworm negative dog. If negative, discontinue the Doxycycline regimen. We do require that any interested adopters understand heartworms. They must also agree to continue our method of treatment or, if they wish, they can opt for traditional veterinary treatment; however they cannot choose to do nothing and we do require an agreement/contract be signed that the adopter will continue with a plan to rid him/her of the heartworms. We highly recommend that you discuss this with your veterinarian BEFORE applying (better yet, show this write-up to your vet) as some vets will ONLY do the traditional veterinary treatment... (which is poison). (Note: Heartworms are not contagious from dog-to-dog or by any other means OTHER THAN a bite from an infected mosquito. That is the only way dogs get heartworms and the only way to protect them is through prevention.)
*We do adopt out of state provided the adopter is willing and able to travel to us once approved. We do not ship or transport our animals and there is no exception to this rule.
*Most of our adoptable dogs are small, and they are never to be left outside alone, ever! We only rehome our dogs to adopters that plan to have them as inside dogs and part of the family! We do allow adopters with doggie doors, provided there is SECURE fencing. There is no exception to this rule!
*PREDATORS: IF THIS DOG IS UNDER 10 POUNDS, the dog is to be monitored and protected when outside at all times! PREDATOR-THREAT IS A REAL DANGER! For example, a hawk tried to pick up a Chihuahua owned by a friend visiting Ninna’s house… RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE VISITOR. Thankfully the visitor was watching the dog and the hawk was wrestled off of the Chihuahua but it did require an ER visit and she is was very lucky to survive. TAKE IT SERIOUSLY!
*NO SMALL CHILDREN!! As with almost all the dogs at NR2R, young children or a very active household is not recommended. Many of our dogs come to us BECAUSE of small children, thus we do not rehome our dogs to homes with babies or young children. KEEP THIS IN MIND IF YOU HAVE VISITING GRANDCHILDREN AS WELL! Even if the children are older, it would depend on the child AND the parent or parents.
*HOUSETRAINING: We do NOT guarantee that any of our adoptable dogs are housetrained. While most should be easily trained, keep in mind that they live in a rescue where they have access to the outdoors all day and are inside at night. Even if they were surrendered to us as housetrained, it doesn’t mean they will automatically be housetrained in your home. Housetraining them should be easy in the right home with time, patience, and consistency.
*KENNELING: We always recommend kenneling when you cannot supervise your dog. This helps with housetraining and any destructive tendencies until you get to know your knew addition.
*We do not guarantee the age, health or temperament of any of the dogs we rehome. Many of the dogs we take in come from animal control and rarely do we have histories and even when we do, many times the histories are inaccurate.
*Only adopters with a responsible dog ownership history and excellent vet reference need apply. If you bring this pet into your heart and home, you will receive in return many years of love, companionship, and loyalty. That’s our guarantee.
Other notes: This pet is available for adoption through Ninna’s Road to Rescue, Benton, La. We are 501c3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to rescue primarily small-breed dogs and to re-home them into RESPONSIBLE and CARING forever homes. DOG APPLICATION LINK: http://www.roadtorescuela.org/dog-application
Time may be of the essence if you are looking to adopt a specific animal. We do not reserve animals, unless and until we have approved your application, provided the animal is still available at the time we receive your application. The first APPROVED application we receive will be considered. We are NOT a first come, first serve rescue!! We adopt our rescues out to the RIGHT home, not just A home. Only responsible pet owners need apply.
Applying to adopt does NOT commit you to the adoption NOR does it guarantee the adoption.
CONTACT: Our adoptable pets are updated regularly, but if you want to check the availability of a pet... OR still have questions AFTER reading this profile, message us via our Facebook page. Please indicate the name when communicating with us.
On-line adoption application required. If approved and at adoption we require adoption agreement, spay/neuter contract for puppies/kittens - adoption fees vary from $85 for felines and $150-$250 for dogs (varying depending on age, health, behavior, etc.) Adopters must have responsible dog-ownership history and stellar vet reference if applying to adopt a dog and vice versa for cats.