Thanks to North Canton resident Amy Scott, the Stark County Humane Society now has a year's worth of flea and tick medication — for free.
Scott, a senior Novartis territory manager, partnered with Dr. Jennifer Jellison and Dr. Amanda Pullekins of For Paws Blue Cross Animal Hospital to donate products such as Para star and Easyspot to combat flea and tick disease.
Jellison the donation came about after her office started treating a humane society dog with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, a disease caused by ticks. She and others at the office wanted to curb flea and tick problems.
"We were talking to Amy about it and were brainstorming with her and said, 'Do you think we could ask Novaritis to make a donation to the humane society?" Jellison said.
And it really was that easy. Scott was able to get a year's worth of flea and tick products for the humane society.
"It's boxes and boxes of it," Jellison told North Canton Patch. "It's a really big deal. It's a huge gift from Novartis."
Jellison said the flea and tick medication also will make the humane society animals more adoptable.
"It just seemed like a really good way to prevent disease but also the ability to get (the dogs) adopted."
According to a news release from Novartis, fleas and Ticks not only make a pet uncomfortable but can cause diseases such as anemia and Lyme disease. Lyme disease is a very big concern because not only can your dog contract the disease but infect family members as well.