Jonesboro animal shelter to fight heartworm disease with dog walk

Jonesboro animal shelter to fight heartworm disease with dog walk

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro animal rescue shelter is saving Region 8 dogs one step at a time.

A Love for Animals Rescue, Inc. is hosting a healthy heart dog walk at Craighead Forest Park at Pavilion 1 Saturday, Aug. 15 to raise money and awareness of heartworm disease. Registration opens at 9 a.m. and the walk should end around 3:30 p.m.

According to Theresa Johnson and Charolette Baker with ALFA, northeast Arkansas is one of the worst spots in the U.S. for heartworm disease.

Baker said about 90 percent of dogs that ALFA rescues have heartworms.

ALFA is currently treating about 20 of its 40 dogs for the disease at a cost of $200 per treatment per dog.

"That's an easy $2,000," said Baker. "It adds up quickly and every dog that comes in to us has to be tested, and more than likely, it's going to come up positive."

Johnson said many times rescue shelters are forced to put down heartworm-positive dogs because they do not have the funds to treat them.

"So by participating in the walk, you're saving dogs right here in northeast Arkansas," Johnson said. "They're all wonderful dogs. They deserve a chance, too."

To register for the run, visit the A Love for Animals website or show up at Craighead Forest Saturday at 9 a.m.

There will also be food, games and booths for the whole family.

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