By Amy Christiansen Special to Published Apr 20, 2008 at 9:49 AM

Kevin is just oozing with love, and it seems to be infectious because everyone who meets him falls head over heels for him.

Kevin is a 1-year-old American bulldog mix who is neutered and current on vaccinations. He was found as a stray and taken to animal control but an owner was not located.

Volunteers from the Companion Animal Resource and Adoption Center immediately selected him for transfer to the adoption program because of his sweet nature, good looks and charming personality. He is truly a very endearing boy and the family that adopts him will be forever grateful.

But he does require a special family. At his initial veterinary exam a few weeks ago, it was learned that Kevin is heartworm positive.

Heartworm disease is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito and is easily prevented with a once monthly home-administered pill. Most veterinarians in our area recommend heartworm prevention year round but at least spring through fall. If infected, most dogs can be successfully cured but the treatment is taxing on the body and quite expensive.

Kevin is currently in foster care preparing to begin his treatment regimen. Until complete, he will require a lot of crate rest and only short walks on leash. But he can have as much TLC as his family is able to dispense. Once cleared of the disease, Kevin should not experience any problems but will require annual testing and monthly prevention so that he does not become infected again.

Kevin is available for viewing by appointment only, which can be coordinated by calling (414) 421-8881 or e-mailing For a full listing of animals available for adoption as well as more information about our program, please visit

For more information about heartworm disease and to determine a prevention protocol for your dog, please talk to your veterinarian.

Amy Christiansen Special to

Amy Christiansen is the Executive Director of the Companion Animal Resource and Adoption Center (CARAC). CARAC is located in the upper level of Southridge Mall and is dedicated to saving the unclaimed strays from the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission.

Amy grew up on the South Side of Milwaukee and now lives in Muskego with her husband and son and their three cats and three dogs. She also takes in the occasional foster dog.