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Greater Good Charities, with Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health and The Animal Rescue Site celebrate anniversary of Good Flights program and successfully transport nearly 500 asymptomatic heartworm-carrying shelter dogs to adoptive homes

More than 1,600 at-risk Louisiana shelter dogs transported to East Coast, marking first year of ‘Save a Heart’ initiative

Seattle, Washington, April 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In honor of Heartworm Awareness Month, Great good charities, in cooperation with Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, maker of HEARTGARD® Plus (ivermectin/pyrantel), and The Animal Rescue Site, celebrate one year anniversary of the Good Flights program and have successfully transported over 1,600 at-risk shelter dogs from Louisiana to new homes on the East Coast. This number includes nearly 500 asymptomatic heartworm-carrying dogs as part of the save a heart initiative, which aims to reduce euthanasia in overcrowded animal shelters by preventing and treating heartworm disease in shelter dogs, while transporting asymptomatic adoptable dogs with heartworm to safety. To commemorate the first anniversary, an airlift of over 45 shelter dogs will take place on April 26 from New Orleans, LA. in Morristown, NJ.

“In his first year, save a heart, a lifesaving initiative of our Good Flights program, has saved hundreds of at-risk shelter dogs who otherwise likely would not have survived this dangerous disease,” said Liz Baker, CEO of Greater Good Charities. “The success of save a heart was made possible through the generosity of Boehringer Ingelheim, creator of HEARTGARD Plus, The Animal Rescue Site and the Banfield Foundation.

Boehringer Ingelheim, the maker of HEARTGARD Plus, covered medical costs and provided the product needed to treat asymptomatic shelter dogs with heartworm, and The Animal Rescue Site funded miscellaneous transportation and provided housing and accommodation supplies. ‘homepage. Additionally, the Banfield Foundation has helped defray the cost of veterinary care for pets at participating shelters in save a heart.

In the inaugural year, save a heart air and land transport took place about four times a month. In addition to the more than 1,600 shelter dogs moved to safety, hundreds of heartworm-positive shelter dogs who were not transported received medication in Louisiana through the save a heart initiative, saving even more lives.

Participating shelter partners in Louisiana include Acadiana Animal Aid, St. Charles Parish Animal Shelter, Lafourche Parish Animal Shelter, St. Martin Parish Animal Services, Cara’s House, Lafayette Animal Shelter and Care Center, Iberville Parish Animal Control, and Terrebonne Parish. Foster shelter partners include the St. Hubert Animal Welfare Center in New Jersey and the Humane Society of Broward County in Florida.

Asymptomatic shelter dogs with heartworm transported via save a heart receive initial medication, as recommended by the American Heartworm Society, prior to transport. Greater Good Charities’ Good Flights team works alongside veterinary teams to select candidates who are heartworm positive and show no clinical signs of the disease, which qualifies them for transport. Upon arrival at their destination shelter, heartworm-positive shelter dogs are ideally placed in foster or adoptive homes to complete heartworm treatment and post-treatment monitoring until they are negative.

“At Boehringer Ingelheim, we believe that animal and human lives are deeply and intricately connected,” said Julie Ryan-Johnson, DVM, Associate Director of Shelter Programs at Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, which makes HEARTGARD® Plus (ivermectin/pyrantel), a real beef chew that prevents heartworm disease in dogs and treats and controls hookworm and roundworm infections. “We know that when animals are healthy, humans are also healthier. We are proud to help improve the well-being of both with Greater Good Charities, to create a healthier future for our animals, our people and our communities. said Ryan-Johnson.

Good Flights is staffed by trained and experienced animal welfare transportation professionals who adhere to best practices in pet transportation. Good Flights covers all transportation costs to send shelters, provides mentoring, provides pet care supplies like crates and bowls donated by The Animal Rescue Site, and offers cash support to all partners shelters.

Good Flights is a program of Greater Good Charities that provides lifesaving airlifts and ground transportation for at-risk pet populations, with a focus on asymptomatic heartworm-positive shelter dogs, as well as disaster relief, homeless and hard to adopt cats. large breed dogs. All shelter animals transported via Good Flights will be handled in accordance with USDA interstate regulations. To learn more, visit

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: HEARTGARD® Plus (ivermectin/pyrantel) is well tolerated. All dogs should be tested for heartworm infection before starting a preventive program. Following the use of HEARTGARD Plus, gastrointestinal and neurological side effects have rarely been reported. For more information, Click here for complete prescribing information.

HEARTGARD®, the Dog & Hand® logo, PYRAMID®, PRESPONSE® and VAXXITEK® are registered trademarks of Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc. INGELVAC CIRCOFLEX® and PRASCEND® are registered trademarks of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica GmbH, used under license. . NexGard® is a registered trademark of the Boehringer Ingelheim Group. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2022 Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc., Duluth, Georgia. All rights reserved.

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About Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA
Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health is working on breakthrough innovation for the prediction, prevention and treatment of disease in animals. For veterinarians, pet owners, producers and governments in over 150 countries, we offer a broad, innovative portfolio of products and services to improve the health and well-being of pets and livestock. . As a global leader in the animal health industry and part of the family business Boehringer Ingelheim, we take a long-term view. The lives of animals and humans are interconnected in deep and complex ways. We know that when animals are healthy, humans are also healthier. By utilizing the synergies between our Animal Health and Human Pharma businesses and delivering value through innovation, we improve the health and well-being of both. Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health has deep roots in the USA From its beginnings in St. Joseph, Missouri more than 100 years ago, it has grown to encompass seven locations. The Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health portfolio contains widely used and respected vaccines, pest control and therapeutic products for companion animals, horses and livestock, including NexGard®, Heartgard®, Pyramid®, Presponse®, VAXXITEK®, CircoFLEX® and Prascend®. Learn more about Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA at

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