Saving One Heart at a Time

Chelsea completed heartworm treatment and is now healthy and happy in her forever home.

Chelsea is the beautiful 2-year-old Border Collie mix pictured here. She was pulled into the Friends of the Animals (FOTABR) foster program from a local shelter late last year. Unfortunately, like many dogs in shelters, she was heartworm positive. Thanks to FOTABR, Chelsea found a wonderful new family and recently completed heartworm treatment!

FOTABR provided pre- and post-treatment medications, transportation to and from our vet, plus experienced support for Chelsea and her family. Her new family did their part by providing a loving home, crate rest and restricted activity during the 60 days of treatment. 

Last year we provided heartworm treatment for 92 pups at no cost to their new family. Those 92 dogs, like Chelsea, got a chance at a healthy life in a loving home. Our hope is that we will be able to continue treating every dog adopted at our FOTABR Adoption House. The total cost for treatment in 2018 was over $20,000. Unfortunately, that exceeded the grants from foundations and charitable organizations we received. We are asking for YOUR financial support to ensure that we are able to continue this important medical treatment program that is – “Saving One Heart at a Time”.

Our adopters tell us they love their new furry family member with ALL of their heart. Your contribution will allow their pup to love them back . . . with ALL of their heart! 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 4,000 dogs since our founding and our goal is to get at least 500 more pups adopted this year.

Our dogs need your help! Approximately 25% of the dogs adopted through our program are heartworm positive. FOTABR is not only committed to finding loving forever homes for every dog, but we also pay 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: use the enclosed self-addressed envelope or give online at Only with gifts from generous supporters like you are we able to treat heartworm positive dogs like sweet Chelsea.

From our hearts to yours—thank you!

Board of Directors

Friends of the Animals BR