The Plankton Fund, benefiting heartworm positive dogs at Cleveland Animal Care and Control was established by Friends of the Cleveland Kennel in 2014 in memory of a dog named Plankton. He arrived at CACC suffering from late stage heartworm disease.
This fund provides grants for the life saving treatment for heartworm positive dogs so that no dog suffers like Plankton, but instead gets the help they need.
The annual Holiday Hops for Hearts fundraiser held on Giving Tuesday has raised over $65,000 in the past five years providing treatment for over 140 heartworm positive dogs from CACC.
Friends of CITY DOGS Cleveland is dedicated to continue funding this life saving program.
Rescue organizations may click on this link to apply for funds to treat heart worm disease. Rescue Sponsorship Agreement
The beloved Plankton will always be in our hearts.
Madam Bovary was the first dog to receive the life saving heartworm treatment at Cleveland Animal Care and Control!
Before May 2019, all dogs that tested positive for heartworm disease at the Cleveland kennel had to wait until they were taken in by a rescue organization to receive their life saving treatments. These rescue organizations were able to apply for the Plankton Fund to help with the costs of treatment.
Since the opening of the new Cleveland Kennel, 42 dogs have been able to be treated for heart worm disease and adopted into loving homes!
Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in pets in the United States and many other parts of the world. It is caused by foot-long worms that live in the heart, lungs, and associated blood vessels of affected pets, causing severe lung disease, heart failure, and damage to other organs in the body.