The Esther Honey Foundation is the first 501 (c) (3) international organization to work exclusively to control animal populations on island
Help the dogs of Rarotonga
- $720.00 donated
- 18 generous donors
Raising money for the Heartworm Programme for dogs in Rarotonga, on behalf of the Esther Honey Foundation.
The animal welfare foundation Esther Honey has been overwhelmed with people wanting their dogs checked for heartworm.
As many as half the dogs on Rarotonga could be affected with the disease.
Heartworm, passed on through mosquito bites, is fatal if left untreated.
Esther Honey’s Jo Taylor-Kupu says the clinic has been overwhelmed by the demand for blood tests to see if dogs have heartworm.
Taylor-Kupu says the clinic is really happy to do the tests for people as “it’s a nasty death for any animal and one we don’t want to see”.
The fastest way to find out if a dog has the disease is known as a Snap test, but they are expensive to buy in.
“We do not have the funds available to buy any more Snap tests – and especially wholesale where you must purchase a minimum amount – so we are looking for a sponsor that would come on board to help fund this great project.
“The advantage to whoever will sponsor it is that you will have your name on our banner and all other material to with this.
“We are looking for $1500–$2000, which would buy enough Snap tests to get us making a big dent in covering the dog population.
“People are asked to pay for the tests, which means that money would go straight back into restocking the supply.”
Taylor-Kupu says heartworm is serious and “while we cannot be rid of the mosquito that causes it, we can identify the dogs that have it and offer treatment. For dogs that don’t have it we can start them on preventative treatment”.
Here's Esther Honey's webpage: http://estherhoney.org
Here's an article from the Cook Islands News: http://www.cookislandsnews.com/national/local/item/63319-island-dogs-fall-victim-to-horrible-disease/63319-island-dogs-fall-victim-to-horrible-disease
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