When the old proverb once stated, ” A picture is worth a thousand words,” could the image of a dog waiting patiently on a discarded couch just convince anyone the pooch is waiting for his family to come home? Was it the couch from the dog’s home, and did the faint smells of his former family bring him comfort?
On Wednesday, Detroit Dog Rescue had been tipped off about Potato. (the dog’s new name short for “Couch Potato”) And there he was – an abandoned dog gently sleeping on an abandoned couch in Detroit trying to catch some of the sun’s warm afternoon rays. Although Potato has been rescued and is safe from anymore harm, he will need a lot of care before he can be ready for adoption. At his veterinarian examination, Potato was diagnosed with advanced heartworm disease, and if not treated, he will slowly die.
Heartworm infestation is an expensive disease to treat because of the time and the cost of the drugs used. According to the organization’s Facebook page, the average cost to treat heartworms is $1,200 per dog, not including chest x-rays, blood work and medical boarding while undergoing treatment. Factor in that Couch Potato also suffers from parasites, an ear infection and other conditions, his rehabilitation costs can be expected to exceed $3,000. Unfortunately, many dogs entering city shelters are euthanized because of the expense to treat them.
At Detroit Dog Rescue, the staff finds the resources to treat heartworms. Although it’s not easy, they don’t feel dogs should die, because of a treatable disease.
Want to help Couch ? Please donate at DetroitDogRescue.com/donate.
Since its inception, the group has helped more than 5,000 dogs through its vaccination clinics, rehabilitation and adoption services.
Get well soon sweet pup. You are one of the lucky ones!
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