Dogs entering the Talbot Humane Adoption Center that test positive for heartworms will continue to receive treatment thanks to support from Odie’s Fund. Based at the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Odie’s Fund provides grants to animal shelters and dog rescue organizations to help pay for veterinary treatment and emergency supplies.
The donor-advised fund was founded by Easton residents Simone and Greg Rones. “We are very impressed with how hard the staff at Talbot Humane is working to help the area’s homeless pets,” said Simone Rones.
“We are honored to help them provide lifesaving heartworm treatments to dogs in their care.”
The grant will fund treatment for twenty heartworm-positive dogs that are waiting to be adopted. In addition, the Rones are also providing Talbot Humane with a “heartworm guarantee.” They have assured the organization that funds will be available to pay for treatment for any heartworm-positive dog that enters the Adoption Center during the current fiscal year.
Talbot Humane Executive Director Brian Metcalf thanked Simone and Greg Rones for their generous donation. “People often do not understand the financial challenges that go along with Talbot Humane’s commitment to our animals’ care,” he explained.
“To make sure each of the pets that we offer for adoption begins life in its new home as a healthy member of the family requires a significant commitment of resources. We greatly appreciate this donation from Odie’s Fund as recognition of our efforts for the community.”
Simone and Greg Rones established Odie’s Fund in 2005 in memory of their basset hound, Odie, that they had adopted in 1996 from a basset hound rescue group. “It is wonderful that one rescued pup is living on through this fund to help so many others,” added Metcalf.