Catawba Co Animal Shelter in NC has had a terrible virus infecting their shelter pets for the past month. They’ve tried to find out what it is by having tests done at animal virus labs but haven’t had any luck. The illness is “very difficult to treat”:
“It’s a mystery,” Jay Blatche, the shelter’s animal services manager, said. “It is a very bad disease. Everyone here is saddened by what we are doing today. There’s been some tears and I’m sure there will be some nightmares for our staff.”
Tears and nightmares? Well certainly treating sick pets can be exhausting and it is probably very taxing on the staff to maintain isolation wards on any sort of large scale – wait, what’s that you say? You’re not treating the sick pets and keeping the pets without symptoms separate from them? You’re just going to temporarily shut down and kill all 200 animals – even the healthy ones? Oh.
The shelter typically takes 30 animals a day, but is not accepting animals from the public during the temporary closure.
The kennels will undergo a thorough sanitation process that includes cleaning with bleach, detergent and antimicrobial agents, as well as pressure cleaning with hot water. The entire shelter will be cleaned, along with the heating and air conditioning system.
To my mind, those thorough sanitation procedures sound like a good idea for an animal shelter to perform regularly. Not just on special, kill-em-all occasions. In addition, there are a number of other standard disease prevention protocols for shelters that might come in useful for Catawba Co such as veterinary exam upon admittance and subsequent vaccination/isolation as deemed appropriate. Just thought I’d mention that, in case you want to avoid tears and nightmares in the future.