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Shelter Educational Brochures

Recognizing that policies on heartworm testing and treatment of dogs and cats up for adoption differ among shelters and that not all animal shelters have the financial resources to test and treat heartworm disease, the Heartworm Disease Resource Task Force, a collaboration between AHS and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV), has produced a series of educational brochures on heartworm for people seeking to adopt a shelter animal. The five free, downloadable brochures completed to date cover the following scenarios:


Heartworm Disease in Cats

Heartworm Disease in Dogs  

What You Need to Know About Heartworm Disease and Your Newly Adopted Cat

Adopting a dog from a shelter that does not test for or treat canine heartworm disease

Adopting a dog from a shelter that tests but does not treat canine heartworm disease

Adopting a dog that has tested positive and been treated for canine heartworm disease

Are You Adopting a Dog from Another Area of the Country?

What Does a “Negative” Heartworm Test Mean?

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The days are getting shorter, the nights are cooler, leaves are starting to turn, and football season is here. But that doesn’t mean your clients can forget about protecting their pets from heartworms.

To keep this message front and center with your clients, we’re sharing a set of new posters you can print OR post on your Facebook or Instagram page.

  • To save or print a poster, just click on the image below, then click on the “download” button and save the PDF file.
  • To save a poster for use on your social pages, simply open the downloaded poster, then right click on the file and follow the menu instructions to save the file as a JPEG image.

For more client tools, be sure to visit the Resource Center. And if you don’t already, make sure you’re sharing our Facebook and Instagram posts!