If you would like Animal Control to test the dog you’re planning to adopt, tell the receptionist.
For dogs being spayed/neutered prior to going home:
- The heartworm test will be done at the time of surgery. If the test is positive, you will be phoned before you come to pick up the dog. If you decide NOT to take the dog after learning that the test was positive, you may get a refund OR apply the money to the adoption of another dog.
For dogs that have already been spayed/neutered and are otherwise ready to go home, you may:
- Leave your dog at Animal Control until the test has been performed or;
- Take your dog home and make an appointment to bring him/her back for testing in a few days. If the test is positive, Animal Control will phone you. If you decide NOT to take the dog after learning that the test was positive, you may return the dog and get a refund OR apply the money to the adoption of another dog.
If you decide to keep a dog that tested positive for heartworm, you should consult with your private veterinarian about the disease and how it may affect your particular dog. You, not Anne Arundel County Animal Control, are responsible for the cost of caring for your pet.