Thanks to a PEDIGREE Foundation Innovation Grant, Friends of the Animals Baton Rouge has successfully treated 71 shelter dogs that tested positive for heartworms.

The organization was one of seven grant recipients across the country and one of two to receive $25,000 for their work rescuing and treating heartworm-positive dogs, a news release said.

Shelter dogs testing positive for heartworms often are overlooked for adoption because of the expenses associated with treating the issue, which can be fatal if untreated.

“This grant has had a huge, positive impact on the lives of 71 rescued dogs, making them more adoptable and saving them from a deadly disease,” Executive Director Paula Schoen said.