This week’s special guest on the blog is a high school student from Connecticut named Annie. She wrote to us such a beautiful email, in which she explains in detail her work for sheltered dogs, and ones with heart-worm disease. Thanks for sending this, Annie!
Dear Dog TV,
My name is Annie Blumenfeld and I am 15 years old from Connecticut. I came
across your wonderful pet blog & Facebook page and I would love to share
with you my story and hopefully you can help me bring more attention to
About two years ago my family rescued our dog Teddy from Houston, Texas. It
was discovered he had a serious case of heartworm disease.
He was left inactive in a crate for 2 months, with many vaccinations, and
X-Rays. It broke my heart to see that he could not simply understand why he
was in his situation and that he could not play with any of his other
friends. It was such a painful, expensive, and long process that could have
been easily avoided with a monthly preventive.
After seeing my dog’s suffering I was curious to see if heartworm disease is
common. I discovered more than one million dogs in the United States
currently have heartworm disease and 45% are unprotected. In fact, it is
present in Canada, Africa, Australia, and the United Kingdom. So, in an
effort to spread heartworm disease awareness and at the same time help
support shelter animals’ medical needs I founded a non-profit 501 (c) 3
organization called Wags 4 Hope. It is where where I combine my love of
painting together with my passion for helping animals.
I sell my artwork and give all of the proceeds to animal shelters to help
pay for their medical expenses till they find their forever homes. To learn
more about my mission and ways that I have been spreading awareness please
I would be so honored for any help you can provide in sharing my story as
April is National Heartworm Disease Awareness month. It would would awesome
if people can click “like” on my wags4hope FB page & share with others
together we can help fight heartwom disease in our furry friends.
Thank you so much for your time!