Heart to Heart Program


Want to spread the love and help out some furry loved ones? What a better way show to your love than by helping animals in need? We invite you to be a part of PHS’s Heart to Heart campaign, aimed at raising funds to treat heartworms in Portsmouth’s stray, abandoned, and neglected dogs.

Often, animals are surrendered or abandoned due to expensive medical care the animal needs. Of the most common ailments we find in stray or abandoned dogs, heartworms is one of the most tragic: easily preventable at a minimal cost, but potentially fatal if left untreated. With early treatment, this disease can be stopped in its tracks. Often, shelters and owners are unable to afford these treatments and the dog suffers unnecessarily and succumbs to the disease. At the Portsmouth Humane Society, we are saving the lives of dogs at risk for heartworms through the use of monthly preventatives, annual testing, humane education, and the treatment of those already infected. Annually, we spend over $7,500 dollars in heartworm treatments and monthly preventatives. We can proudly report that 85% percent of animals sheltered by PHS in 2015, including those with treatable illnesses such as heartworms, have been adopted, reunited with their owners, or transferred to a rescue. However, we need your help to extend our success into 2016. For this reason, we are asking you to make a tax deductible donation to our Heart to Heart program and support heartworm prevention and treatment.

This season of love, help us protect the hearts of those who love us unconditionally. 

To donate:

Use the PayPal link in the sidebar to make your donation online. Please add a note that the funds are to be used for heartworm treatment. If you would prefer, we can process your payment with a credit card over the phone at 757-397-6004. As always, you are welcome to mail a donation to the shelter at 4022 Seaboard Court, Portsmouth VA, 23701.

The Faces of the Heart to Heart Program:




Tahoe, a 6 year old Shepherd mix being treated for heartworms




Allegra, a 2 year old American Staffordshire mix being treated for heartworms










Scarlett, a 4-year-old Shepherd mix being treated for heartworms








Waffle, a 5-year-old pit bull/boxer mix being treated for heartworms