Penelope – Rescue for Adoption

Name: Penelope

Breed: American Bulldog

Age: approximately 2 years

UPDATE (March 2017):

Penelope is still at WagsInn and is desperately wishing to find her forever home. She loves her friends at Wags, but she would like her very own family to love. She loves people and kids, but needs to be in a one animal home. She was on her death bed when we found her, and is now fully recovered from heartworm and doing very well. She will receive your affection and will give lots back in return.


(Originally posted: May 2016) Penelope was found as a stray late winter starving and neglected, and was diagnosed with a severe case of heartworm. Fortunately, Penelope is responding well to treatment and was cared for by one of our wonderful foster families during the 10-day waiting period.

She is now at WagsInn patiently waiting for her new family. She is a sweet girl who loves to go on walks and lounge on the couch. Penelope will officially be available for adoption in a few months after she is completely cured from heartworm. It’s a long recovery process.

Come meet this big love bug to see if she could be your perfect match! Download the adoption application.


Heartworm Awareness Month

Heartworm AwarenessApril is heartworm awareness month. We find this very timely as our newest rescue Penelope was recently found as a stray, starving and neglected, and was diagnosed with a severe case of heartworm.


Penelope found in March

Heartworm disease is serious and potentially fatal. Infected mosquitoes carry heartworm. Dogs bitten by infected mosquitos transmit the parasitic worms. Once a dog is affected, foot-long worms live in the heart, lungs, and blood vessels. Depending on the class of heartworm, symptoms may include labored breathing, coughing, anemia, high blood pressure, exercise intolerance, fainting, and rapid heart beat. However, some dogs may have no symptoms.

Heartworm can be deadly if not discovered and treated properly, and often time’s treatment is difficult. It can cause severe lung disease, heart failure, and organ damage and can cost more than $1,000 for treatment. That’s why prevention is so important.


Actual heartworms

Just like you, pets need regular check-ups with their doctor. Make sure your dog gets yearly veterinary exams that include updated immunizations, parasite checks, and heartworm tests. It’s recommended that pet owners should give a heartworm preventative each month all year round. Some pet owners opt out of treating their dogs during the winter months. However, you never know when the first mosquito will emerge or the last mosquito will die, especially with the unpredictable weather we’ve seen in the last few years.

According to the FDA, Heartworm has been reported in dogs in all 50 states. Just because you live in colder climates, doesn’t mean your dog is safe. Heartworm disease is completely preventable. It’s much safer and cheaper than treating a case of heartworm disease.


Penelope today

Fortunately, Penelope is responding well to treatment and was cared for by one of our foster families during the 10-day wait period. Penelope is now at WagsInn and has a long road to recovery. It takes months to be fully cured from heartworm disease. Check back often to find out how Penelope is doing and when she will be ready for adoption.

For treatment options or questions, please contact your veterinarian.