Last March our family rescued a special two-year shaggy dog from
a high kill shelter in Houston, Texas. Our dog Teddy had heartworm disease and was luckily nursed back to health. It is such a long painful process for dogs to recover from but well worth it!
Teddy was given two injections and had to remain in a crate and be inactive. It broke Annie's heart to see that her loving companion, who bought such happiness and joy to our family, had to endure great pain. She later discovered that heartworm disease is found in all fifty (50) states.
Many dogs are not given heartworm protection and these innocent
animals are vulnerable for pulmonary lung, heart disease, and even
death. She thought it is incredible to think that this condition can
be avoided by giving your pet one pill each month.
In an effort to raise heartworm awareness, Annie created a non-profit organization called Wags 4 Hope. It is here where she combines her passion for animals with her love of painting. All the money raised through her paintings is given to several dog shelters to help pay for their medical needs until they find their forever homes.
Teddy is such an incredible dog, and he made her aware of all of the other innocent animals who are at high risk.
To learn more, please visit Annie's website
www.wags4hope.org and you will see Teddy on the upper right hand corner. Annie and Teddy will be on News 12 CT April 4th to help spread hearworm awareness in light of April being National Heartworm Awareness Month.
Pls see Annie & Teddy on TV!!
See the depth of Annie's dedication:
**Donated and sold 30 of her BEAUTIFUL paintings at "Paws in the Park's" 50th anniversary to benefit the PAWS shelter in Norwalk, CT on October 6, 2012.
**Named the PAWS Youth Ambassador .
**Honored to have 1800 PetMeds as a supporter of my organization
**Held a bake sale at Pet Outlet in Bridgeport, CT to help raise money for Koda, a Westport, CT police dog's bulletproof vest in October.
**Spreading awareness to many Universities by sending flyers about heartworm disease to educate students and faculty.
**Some of my paintings will be auctioned at the Ethan Allen Hotel in Danbury, CT at the "Making a Difference Ball"on March 9th and all the money raised will be going to the Danbury Animal Welfare Society
**Annie will be on News 12 CT on Pet Talk on March 31st in light of April being National Heartworm Awareness month talking about my mission
Congratulations Annie on your life-saving work, inspiring others and on your Animal World USA Youth Leadership award!