Healthy Hearts and Paws begins

BROOKFIELD — A newly formed organization is working to get pets microchipped and take care of their other medical needs.

Jason Cooke of Brookfield, who started the Healthy Hearts and Paws Project from his home this spring, said the nonprofit teamed up this weekend with Countryside Veterinary Services of Champion and Kinsman to give people the opportunity to have their pets microchipped.

He said getting dogs or cats microchipped will help get a pet home if it becomes lost or goes missing.

“It’s vitally important to get your dog or cat microchipped because collars can slip off, tags fall off. Microchips don’t,” Cooke said.

Jess Waldrop, veterinary assistant and technician with Country Veterinary said a microchip allows a cat or dog to be scanned and an agency can help track down the pet’s owner.

Countryside Veterinary Services staff provided information on preventing heartworm in pets. Healthy Hearts and Paws picked up a portion of the charge and Countryside Veterinary Service donated its services to microchip pets.

The staff also warned pet owners of dangers of mosquito bites and preventing heartworm.

Cooke, who along with volunteers, currently takes care of 25 dogs, said he decided to create the group to help heartworm-positive and medical needs dogs throughout Ohio.

Cooke said proceeds from the event helps the dogs under the organization’s care.

“This is helping the dogs get a second chance at life,” he said.

Representatives from the Trumbull County Dog Warden and other organizations attended.

People interested in volunteering, fostering or adopting a heartworm positive dog, can send a message on the Healthy Hearts and Paws Project Facebook page or call 234-855-5847.