Sponsor a Dog
Hank's Heartworm Program
Hank’s program provides diagnosis and treatment for heartworm positive dogs coming into rescue, and provides necessary heartworm preventative for all SWESR dogs prior to their adoption. A devoted SWESR family created HHP in 2013 in memory of their beloved first English Setter. Their dog Hank came into rescue with severe HW disease and had to endure two treatment cycles. The program exists to honor Hank and all dogs who have needlessly suffered this highly preventable disease. At the deeply discounted fees charged by SWESR-associated Veterinarians, each course of treatment costs roughly $400 compared to a year’s prevention of $60. The drought in the Southwestern US has resulted in an increase in disease-carrying mosquitoes and SWESR must be ready to treat and prevent!
Medical Sponsors Needed!
Patch is a 14 year old boy who was rescued from a hunting ranch in TX. He has tested positive for Chagas and has other medical issues. Patch needs continual vet monitoring and care.
Cokie's Chagas Program
ELEVEN SWESR dogs diagnosed with Chagas in the last 11 months! Nine were rescued in Texas and two in Oklahoma. This was twice as many dogs as the previous year. SWESR’s goal is to promote awareness and expand our intake testing beyond Texas rescued dogs to include all Oklahoma rescued dogs. And as soon as testing is readily available, dogs in all states will be tested too.
The surge in Chagas cases comes at a real cost for our rescue. While expenses vary, it’s safe to say that we are spending on average $1,000 per positive dog on diagnosis, treatment and tests.
Given the growing prevalence of the disease and our location, it’s not surprising that Chagas has become a major challenge for SWESR. To learn more about Chagas, click here for our Chagas resource page.
SWESR's Furever Foster Program
Our Furever Foster program was created to support the needs of our long-term foster dogs that are not candidates for adoption due to age, disability and/or medical issues. We are so grateful to our volunteers that are willing to open their homes to a senior or hospice dogs for the remainder of the dog’s life.
SWESR supports our Furever Foster program by paying for all these dog’s expenses (vaccinations, medications for pain or comfort, heartworm prevention, flea prevention, food prescribed by a veterinarian, all surgeries recommended by our trusted vets, eventual euthanasia if necessary, and cremation).