Have A Heart ... Heal A Heart

Let's have a heart-to-heart!

ACES has successfully treated many dogs for heartworm over the years. Dogs must complete treatment and receive an "all clear" from their veterinarian before they can be adopted. So, a heartworm positive dog may remain in foster care for several months waiting for their forever home. Over the past year, ACES has committed the time and funding necessary to help several dogs overcome their heartworm disease so they can be adopted.

All ACES dogs are tested for heartworm and given preventive once they enter foster care.   So, foster parents might think about heartworm a bit more often, holding their breath until their foster comes back heartworm negative.  The existing preventive medications are excellent at preventing an infection, when they are used regularly.   Most veterinarians recommend that dogs stay on preventive year-round, not just in the summer when mosquitos are most evident.

Many dogs are not fortunate enough to be on heartworm preventive and they contract heartworm disease.  They then have to undergo treatment for this disease.  Treating heartworms isn’t easy and can be risky.  Once dogs receive the treatment, they must be kept on activity restriction for one to four months, depending on the vet’s recommendation. (Can you imagine keeping your setter in a crate and on a leash for four months straight?)  However, keeping the dog calm and restricting activity are important for minimizing complications from treatment, such as pulmonary embolism (blockage in the arteries due to the worms).  Some complications can be fatal.   Treatment is also expensive, often costing between $400 and $800.  If a dog experiences complications, it can cost over $1,000. 

Lately, it seems more and more of the dogs we take in test positive and need treatment.  This year, ACES Zeke completed his treatment, has bounced back to a healthy vigor and is now looking to be adopted.  ACES Isabella was also treated successfully and is heading to her forever home.  We have some other dogs waiting in the wings to finish their treatment and make their website debut.  ACES is forever thankful for the donors that support our annual heartworm prevention campaign..


One month’s preventive = $10
Keep a foster healthy for two months = $25
Heartworm test = $50
Help treat a dog = $100

Or mail your donation to:

Another Chance for English Setters
c/o Pat Bonetti, Secretary/Treasurer
51 Louden Road
Saco, Maine 04072



Frances Rathbone, in honor of ACES Lucy for heartworm treatment
The Fulton Family
Patrick & Dawn Clark
Heidi & Pete Janss
Donald Champlin & Nancy Tartaglione
Tracey & Allan Fogwill
Holly Christensen & ACES Pixie -
Please put this into the heartworm treatment fund! love, Pixie
Tom Swanson 
Joe Graves
Heather Baylor - 
You treated Starr and brought her into our lives. She's in our hearts forever and I hope this brings a beautiful English Setter to someone else.
Stephen & Sara Wilhelm
Lisa & David Griffith -  Love to all ACES setters from the Griffith family in honor of ACES KS Princess (2006), aka Grace, our brave heartworm survivor
Nancy Tartaglione & Donald Champlin 
Megan Gately -
Gift donation for Tara Bunnell and her love of all English Setters, from the beefy to the boney.