Adopt a heartworm-positive dog for just $5 through Harris County Animal Shelter’s Heal-a-Heart program.

Meghan Overdeep
February 13, 2019

This Valentine’s Day, one Houston animal shelter is determined to take the pain out of healing a broken heart.  

For the month of February, you can adopt a heartworm-positive dog for just $5 through Harris County Animal Shelter’s Heal-a-Heart program. The pawsome promotion includes free heartworm treatment (a $500 value), spay or neuter, vaccines, microchip and a one-year pet license. The goal is to give these dogs an increased chance at a new home—and a stronger heart along the way.

Despite its scary name, most dogs treated for heartworm disease go on to lead happy, healthy and normal lives.

Heartworms are a parasite spread by mosquitoes that are contagious neither to humans nor other dogs. Unfortunately, Texas’ warm, moist climate leads to very high rates of the condition in Lone State pups. The cost associated with treating the disease leads many adopters to pass up otherwise wonderful heartworm-positive dogs, causing Texas shelters to fill up with these pups as they await treatment.

The heartworm treatment is completely funded by donations. You can contribute to helping a heartworm-positive dog through the Heal-a-Heart program here.