Saving One Heart at a Time

                                  Saving One Heart at a Time: Can You Help?

September 1, 2022

Rosalina, the happy 6-year-old Pit Bull mix pictured here, was pulled into the Friends of the Animals Baton Rouge (FOTABR) foster program from a local shelter last year. Unfortunately, like many dogs in shelters, she was heartworm positive. Thanks to FOTABR, Rosalina (Rosie to her friends) found a wonderful new family after completing heartworm treatment while in foster care!

FOTABR provided pre- and post-treatment medication, transportation to and from our vet, plus experienced support for Rosalina and her foster family. Her foster family did their part by providing a loving home, crate rest, and restricted activity during 60 days of treatment so she could begin her new life with her new family heartworm free.

Last year, we provided heartworm treatment for 120 pups at no cost to their new families. Like Rosalina, those 120 dogs each got a chance for a healthy life in a loving home. Our hope is to continue treating every dog adopted at our FOTABR Adoption House. The total cost for treatment in 2021 was almost $37,000. Unfortunately, that exceeded the grants from foundations and charitable organizations we received. We are asking for YOUR financial support to ensure that we can continue this important medical treatment program that is “Saving One Heart at a Time.”

Our adopters love their new furry family members with ALL of their hearts. Your contribution will allow their pups to love them back with ALL of their hearts! Please consider making a tax-deductible donation from your heart to continue this worthwhile program.

FOTABR began in January of 2010 as a non-profit 501(c)(3). The dogs taken into the FOTA program are from local shelters. We have found homes for over 7,000 dogs since our founding, and our goal is to get at least 500 more pups adopted this year. Heartworm treatment is an important part of our mission.

Our dogs need your help! Approximately 25% of the dogs adopted through our program are heartworm positive. FOTABR is committed not only to finding loving forever homes for every dog, but also paying for the heartworm treatment needed for each dog to lead a healthy, heartworm-free life.

If you would like to contribute to our lifesaving efforts during this “Saving One Heart at a Time” campaign, it’s easy: give online at You can also donate with Venmo at @FOTA_BR (put a heart in the comment). Only with gifts from generous supporters like you are we able to treat heartworm positive dogs like sweet Rosalina.

From our heart to yours—thank you!

Board of Directors
Friends of the Animals BR
P.O. Box 14871
Baton Rouge, LA 70898